Using wit, charm, and verses from the Bible, Hillary Clinton gave a stirring speech at the funeral for Rep. Elijah Cummings, effectively skewering Donald Trump to the delight of the audience.
Clinton was repeatedly (and unfairly) targeted by Trump during the 2016 Presidential campaign, who referred to her as a “nasty woman” and continues to make baseless claims about her emails. So it’s understandable that Clinton might find humor in the moment, and use it to great effect, mocking Trump while remembering her old friend.
“Like the prophet, our Elijah could call down fire from heaven — but he also prayed and worked for healing,” Clinton said before the audience of dignitaries, legislators, and statesmen. “Like the Old Testament prophet, he stood against corrupt leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.”
Clinton wielded her biblical knowledge like a sword. Anyone attending the funeral surely knew she was referencing Trump without mentioning him directly.
Hillary Clinton on Elijah Cummings: "Like the prophet, our Elijah could call down fire from heaven—but he also prayed and worked for healing…
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 25, 2019
Clinton also added that Cummings “pushed back against the abuse of power; he was unwavering in his defense of our democracy” and that he “had little tolerance for those who put party ahead of country or partisanship ahead of truth.”
If Trump, who incidentally and unsurprisingly did not attend the funeral, was listening, he would have been more apoplectic than usual. Cummings, after all, zeroed in on Trump’s many abuses of power and his destruction of democracy. It’s largely thanks to him that House Democrats are conducting an impeachment inquiry.
This was not lost on Twitter users who responded with humor and enthusiasm to Clinton’s speech.
Hillary Clinton just compared Donald and Melania Trump to King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. #ouch
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) October 25, 2019
HUGE applause when Hillary Clinton made this theological zinger at Elijah Cummings' funeral: "It is no coincidence that Elijah shared a name with an Old Testament prophet … Like that Old Testament prophet he stood against the corrupt leadership of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel."
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) October 25, 2019
— Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) October 25, 2019
King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. #brilliant
— Angela Miller (@MillerAngieOTC) October 25, 2019
Who can blame Clinton for taking this vile, nasty man down in one perfect moment at a truly devout Congressman’s funeral?