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October 17, 2019

President Trump's condolences for Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) are surprisingly normal.

Cummings, the leader of the House Oversight Committee pursuing impeachment into Trump, died Thursday at 68 due to "complications concerning longstanding health challenges." His fellow congressmembers were quick to pour out praise for Cummings in the hours after the news broke, and, unexpectedly, so was Trump.

In a Thursday tweet, Trump extended his "warmest condolences" to Cummings' friends and family. "I got to see firsthand the strength, passion, and wisdom of this highly respected political leader," Trump continued — a very tame message considering Trump's July feud with Cummings.

Trump spent the summer insulting Cummings and his home district in Maryland, calling Baltimore "a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" and even mocking Cummings when his home was robbed. But at least in writing, and at least for now, Trump seems to have changed his tune. Kathryn Krawczyk

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