Trump Attacks Baltimore and One of Its Lawmakers

Trump Attacks Baltimore and One of Its Lawmakers

America's Voice Admin
July 28, 2019

President Donald Trump is engaged in days of attacks on the eastern U.S. city of Baltimore and one of its top officials, Congressman Elijah Cummings, after the African-American lawmaker assailed the Trump administration's treatment of migrants at the southern border with Mexico.

In a string of Twitter comments, Trump called the 68-year Cummings, now in his 13th term in the House of Representatives, a "brutal bully" and claimed that his congressional district "is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess." Trump contended that Cummings's district is "FAR WORSE and more dangerous" than the border facilities where the government detains migrants who have crossed the U.S. border without documentation.

….As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019

Government statistics show, however, that Cummings's district, which includes impoverished parts of Baltimore and well-off suburban enclaves adjoining the city, has higher per capita income and higher median home values than the national average.

Trump rebuffed criticism of his latest attack on a minority lawmaker. He recently assailed four first-term Democratic lawmakers, all women of color, saying they should "go back" to their home countries, even though all four are American citizens, three of them by birth and the fourth, a Somali refugee, through naturalization.

"The Democrats always play the Race Card, when in fact they have done so little for our Nation’s great African American people," Trump claimed. "Now, lowest unemployment in U.S. history, and only getting better. Elijah Cummings has failed badly!"

….a look, the facts speak far louder than words! The Democrats always play the Race Card, when in fact they have done so little for our Nation’s great African American people. Now, lowest unemployment in U.S. history, and only getting better. Elijah Cummings has failed badly!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2019

In another comment, Trump complained, "Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!"

Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019

In recent congressional hearings, Cummings, as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, berated Kevin McAleenan, the acting Homeland Security chief. Cummings attacked McAleenan for the condition of the country's detention facilities at the border and the government's lax records on tracking the whereabouts of migrant parents it had separated from children at the border, a months-long problem even after Trump, facing a public outcry, ended family separations.

Cummings cited a federal judge's conclusion that Homeland Security "did a better job of tracking immigrants' personal property than their children."

Trump countered, "As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded."

As Trump unleashed his attacks, Cummings defended himself, saying, “Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents."

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney rejected the notion that Trump's attacks on Cummings were racially motivated.

"When the president hears lies [about the immigration facilities], he's going to attack back," Mulvaney told the Fox News Sunday interview show. "The president is attacking Cummings for saying things that are not true. It has absolutely nothing to do with race."

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