Trump leveled a Twitter attack at Rep. Elijah Cummings and his Baltimore district Saturday morning, in the wake of the congressman’s criticism of conditions at detention centers on the US-Mexico border. In the tweets, the president derided Cummings' majority-black district as a place "no human being would want to live."
"His district is considered the Worst in the USA," wrote the president Saturday. "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."
Cummings is an African-American 13-term Maryland congressman whose district includes more than half of Baltimore and is 54 percent black.
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
Cummings serves as House Oversight Committee Chairman, and earlier this week he criticized acting Department of Homeland Security head Kevin McAleenan over the poor conditions in which migrants are being detained. "I’m talking about human beings," Cummings said. "I’m not talking about people that come from, as the president said, shitholes. These are human beings. Human beings. Just trying to live a better life."
The president’s tweets apparently came in the wake of a Fox & Friends segment that contrasted Cummings' condemnation of the poor treatment of migrants with footage from impoverished communities within the congressman's district. Despite Trump’s depiction of the district as a blighted disaster zone—which is in keeping with other remarks he's made about majority black communities—its median household income of $60,929 is higher than the national average.
Everything Donald Trump knows about Rep. Elijah Cummings and his Baltimore congressional district comes from the Fox & Friends segment he just watched. pic.twitter.com/Fy4RmkD5Pz— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) July 27, 2019
Trump’s tweets about Cummings and his district follows weeks of the president’s attacks on Democratic congresswomen of color, which began with tweets in which he urged the American representatives to "go back" to where they came from. The racist messages prompted substantial criticism, to which the president replied that he doesn’t "have a racist bone" in his body.
Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show “weakness” and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019
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