Trump lashes out at Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore district
WASHINGTON – On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump vented on Twitter about a political adversary, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and assailed an American city, Baltimore.
“Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous,” Trump wrote.
Trump continued by saying conditions on the border were “clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded,” whereas Cummings’ district was “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.” Trump did not present evidence for this claim about the district.
Cummings, who has been a prominent Trump critic, represents part of Baltimore and Maryland suburbs. According to census data, Cummings’ district, the 7th District of Maryland, is 53% black and has an average household income of $60,929.
Trump also claimed the district was the “worst run and most dangerous” in the United States and called for an investigation into the “corrupt mess” in the district.
As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Cummings has taken on a leading role in criticizing the Trump administration’s border policies. On July 18, Cummings’ committee held a hearing about the federal government’s treatment of migrants in detention during which Cummings sharply critiqued acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan.
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“The damage that the Trump administration has inflicted – and is continuing to inflict – will impact these children for the rest of their lives,” said Cummings to McAleenan, referring to the detention of migrant children.
On July 16, the House of Representatives voted to formally condemn several of Trump’s tweets as racist. Trump had attacked four progressive House freshmen colloquially known as the “Squad” and told them on Twitter to “go back” where they came from. Four Republicans and one independent, Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich., joined all Democrats in voting to condemn the remarks.