After being condemned as racist for criticizing Rep. Elijah Cummings’ (D-Md.) neglect of his “rat-infested mess” district, President Donald Trump’s take on the House Democrat and his poverty-stricken city was agreed upon by Baltimore residents.
The battle began when Cummings led his Oversight Committee to vote on subpoenaing Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and other White House aides after the Democrat-spurred testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller failed miserably to incriminate the president of Russian collusion in the 2016 election.
Trump retaliated by taking aim at Cummings in a series of Twitter posts.
“Elijah Cummings spends all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through ‘Oversight,’” Trump tweeted Saturday. “He does NOTHING for his very poor, very dangerous and very badly run district! Take a look.... #BlacksForTrump2020.”
He also called him a “brutal bully,” as the pro-immigration lawmaker has been a virulent critic of Trump’s tough-on-immigration policies and detention centers … with many Democrats in the House in presidential primary jumping on the bandwagon with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her false narrative of the facilities along the United-States-Mexico border being “exactly like” concentration camps.
“... As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run – just very crowded,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “Cummings’ 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.”
Baltimore strikes back
Immediately following Trump’s comeback challenging Cummings to clean up his own mess before lobbing more bombs on the White House, a media firestorm ensued with left-leaning journalist and Democratic leaders accusing the president’s criticisms of being race-driven.
However, top Democrats, the media and now residents have regularly taken aim at Baltimore for its rife poverty, crime and political corruption that have remained out-of-control – despite billions of dollars in federal funds in recent years going to Cummings’ district to (supposedly) clean it up.
As a result, Baltimore citizens – just like Trump – haven’t taken kindly to Cummings’ failure to take care of his own district … and strongly concur with the president.
"What he [Trump] said was definitely true,” a Baltimore resident named Michelle said about Trump’s tweets when speaking with Baltimore County Republican Central Committee member Kimberly Klacik, according to TheBlaze. “[Cummings] hasn't done anything for us. As far as the houses and everything, like I said, [Cummings] has never done anything for not even one person that I know of. I never heard anybody say anything about him – and people want to talk about Donald Trump?”
She then asked the same question many conservatives pose regarding Cummings’ and fellow Democrats’ staunch open-borders stance … basically, “Why is the government spending billions of taxpayer dollars on illegals while we have millions of needy citizens being neglected – including disabled veterans, minorities, the elderly and other destitute Americans living under the poverty line.
“Why is [Cummings] over there taking care of people at the border?” she Michelle demanded. “We hungry. We need a place to stay. We feel like we in a concentration camp – and it's just sad. [Cummings is] more worried about them than his own people – it's just crazy."
As an African American, Michelle also insisted that she disagrees with liberals and other Democrats who claim Trump is racist.
"Trump is not racist," Michelle argued in a second video tweeted by Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra. "I'm glad that [Trump] put [Cummings] on blast because people in West Baltimore been putting Elijah Cummings on blast for years – ever since he's been in office. He never did anything for us. If he supposed to be from this neighborhood ... the rats just didn't come. These houses just didn't get torn down, they've been like this. If he would take the time out to come over here and see how things are, maybe he'd be better at his job."
A lifetime Baltimore resident corroborated that Trump’s tweets weren’t racist, but just calling out corruption within the city leadership that have led to its current state of crisis, noting that the only time Cummings visits Baltimore is to capitalize on politically advantageous situations … while never attempting to hear and meet the needs of his constituents.
"I believe what the president said about Mr. Cummings is exactly right,” the Baltimore native told CSPAN when calling in Sunday morning, as tweeted by the Washington Journal. “I don't think that it was an indictment of the city – I think it was an indictment of the leadership in Baltimore city."
Not the only one …
Trump is not the only one to call out the abysmal conditions of Baltimore – just the only one called racist for bringing them to light.
Former President Barack Obama also brought attention to Baltimore’s state of decay after the riots a few years back.
“[I]n 2015, President Barack Obama spoke about communities in the major Maryland city that are struggling with ‘abject poverty,’ ‘no investment,’ and drugs,” the Daily Caller recalled. “Obama partially blamed the riots on the lack of opportunity in Baltimore communities – pointing out the high rates of crime, substandard education, and drug abuse.”
Obama made it clear that the substandard conditions existed in Baltimore because poverty in the area has gone unchecked.
“[Riots are more likely to occur] if you have impoverished communities that have been stripped away of opportunities, where children are born into abject poverty … they’ve got parents – often because of substance abuse problems, or incarceration, or lack of education themselves – can’t do right by their kids,” Obama said at the time, according to the Daily Caller.
After the riots, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) observed and addressed the same concerns Trump brought up about Baltimore.
"Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think you're in a wealthy nation,” Sanders contended in December 2015, according to the Baltimore Sun. “You would think that you were in a Third World country."
He then corroborated the same conditions Trump mentioned.
"[T]oday, what we're talking about is a community in which half of the people don't have jobs," Sander explained to reporters later during his trip, according to TheBlaze. "We're talking about a community in which there are hundreds of buildings that are uninhabitable."
Even the Baltimore Sun – which has bashed the president for calling the city “filthy” – ran a piece on April 11 agreeing that the city is a strewn with garbage, with the headline: "Baltimore's perpetual trash problem." The lead paragraph reads: "Why can't we have a clean city? It's a problem that has perplexed generations of mayors in Baltimore. Call it the perpetual trash nemesis."
Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh pointed out the city’s infestation problem, as well, just last year – before she left office due to corruption charges.
“Whoa, you can smell the rats,” Pugh told Fox 45 (WBFF) on September 11, 2018 in an article headlined, “Baltimore Mayor Unfiltered on City Streets” that ran before she left office. "What the …? We should just take all this [expletive] down … Oh, my God, you can smell the dead animals."