Leaders In Baltimore And Maryland Denounce Trump Tweets Attacking Elijah Cummings
Maryland leaders and residents are condemning a series of tweets by President Trump on Saturday that attacked Rep. Elijah Cummings and derided the black congressman's district as "a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess."
Cummings responded to the president on Saturday, writing on Twitter that he is a dedicated advocate for his constituents.
"Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors," he said.
He added, "It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents."
The mayor of Baltimore, Bernard C. "Jack" Young, tweeted a statement calling Trump's tweets "completely unacceptable" and a vicious attack on Cummings and the city. "Mr. Trump, you are a disappointment to the people of Baltimore, our country, and to the world," he wrote.
"This is an example of the racist bully we have as a president, lashing out at Elijah Cummings for speaking the truth and for standing up to the president and his policies," Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., told the Washington Post. "And the president just can't take that and lashed out in a way that clearly had racial overtones."
Former Baltimore mayor and governor of Maryland Martin O'Malley told NPR's All Things Considered that President Trump "deals in that impoverished vocabulary of a scapegoating fascist. It's always about the other. It's always about them."