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Baltimore Clapped Back Hard After Trump's Racist Tweets

“Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one," wrote the Baltimore Sun's editorial board.

Last updated on July 28, 2019, at 3:50 p.m. ET

Posted on July 28, 2019, at 3:25 p.m. ET

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Baltimore residents are defending the city a day after President Trump went on another racist tirade calling the city “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”

After Trump criticized Rep. Elijah Cummings, who represents a large portion of Baltimore, the Baltimore Sun editorial board responded with a scorching editorial that said if there was any rat troubling the city, it was Trump. The board described the president's use of “the most emotional and bigoted arguments” to undermine an opponent, adding, “This is a president who will happily debase himself at the slightest provocation.”

“Mr. Trump sees attacking African American members of Congress as good politics,” the Sun editorial noted, “as it both warms the cockles of the white supremacists who love him and causes so many of the thoughtful people who don’t to scream.”

Trump, who has increasingly used racist statements to drive political conflict and rally his base, doubled down on his comments on Sunday, accusing Democrats of “playing the race card” and Cummings of attempting to “divide the country” by being a racist himself.

There is nothing racist in stating plainly what most people already know, that Elijah Cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district, and of Baltimore itself. Dems always play the race card when they are unable to win with facts. Shame!

If racist Elijah Cummings would focus more of his energy on helping the good people of his district, and Baltimore itself, perhaps progress could be made in fixing the mess that he has helped to create over many years of incompetent leadership. His radical “oversight” is a joke!

The attacks on Cummings come just two weeks after Trump targeted four progressive congresswomen with racist comments on Twitter saying they should “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Those comments enraged Democrats and inflamed Trump’s supporters, who chanted, “Send her back!” at a rally a few days later as Trump discussed one of the four, Ilhan Omar.

Trump reportedly told advisers that elevating the women as the opposition was a smart political move, according to the Washington Post.

The Sun’s editorial called Trump “the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir Putin and the guy who insisted there are 'good people' among murderous neo-Nazis.”

“Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one," wrote the editorial board.

On Sunday, the Sun's editorial also responded to Trump’s criticism that Cummings had not done enough for Baltimore.

“If there are problems here, rodents included, they are as much his responsibility as anyone’s, perhaps more because he holds the most powerful office in the land,” the editorial said.

Other residents of Baltimore and people from around the country also defended the city on social media.

Writer and producer David Simon, who examined the city’s struggle against crime and corruption in the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, pointed out the problems Trump identified were the result of generations of harmful social and economic policies.

A century of U.S. urban policy, drug prohibition and mass incarceration, deindustrialization, racial redlining by federal housing authorities, white flight following Brown v. and hypersegregation -- all the actual shit that's bigger than who their congressman and Trump ignores. https://t.co/NRp8qpZnzw

Other people questioned Trump’s focus on Baltimore and noted the remarkable circumstance of having to defend a US city against its own president.

There is a #WeAreBaltimore hashtag, not because of a national disaster or an act of domestic terror, but instead because the President chose to perpetuate a racist attack against it. Let’s all think on that for a second.

When will 46-1 do something about poverty, sickness, disease, crime, rape, incest, pedophilia, hunger, homelessness, terrorism, white supremacy, hatred, racism, and wickedness, that has infested America, the country over which he is president? #RacistPresident #WeAreBaltimore

Residents also took the opportunity to share their love for the city and commitment to their community.

#WeAreBaltimore every woman in this picture lives in Baltimore City. Every woman in this picture wakes up & tries to give back. They are social workers, administrators & therapist. We aren’t a caricature or subhuman.

Donald Trump: “No human being would want to live there” Human Beings: #WeAreBaltimore

#WeAreBaltimore figuring out how planets work and working to make science more diverse, equitable and inclusive

Contrary to what @realDonaldTrump thinks real human beings do live in Baltimore. Beautiful city!! #CharmCity #WeAreBaltimore

Meanwhile, presidential candidate and Sen. Kamala Harris, who has based her campaign headquarters in Baltimore, said it was “disgraceful the president has chosen to start his morning disparaging this great American city."

Many other Democrats also defended Cummings, including Nancy Pelosi and all four congresswomen who were the target of Trump's racist comments earlier this month.

“He is in the most powerful position in the *world* and yet he has no policy agenda for the people,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib said. “A hate agenda doesn't count.”

Someone take away his phone. He has failed as a President and he is blaming everyone, but his incompetent self. He is in the most powerful position in the *world* and yet he has no policy agenda for the people. A hate agenda doesn't count.🤦🏽‍♀️ #ShushTrump

Rep. Ayanna Pressley called Cummings “an exemplary public servant” and said Trump was “intimidated by someone who is holding him accountable and exposing his abuses of power.”

.@RepCummings is an exemplary public servant. He fights for the left behind & unheard. Clearly the Occupant of the White House is intimidated by someone who is holding him accountable and exposing his abuses of power. The Chairman is effective& efficient in the pursuit of justice

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was born in Baltimore, added that Cummings had her full support.

.@RepCummings is a champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague. We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership. #ElijahCummingsIsAPatriot https://t.co/2LG8AuQrHh


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