WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump was hit with new accusations of racism Saturday after he attacked a distinguished African-American lawmaker and branded the bulk black metropolis of Baltimore an “infested mess.”
Trump’s outburst got here in a collection of sharply worded tweets aimed toward Democratic Consultant Elijah Cummings — a high-profile critic of Trump’s administration whose district covers a lot of Baltimore.
“Cumming (sic) District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” the president wrote, calling it “the worst run and most harmful wherever in the US.”
“No human being would need to dwell there,” he mentioned — in an assault ostensibly provoked by Cummings’ criticism of the cruel situations going through would-be asylum seekers on the Mexican border.
“Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming on the nice males & girls of Border Patrol about situations on the Southern Border, when really his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and extra harmful,” Trump charged.
The president’s morning diatribe ignited a storm of criticism, lower than two weeks after the US Home of Representatives condemned him for “racist” feedback concentrating on a Somali-born lawmaker.
The highest Democrat in Congress, Nancy Pelosi — whose father served as mayor of Baltimore — accused Trump of a “racist” assault.
“@RepCummings is a champion within the Congress and the nation for civil rights and financial justice, a beloved chief in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague,” Pelosi wrote on Twitter.
“All of us reject racist assaults in opposition to him and assist his steadfast management.”
The Democratic mayor of Baltimore Bernard “Jack” Younger — who’s black — rejected Trump’s rhetoric as “hurtful and harmful.”
“It’s utterly unacceptable for the political chief of our nation to denigrate a vibrant American Metropolis like Baltimore, and to viciously assault US Consultant Elijah Cummings,” Younger wrote in an announcement.
Distinguished Democratic presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, tweeted that she was “proud” to have her 2020 marketing campaign headquarters within the Cummings district.
“It’s disgraceful the president has chosen to start out his morning disparaging this nice American metropolis,” mentioned Harris, certainly one of two main black candidates within the race to succeed Trump.
Cummings himself tweeted: “Mr. President, I am going house to my district every day. Every morning, I get up, and I am going and battle for my neighbors. It’s my constitutional obligation to conduct oversight of the Govt Department. However it’s my ethical obligation to battle for my constituents.”
As chairman of the Home Oversight Committee, Cummings — some of the distinguished African People in Congress — has launched investigations into Trump administration insurance policies, together with stories of poor remedy at migrant detention facilities.
Trump’s assault was paying homage to his latest, racially-charged criticism of 4 younger Democratic lawmakers, all girls of shade, who he advised ought to “return” to the “crime infested” locations they got here from. In actual fact, three have been born within the US and all 4 are Americans.
Baltimore, a historic port metropolis, presents a combined image, with each good-looking and prosperous neighborhoods and enormous poverty-stricken districts. It has one of many nation’s highest homicide charges.
Cummings’ district is greater than 50 p.c black — and town of Baltimore as entire greater than 60 p.c.