After President Donald Trump attacked the city of Baltimore and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) in yet another racist rant, The Baltimore Sun showed no mercy in a scathing editorial.
Trump lashed out at Cummings and his Maryland district on Saturday, accusing the congressman of being corrupt and that the city is “rat infested” and unfit for humans.
The tweet drew wide condemnation just as his attack on four Democratic congresswomen of color did two weeks earlier, including from Cummings himself.
But it was the Baltimore Sun newspaper that brought the fire and fury.
“He wasn’t really speaking of the 7th as a whole,” the Baltimore Sun pointed out. “He failed to mention Ellicott City, for example, or Baldwin or Monkton or Prettyboy, all of which are contained in the sprawling yet oddly-shaped district.”
Indeed, Trump took specific aim at Baltimore, which has a majority African-American population.
“It’s not hard to see what’s going on here,” the paper continued. “The congressman has been a thorn in this president’s side, and Mr. Trump sees attacking African American members of Congress as good politics, 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.”
The Sun even called out Trump’s claim that his migrant detention camps are cleaner than the city.
“President Trump bad-mouthed Baltimore in order to make a point that the border camps are “clean, efficient & well run,” which, of course, they are not — unless you are fine with all the overcrowding, squalor, cages and deprivation to be found in what the Department of Homeland Security’s own inspector-general recently called “a ticking time bomb,”” the paper said.
It then reminded the American people of what Trump conveniently failed to mention about Baltimore.
In pointing to the 7th, the president wasn’t hoping his supporters would recognize landmarks like Johns Hopkins Hospital, perhaps the nation’s leading medical center. He wasn’t conjuring images of the U.S. Social Security Administration, where they write the checks that so many retired and disabled Americans depend upon. It wasn’t about the beauty of the Inner Harbor or the proud history of Fort McHenry. And it surely wasn’t about the economic standing of a district where the median income is actually above the national average. No, he was returning to an old standby of attacking an African American lawmaker from a majority black district on the most emotional and bigoted of arguments.
The Baltimore Sun could have stopped there, but it wasn’t done nailing Trump to the wall.
“This is a president who will happily debase himself at the slightest provocation,” the paper said. “And given Mr. Cummings’ criticisms of U.S. border policy, the various investigations he has launched as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, his willingness to call Mr. Trump a racist for his recent attacks on the freshmen congresswomen, and the fact that ‘Fox & Friends’ had recently aired a segment critical of the city, slamming Baltimore must have been irresistible in a Pavlovian way. Fox News rang the bell, the president salivated, and his thumbs moved across his cell phone into action.”
That segment on Fox News was nothing more than a hit piece, but the Sun noted that any problems the city has are Trump’s responsibility, too. After all, the buck is supposed to stop at his desk.
“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 before concluding with a an epic burn.
We would tell 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 that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post. Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity. Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one.
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