President Trump is never one to keep quiet when something needs to be said.
That’s part of what makes him such a strong, effectual national leader.
Two weeks, Trump ignited a bomb when he said what so many of us have thought for months and years when he told Democrat congresswomen like Omar and AOC to leave America if they don’t like it here.
Now, Trump has taken aim at Rep. Elijah Cummings, another Democrat in Congress that recently lashed out at Head of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan during a hearing about the conditions at border detention facilities.
Take a look at what Trump had to say in response to Cummings here:
Trump has a point when he says that the Democrats in Congress criticizing the border and his policies should first fix their own districts (you know, what they're supposed to be doing in Congress), and their own hometowns before crying about the plank in someone else's eye!
Check out the news of Trump's latest attack on liberal hypocrisy that hit Twitter:
Of course, Trump's truth bomb was not taken well by the left, who immediately decried the tweets as further evidence of Trump's so-called "racism."
Here's how liberals reacted to the tweets:
Elizabeth Warren was among the liberals outraged over Trump's tweets:
However, patriots were quick to clap back to show that there is proof behind Trump's claims of the horrible "rat and rodent-infested" condition of the city of Baltimore:
A Baltimore resident spoke out to tell the truth behind the tweets:
President Trump followed up his initial tweets with video proof of the shambles he claimed that Baltimore was in:
Bill Mitchell made an excellent point to summarize what went down between Trump's truth and the liberal moral outrage over it:
For some background on the fit Cummings had at a House hearing over conditions of border facilities - the fit that sent Trump to Twitter to respond to it - Politico gave the following details:
House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings ripped into the acting head of Homeland Security on Thursday, upbraiding Kevin McAleenan over the conditions of detention facilities for migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Maryland Democrat got emotional while discussing the crowded centers migrants are being held in. Reading from a court document in which a federal judge found that Homeland Security “did a better job of tracking immigrants’ personal property than their children,” Cummings repeatedly shut down McAleenan's attempts to speak.
“I’m talking about human beings,” Cummings said. “I’m not talking about people that come from, as the president said, shitholes. These are human beings. Human beings. Just trying to live a better life.”
Cummings asked whether there is an “empathy deficit" at DHS, though he later clarified that he meant the Trump administration's implementation of its so-called zero tolerance policy toward people crossing the border without permission. The 2018 policy, which was intended to deter migrants from coming to the U.S. and led to families being detained and split up, lasted little more than a month before President Donald Trump ended family separations amid public outcry.
Two government watchdogs have since found the administration was unprepared to carry out the policy or mitigate its effects.
Cummings took particular issue with McAleenan’s suggestion shortly becoming acting secretary that DHS maintained “very careful” records of the relationships between migrant children and their parents in order to reunite them “very expeditiously.” One inspector general report subsequently found “no evidence” of the kind of central database the Trump administration had touted. McAleenan acknowledged Thursday that information systems between immigration agencies hadn’t been sufficiently integrated.
Cummings said he wouldn’t accuse McAleenan of being untruthful “lightly," telling him his "claim is also refuted by not one but two independent inspectors general.”
Outlining additional areas where McAleenan has offered a different account than government watchdogs, Cummings said he was troubled to hear DHS painting a rosier picture of its work at the border.
“And therefore, I guess — you feel like you’re doing a great job right?” Cummings asked.
McAleenan responded his department was “doing our level best,” before being cut off again.
“What does that mean? What does that mean? When a child is sitting in their own feces, can’t take a shower?” Cummings said, his voice shaking. “Come on man. What’s that about? None of us would have our children in that position.”
“They are human beings,” he said, beginning to raise his voice. He added that he didn’t think Democrats’ complaints were being taken seriously. “I get tired of folks saying, ‘Oh they’re just beating up on the Border Patrol.' 'Oh, they’re just beating up on Homeland Security.’ All I’m saying is, I want to concentrate on these children, and I want to make sure that they're OK. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: It’s not the deed you do to a child. It’s the memory. It’s the memory.
“We are the United States of America! We are the greatest country in the world,” he said. “Come on. We’re better than that. And I don't want us to lose sight of that. How do you say to a 2-year-old … 'We can’t find your mother, but we can find her keys?'”
The Baltimore Sun had the following to say about Trump's criticism of Cummings and the condition of his district:
After President Donald Trump attacked U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland on Saturday as a “brutal bully” and called his 7th District “disgusting, rat and rodent infested," officials, residents and political commentators jumped to the defense of the congressman and his Baltimore home.
Some went so far as to call Trump’s tweets racist as the president again took to Twitter to vilify his political enemies, using inflammatory language that some believe stokes the nation’s racial divisions as he prepares to run for reelection in 2020.
“Elijah Cummings grew up facing racist bullies like Trump and learned to confront them with qualities unknown to Trump: courage and integrity. The great people of Baltimore have something Trump craves but will never have as he degrades the Office of the President: dignity,” U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland tweeted.
Trump’s detractors flooded Twitter to support the city and Cummings. The topic “#WeAreBaltimore” was trending at No. 1 on Twitter with more than 14,000 tweets by Saturday evening. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California tweeted that Cummings is “a champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic justice." Pelosi, a Baltimore native, also stressed that “we all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership.”
Trump’s opponents for the White House, U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, also unleashed their disdain for the president’s remarks. “Donald Trump’s tweets are ugly and racist,” Warren tweeted.
It started as many Trump Saturday morning Twitter attacks do as the president watched a “Fox & Friends” segment in which a Republican strategist called Cummings’ district the “most dangerous” in America and showed video of boarded-up rowhouses and trash-strewn alleys in West Baltimore.
The report followed a July 18 congressional hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that Cummings chairs looking at conditions at facilities holding children suspected of crossing the border illegally. Cummings lashed out during the hearing at Kevin McAleenan, head of the Department of Homeland Security, for what he described as conditions in which children were left to defecate on themselves and did not have access to a shower.
....As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming 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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
After the Fox segment suggested that Cummings’ district was worse off than the border, Trump took to Twitter criticizing Cummings and his district, which encompasses much of Baltimore, but reaches into Baltimore and Howard counties, and is 53 percent black.
“Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA......," Trump tweeted.
Calling the district “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” Trump tweeted Cummings should spend more time in Baltimore to “help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.”
Trump doubled-down on his attacks on Cummings Saturday night, retweeting videos that purportedly showed blighted homes and neighborhoods in West Baltimore. “@RepCummings, why don’t you focus on your district!?” Trump commented while sharing a video from a self-identified pro-Trump activist. In a separate tweet he accused Cummings of “trying to hurt innocent people through ‘Oversight.’”
Trump also questioned the amount of money being sent to the Maryland’s 7th District “when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States.” Questioning where “all this money is going,” and “how much is stolen,” he demanded an investigation into “this corrupt mess immediately!”
The White House on Saturday morning didn’t immediately respond to requests for clarity on Trump’s accusations against Maryland’s 7th district, but his comments drew praise from some of his supporters. A few cited Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders comments from 2015 that likened the poverty in West Baltimore to a “Third World” country.
Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors.— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) July 27, 2019
It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.
Mr. President, we can address this together. Two years ago, I went to the White House to ask you to endorse my bill to let the government negotiate directly for lower drug prices.— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) July 27, 2019
You told me then that you supported the legislation and that you would work with me to make it happen. I took you at your word.https://t.co/bcfyQgXwm4— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) July 27, 2019
Cummings responded to Trump’s comments in a series of tweets just after 11 a.m.
“Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors,” Cummings tweeted.
Calling that fight his “constitutional duty,” Cummings also called Trump to task to support legislation to let the government negotiate directly for lower prescription drug prices.
Cummings shared those comments a day after he held a hearing on the prices of prescription drugs and “the financial hardships that families across the nation, and in Baltimore, are facing,” Cummings said.
Cummings was far from alone in defending himself and the city. Residents, Baltimore natives and politicians took the president to task for his comments.
Fighting back tears, an emotional CNN anchor Victor Blackwell, who was born and raised in the city, called out the president’s repeated use of the word “infested” while attacking minority lawmakers.
“Donald Trump has tweeted more than 43,000 times, he’s insulted thousands of people, many different types of people, but when he tweets about infestation, it’s about black and brown people,” Blackwell said.
In attacking Cummings’ district, Trump targeted not only Baltimore, where the congressman grew up, but a district whose southern edge stretches to Columbia and to rolling horse country and million-dollar homes in the north. It includes the Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital, the headquarters of the NAACP and one of the nation’s wealthiest black-majority districts, with above average levels of education.
Regarding the real conditions of Baltimore against the mainstream narrative, The Daily Wire commented:Trump added, "Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!"
CNN's Victor Blackwell claimed on-air that the president was referring to black and brown people when he touched on Baltimore's rat "infestation."
"'Infested.' That's usually reserved for references to rodents and insects, but we've seen the president invoke 'infestation' to criticize lawmakers before. You see a pattern here?" said an emotional Blackwell, according to CNN.
Charm City is once again among America's "Rattiest Cities," according to a new report from pest control company Orkin, although it has shown progress in each of the past two years. Baltimore comes in at No. 9 on the company's 2018 rankings released Monday.
This is the fourth year that Orkin has compiled the rankings, which are based on the number of rodent treatments the company performed from Sept. 15, 2017 to Sept. 15, 2018. It includes both residential and commercial treatments.
Baltimore dropped one slot from last year, when it was ranked eighth; two years ago it was No. 6 on the Orkin list. The city has undertaken several rat control measures, including the issuance of municipal garbage cans to contain waste.
Moreover, "Baltimore had the worst homicide rate among the nation's 50 largest cities last year and the second-highest violent crime rate overall, according to new data from the FBI," The Baltimore Sun reported in 2018.
Video filmed by politico Kimberly Klacik also reinforce President Trump's tweets. In the videos, Baltimore residents complain about the rough conditions and desperately beg for government officials to "help."
Kimberly Klacik appeared on Fox & Friends at 6:15 EST today where she discussed the terrible living conditions in Baltimore— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 27, 2019
Klacik said: "there's abandon homes filed with trash, homeless addicts, empty needles that they have used ... it's attracting rodents, cockroaches..." pic.twitter.com/AdR2P0rKwU
He claims to care about children & their future, however in West Baltimore you will find abandoned homes on every block. Many filled with trash, rodents & homeless looking for shelter. Children live on these streets seen here. This district belongs to @RepCummings. More to come.. pic.twitter.com/8z7tfIHU0q— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) July 25, 2019
It is so sad to see @VictorBlackwell & @CNN turn the light currently shining on #WestBaltimore into a race issue. This could result in a positive change. @RepCummings could help get his district in order. Listen to one of his constituents explain the "rats & rodents" problem. pic.twitter.com/LTG8AnT27x— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) July 27, 2019
Let's continue to expose the truth. This is a neighborhood filled w/families that have small children. West Baltimore is filled with trash thanks to dumping. A problem city officials should have addressed years ago. This is @RepCummings district. @realDonaldTrump— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) July 27, 2019
More to come pic.twitter.com/gFFszjW490
Just to be clear I have more videos— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) July 27, 2019
I filmed this video to show how long many of the row houses have been sitting abandoned. The tree in this home is taller than the actual home itself. This has nothing to do with race, I was trying to show the plight. Also, I am black pic.twitter.com/qlqc1PCCoc
In this video, @RepCummings constituents explain how clean Coppin State University is kept, while their neighborhood is used as a dumping ground. I was told if trash was not in marked green cans, the city refused to remove it. More abandoned row houses. #WestBaltimore pic.twitter.com/wuSNoiNJED— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) July 27, 2019
More trash. More concerned residents. People live in the home with the silver van. This is @RepCummings district. This has nothing to do with race. Let us all pray the city removes the trash & install cameras to catch the individuals dumping on the property. #WestBaltimore pic.twitter.com/CCaRH5c0aO— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) July 27, 2019
After posting the video clips, Klacik claimed she was being targeted by the media. "So I am receiving calls that reporters are working on a hit piece on me. It is truly disappointing," she said in a tweet posted Saturday afternoon. "Residents asked if I could help get the trash removed. I filmed it, posted it. You would think people would be upset that their brothers & sisters are living in those conditions."
So I am receiving calls that reporters are working on a hit piece on me. It is truly disappointing. Residents asked if I could help get the trash removed. I filmed it, posted it. You would think people would be upset that their brothers & sisters are living in those conditions.— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) July 27, 2019
Fox News' Greg Gutfeld said that if Trump is a "racist," he really "sucks at it," noting the president’s agenda and enacted policies.
"Trump's about to execute a white supremacist, while trying to free a black rapper from jail, as he pushes prison reform that directly benefits families of black men, while calling out a city where minorities are victims of crime & blight. if Trumps a racist, he sucks at it," wrote Gutfeld.
Trumps about to execute a white supremacist, while trying to free a black rapper from jail, as he pushes prison reform that directly benefits families of black men, while calling out a city where minorities are victims of crime & blight. if Trumps a racist, he sucks at it.— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) July 27, 2019