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Trump tells black lawmaker to clean up 'disgusting, rat and rodent infested' district

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By David Brunnstrom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump hit out at a prominent African-American critic on Saturday, calling him a "brutal bully" who should concentrate on cleaning up his "disgusting, rat and rodent infested" Baltimore district rather than criticizing the work of U.S. immigration officers on the Mexican border.

Trump's target in a series of early morning tweets was U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, who has called Trump a racist and sharply criticized his immigration policies.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to Trump by calling Cummings a champion for civil rights and economic justice and added in a tweet: "We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership."

On Thursday, the committee voted 23-16 along party lines to allow Cummings to issue subpoenas to White House officials, including Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, deepening a probe into potential violations of government record-keeping laws.

Later Saturday, Trump signaled his anger with Cummings' committee efforts, writing in another tweet that the Democrat "spends all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through 'Oversight.'"

Trump, a Republican, took aim at Cummings' criticism of his administration's Mexican border policies.

"Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern (NYSE:SO) Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA......," Trump tweeted.

"(T)he 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," he said.

In another tweet, Trump questioned why so much money was spent on Cummings' district, which covers the downtown area of the city of Baltimore, about 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Washington, "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," Trump wrote.

'COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE'

Last week, Cummings slammed Trump's acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan over conditions of U.S.-Mexico border facilities that house migrants.

"You feel like you're doing a great job, right?" Cummings asked during a congressional hearing. "What does that mean? What does that mean? When a child is sitting in their own feces, can't take a shower? ... None of us would have our children in that position."

Trump's attack follows his broadside two weeks ago against four congresswomen of color, which the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives condemned as racist.

Cummings responded to Trump on Twitter.

"Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents," he said.

Cummings also highlighted a letter he co-signed to the president this week expressing "profound disappointment" at his failure to work to lower drug prices.

Baltimore Mayor Bernard Young called Trump's rhetoric "hurtful and dangerous."

"It's completely unacceptable for the political leader of our country to denigrate a vibrant American City like Baltimore, and to viciously attack U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings a patriot and a hero," he tweeted.

Many Democrats running for president came to Cummings' defense on Saturday, with Senator Elizabeth Warren calling Trump's tweets "ugly and racist. They're purposefully designed to turn us against one another."

Cummings represents Maryland's 7th congressional district, which according to 2010 census data was 54.6% black, had a median household income of $51,018, and a college graduation rate of 35.7%.

According to the same census, Maryland was the richest state in the United States, with a median household income of $69,272. Real median household income for the United States as a whole was $49,445 in 2010.

Trump tells black lawmaker to clean up 'disgusting, rat and rodent infested' district
 

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Ken Becker
Ken Becker Jul 29, 2019 8:21PM ET
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Dems Dissing on da wrong man!
Bagger Vance
Bagger Vance Jul 28, 2019 10:11AM ET
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My homie Trump aint no racist
Juho Peltola
Juho Peltola Jul 28, 2019 10:11AM ET
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Why does he talk like one?
Ken Becker
Ken Becker Jul 28, 2019 10:11AM ET
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He did? State your facts.
Zambi rambi
Zambi2019 Jul 28, 2019 12:19AM ET
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I am buying sbux snd bynd on monday
Zambi rambi
Zambi2019 Jul 28, 2019 12:17AM ET
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You can not stand in that area, scary.
Kenny Yap
Kenny Yap Jul 28, 2019 12:17AM ET
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All these media hater have no brain now bcos are brainwash by a   tyrant President, as if he is D only president who cares about USA. LOL to American.....
Ken Becker
Ken Becker Jul 28, 2019 12:17AM ET
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You'll learn to love him. Trump Foreva!
Zambi rambi
Zambi2019 Jul 28, 2019 12:16AM ET
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Trump , our dear president, is correct, baltimore -dangerous city, go near john hopkins hospital -all black people are selling drugs, guns, fighting.
Ken Becker
Ken Becker Jul 27, 2019 11:04PM ET
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Trump gains more votes each and every time he calls these swamp creatures out.
Kia Bell
Kia Bell Jul 27, 2019 9:37PM ET
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Not a trump supporter. Im a Baltimore resident, but where is the lie?
Ken Becker
Ken Becker Jul 27, 2019 7:13PM ET
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Black citizens are deprived by their very own. Ashame their beloved black city leaders take all the federal money and disperse it amongst their selves and then blame the white people for suppression. Too funny, and also too sad for the working blacks stuck in those places
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PRO818 Jul 27, 2019 6:39PM ET
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that is what the people of america elected ...
Ken Becker
Ken Becker Jul 27, 2019 6:39PM ET
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We're gonna elect many more.
David Bowie
Defcon2 Jul 27, 2019 5:19PM ET
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Cummins is no hero or patriot, when he harasses a duly-elected president with supoenas, advocates for criminal aliens, and doesn't mind Baltimore being an extension of Haiti.
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Chip Jul 27, 2019 2:10PM ET
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Trump is right Baltimore is a rat-infested dump.  Trump also did not say a thing about Cummins color. So once again the press is pushing a racial agenda.
Keoseven Keoseven
Keoseven Jul 27, 2019 2:10PM ET
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I left that shxthole two years ago and have never looked back. Trashy negs everywhere robbing and murdering people on a regular basis. Sincerely, Marylander, born and raised
Adrian White
Adrian White Jul 27, 2019 2:10PM ET
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Not a Trump supporter, but I agree in this case that his comment was not racist. Inappropriate, probably, but not racist. But I disagree that it's "the Press pushing a racial agenda." The press is merely reporting what various people said. It's the people who claimed it was a racist comment who have that agenda, not the Press.
Neil Shannon
Neil Shannon Jul 27, 2019 1:07PM ET
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There is no reason to draw attention Cummings color, it should be irrelevant. I am very familiar with Baltimore and Trump called it like it is. It is dirty, crime ridden and almost half of the buildings in the city are vacant.
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bomz bomzov Jul 27, 2019 1:07PM ET
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when there are no other virtues, need to invent
chip isbell
Chip Jul 27, 2019 1:07PM ET
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Reuters mentioned color, not Trump.
 
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