CNN host Victor Blackwell slams Donald Trump over his racist attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore as a “rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”
“The president says about Congressman Cummings’s district that no human would want to live there. You know who did, Mr. President? I did. From the day I was brought home from the hospital to the day I left for college,” Blackwell tearfully said. “And a lot of people I care about still do,” he added.
President Trump tweeted that Rep. Elijah Cummings’ district is a “rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”
It’s @VictorBlackwell’s home district.
“When he tweets about infestation, it's about black and brown people,” Blackwell says. pic.twitter.com/VeCIIvQ4SJ
— CNN (@CNN) July 27, 2019
Trump started his morning attacking Rep. Cummings because of his comments about the human rights crisis in migrant detention centers on the southern border.
He tweeted: “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!”
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
By the way, Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the University of Maryland are based in Baltimore.
This was the exchange that irked Trump, even though he got his talking points from Fox News this morning:
Reminded of this powerful moment with Elijah Cummings from last week.
"What does that mean when a child is sitting in their own feces, can't take a shower? Come on, man. What’s that about? None of us would have our children in that position. They are human beings.” pic.twitter.com/Loo2F1riHA
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 27, 2019
Elijah Cummings clapped back: “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.”
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.
— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) July 27, 2019
Reaction on Twitter:
I am proud our campaign headquarters is in Rep. Elijah Cummings' district. Baltimore has become home to my team and it's disgraceful the president has chosen to start his morning disparaging this great American city.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 27, 2019
I taught in West Baltimore. I adore my kids, their parents, and grandparents. They all want the same thing I want for my kids: the chance for their children to have safe, happy and productive lives. Let’s think about the language we use, who it hurts. https://t.co/Y5nIJdu2Ib
— Jenna Bush Hager (@JennaBushHager) July 27, 2019
Oh, and get this, folks: you know which "human beings" do live in Cummings' district? Several thousand people in the apartment complexes owned by one Jared Kushner, who fails to maintain the units and takes tenants to court to squeeze more $$ out of them. https://t.co/nUl60y1LRf
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) July 27, 2019
— The Black Caucus (@TheBlackCaucus) July 27, 2019
Trump has only used "infested" on Twitter 6 times, but every time he's used it the purpose was to describe places where black and brown people live as vectors of crime and disease.
— Dan Murphy (@bungdan) July 27, 2019
If you’re a Trump supporter and not a racist, you should find this upsetting. If it doesn’t upset you, then you’ve just gotta trust us on this one. You’re a racist. https://t.co/FCLNOUbyEd
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) July 27, 2019
Maybe one should clean their own yard before looking over the fence into their neighbor’s.https://t.co/OOuTzzYi0e
— Randy Bryce (@IronStache) July 27, 2019
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) July 27, 2019