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Trump: Baltimore District a 'Rodent Infested Mess'

The president takes aim at Rep. Elijah Cummings
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 27, 2019 1:00 PM CDT
In this Tuesday, April 2, 2109 file photo, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, D-Md., leads a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – President Trump on Saturday denigrated a majority-black district represented by a congressional nemesis as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess," broadening a campaign against prominent critics of his administration that has exacerbated racial tensions, the AP reports. Trump lashed out in tweets against Rep. Elijah Cummings, the powerful House Oversight Committee chairman, claiming his Baltimore-area district is "considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States." It was the president's latest assault on a prominent lawmaker, and the people he represents, two weeks after he sparked nationwide controversy with racist tweets directed at four congresswomen of color.

His comments against Cummings, who leads multiple investigations of the president's governmental dealings, drew swift condemnation from Democrats, including would-be presidential rivals. Trump called Cummings a "brutal bully" after his public tongue-lashing of top Homeland Security officials over conditions for migrants detained along the southern border. "As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded," Trump tweeted. "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." Cummings replied directly to Trump on Twitter, saying, "Mr. President, I go home to my district daily ... It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents."

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