Rep. Elijah Cummings was a crime victim hours before President Trump attacked his Baltimore-area district for being a dangerous, "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess." Police say they received a report of a burglary occurring at 3:40am Saturday at the Democrat's Baltimore home, but it's not clear whether any property was taken. Trump started tweeting about Cummings and Baltimore a few hours later. Neighbors say they were shocked to hear about the incident. "Anything he can do to help this neighborhood he has been there for us," a neighbor tells WJZ. The Baltimore Sun reports that Cummings, who shares the home with wife Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party, spent the weekend in Baltimore and attended his usual church service on Sunday.
Cummings has been largely silent in the face of ongoing attacks from Trump, who responded to accusations his comments about the black-majority district were racist by saying the Democrat was the real racist. The president continued to target Cummings and the city at a rally in Ohio on Thursday night, another Baltimore Sun story reports. "The Democrat record is one of neglect and corruption and decay, total decay," he said. "The homicide rate in Baltimore is significantly higher than El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala," Trump said, adding that he "believes" it is also higher than Afghanistan. Trump was correct about all four countries, the Sun notes, although the Afghanistan homicide figures do not include the thousands of war casualties. (The Sun told Trump it was "better to have a few rats than be one.")