Donald Trump criticized an African-American majority district: "It's a disgusting disaster, infested with rats and rodents"
Donald Trump criticized an African-American majority district: "It's a disgusting disaster, infested with rats and rodents"

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, was again accused of racism on Saturday after attacking a prominent African-American lawmaker and calling the city of Baltimore, mostly black, a "disgusting disaster." This Sunday, the president reaffirmed his comments and said that they are data and not opinions, so he ruled out that it is discrimination.

Trump's sayings came in a series of tweets addressed to Democratic representative Elijah Cummings, a strong critic of the Republican government whose district covers much of Baltimore.

"The Cumming District (sic) is a disgusting disaster, infested with rats and rodents," the president wrote, calling it the "worst and most dangerous" in the country.
"No human being would want to live there," he said, in an attack apparently caused by Cummings' criticism of the harsh conditions faced by asylum seekers on the Mexican border.

"Cummings has been a brutal thug, yelling at the great Border Patrol men and women about the conditions at the southern border, when in fact their Baltimore district is MUCH WORSE and more dangerous," Trump said.
The president's morning rant sparked a storm of criticism, less than two weeks after the House of Representatives condemned him for "racist" comments addressed to a lawmaker born in Somalia and three other congressmen of color.

Nancy Pelosi, Democratic president of the House of Representatives whose father was mayor of Baltimore, accused Trump of committing a racist attack. "@RepCummings is a champion in Congress and in the country for civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore and a much appreciated colleague," Pelosi tweeted. "We reject racist attacks against him and support his strong leadership."

Trump has placed racial animosity at the center of his reelection campaign, convinced that this rhetoric will strengthen the support of white workers and attract voters who fear cultural changes in the country.

In a direct response to Trump, Cummings tweeted: "Mr. President, I return home in my district daily. Every morning I wake up and go to fight for my neighbors. My constitutional duty is to exercise oversight of the Executive Branch. My duty moral is to fight for the people of my district. "
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democrat most likely to challenge Trump in 2020, responded directly to the president on Twitter. "It is despicable that you attack him and the people of Baltimore in this way," Biden wrote. "Once again, you have proved incapable of holding office. A president is supposed to lift this nation. Don't throw it down."

There was a similar conviction by half a dozen White House candidates, including Senator Cory Booker, who tweeted a video that shows how a CNN presenter, black and originally from Baltimore, breaks in the air before the attack on his hometown. "This is painful. This is a defining and moral moment in the United States," Booker wrote. "Silence is a toxic complicity."
Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young, who is a Democrat and African-American, rejected Trump's rhetoric as "hurtful and dangerous." "It is completely unacceptable that our country's political leader denigrates a vibrant American city like Baltimore and brutally attacks" Cummings, he wrote in a statement.
Donald Trump criticized an African-American majority district: "It's a disgusting disaster, infested with rats and rodents"
Donald Trump criticized an African-American majority district: "It's a disgusting disaster, infested with rats and rodents"

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, also African-American, tweeted that she was "proud" of having her campaign headquarters in the Cummings district.

This Sunday, the president reiterated his criticisms and said that they are concrete data. "Democrats always play the Racial Charter when, in fact, they have done so little for the great African-American people of our country," he said on his Twitter.

The port city of Baltimore presents a dual image, with beautiful and rich neighborhoods and large districts affected by poverty. It has one of the highest homicide rates in the country. More than half of the population of the Cummings district is black.

As head of the Oversight Committee of the House of Representatives, the legislator initiated investigations into government policies, including reports of ill-treatment in migrant detention centers.

Trump recently attacked four young Democratic lawmakers descendants of immigrants, whom he suggested "returning" to the "crime-infested" countries from which they came.
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