The Baltimore Sun editorial board tore into President Trump as the “most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office” on Saturday in a blistering op-ed hours after Trump referred to Rep. Elijah Cummings’ (D-Md.) majority-black 7th congressional district, which includes west Baltimore, as a “rat and rodent infested mess.”
“[W]e would above all remind Mr. Trump that the 7th District, Baltimore included, is part of the United States that he is supposedly governing,” the Sun’s editors wrote.
“The White House has far more power to affect change in this city, for good or ill, than any single member of Congress including Mr. Cummings. If there are problems here, rodents included, they are as much his responsibility as anyone’s, perhaps more because he holds the most powerful office in the land,” they added.
“[W]e would tell the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir Putin and the guy who insisted there are ‘good people’ among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post,” they wrote.
“Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity,” they continued. “Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-N.Y.) condemned the president’s attacks as racist.