Former U.S. Attorney from Alabama Joyce Vance condemned President Trump’s racist early morning Twitter rant attacking the majority-black district represented by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), calling it “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being wants to live.”
“Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous,” Trump tweeted. “His district is considered the Worst in the USA as proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming [sic] 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.”
Trump claimed that Cummings’s district, which encompasses downtown Baltimore, was the “worst run” in the country, claiming that the Maryland city was “corrupt” and that “no human being would want to live there.”
Vance noted that the president used the same language in his attacks that the Nazis used to dehumanize their victims in the Third Reich.
“People would do well to note that Trump is adopting the vermin & infestation language used in Nazi Germany about Jews, Romas & others, Vance tweeted. “Trump will ultimately come for everyone who won’t kowtow to him & acede to his plans.”
People would do well to note that Trump is adopting the vermin & infestation language used in Nazi Germany about Jews, Romas & others. Trump will ultimately come for everyone who won’t kowtow to him & acede to his plans.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) July 27, 2019
The Hill notes that Cummings’s district is “55 percent African American and 35 percent white. It is the second-most wealthy and educated among Maryland’s majority-black districts.”
Trump’s attack comes weeks after Cummings called the treatment of migrant children at U.S.-run facilities on the southern border “government-sponsored child abuse.”
“We have seen cases where the administration has deported parents without their children and still, to this day, have not reunited those families,” he said. “This is government-sponsored child abuse … on a grand scale.”
The attacks also come days after the House Oversight and Reform Committee authorized Cummings to subpoena for records from the White House in connection with an investigation into aides’ use of personal email and text applications for official business.