Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of late Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, revealed for the first time on Monday that President Trump’s public attacks on her husband “undermined his health” before his death last year.
Rockeymoore Cummings made the remarks while paying tribute to her husband on ABC’s “The View” on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, lauding his lifelong battle to secure democracy and promote equality.
“He was a very empathetic man,” she told the hosts. “He grew up in a segregated Baltimore, so he knew what it was like for Americans’ history of hatred to influence and depress the opportunities for a whole generation of people just because of skin color.”
She added, “He was determined that he was going to live his life in a way that opens doors for everyone.”
Cummings, who passed away on Oct. 17, represented the Baltimore area in Congress and was the chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee.
His involvement in the House Democrats’ impeachment probe attracted angry attacks from Trump, who slammed the congressman and Baltimore on Twitter, calling the city “a disgusting rat and rodent infested mess.”
“It hurt him deeply. And it hurt him at his worst moment,” Rockeymoore Cummings told “The View” hosts in response to the tweet.
“Elijah was already battling health issues, so to have the president come out and do this at that time, it really depressed him and it stressed him and I think it undermined his health,” she revealed.
“That is horrific, that is horrific,” co-host Meghan McCain said in shock and disgust. “That is hard to hear. I am so sorry for your family.”
“What a terrible thing to say, he is just the worst,” co-host Joy Behar added.
Rockeymoore Cummings also revealed that many of the president’s supporters attacked her and her husband with horrific abuse and death threats.
“And all of his minions out there, you know, nasty tweets and death threats. You name it. We were going through it,” she said.
“It’s just hard to hear. I am deeply sorry – It’s very hard to hear that,” Meghan said.