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Trump Claims There’s ‘Nothing Racist’ About Calling Black-Majority Cities ‘Disgusting,’ ‘Infested’


Trump Claims There’s ‘Nothing Racist’ About Calling Black-Majority Cities ‘Disgusting,’ ‘Infested’

President Trump has tripled down on his racist attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and the majority-black Baltimore-area district he represents, saying there is “nothing racist” about calling the area “disgusting” and “rodent infested.”

“There is nothing racist in stating plainly what most people already know, that Elijah Cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district, and of Baltimore itself. Dems always play the race card when they are unable to win with facts. Shame!,” Trump tweeted Sunday.

Trump tweeted Saturday about Cummings and the city of Baltimore, which falls in the congressman’s district, calling the city “disgusting” and “rodent infested,” comments that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called “racist.”

Trump also called Cummings “racist.” Trump did not include an explanation on why he was described the African American congressman as racist.

“If racist Elijah Cummings would focus more of his energy on helping the good people of his district, and Baltimore itself, perhaps progress could be made in fixing the mess that he has helped to create over many years of incompetent leadership. His radical ‘oversight’ is a joke!,” Trump tweeted.

Trump earlier this month tweeted racist attacks targeting four Democratic congresswomen of color – freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) – telling the lawmakers to “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” O

Later, at a rally Trump’s attacks of Omar led the crowd to break into a “send her back” chant.

In 2017, then-President-Elect Donald Trump attacked civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis and the district he represents, calling it as “crime-infested.”

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!” Trump wrote in a series of tweets.

Lewis was a key civil rights leader in the 1960s as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He has since 1987 represented Georgia’s 5th District, which is predominantly black and includes much of Atlanta and some surrounding suburbs. More than 87 percent of adults in the district are high school graduates, and more than 40 percent are college graduates, according to Census data. The median household income is just over $48,000.

In 2018, Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House, reports NBC News.


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