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Twitter Users Share Images Of Poverty-Stricken GOP Districts After Trump Singles Out ‘Infested’ Baltimore

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Twitter Users Share Images Of Poverty-Stricken GOP Districts After Trump Singles Out ‘Infested’ Baltimore





President Donald Trump’s critics responded to his latest string of racist tweets targeting a black-majority district represented by an African American congressman, sharing photos of neighborhoods in Republican-controlled districts that also appeared to be rife with homelessness, poverty and waste.

Trump on Saturday attacked Baltimore as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.” He also called the district a “dangerous & filthy place” and claimed that “no human being would want to live there.” 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.”

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 attacking Lewis, who 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.

Rather than disavowing Trump’s “racist attacks,” as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did on Saturday, Trump’s allies and conservative media outlets like Fox News shared photos and video of destitute and dirty portions of the Maryland metropolis in an attempt to bolster Trump’s claims.

Newsweek notes:

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday he’d have been “fired” from running his former South Carolina congressional district if it had as much crime and homelessness. But Trump critics began pointing out these images were cherry-picked and failed to tell the whole story of Baltimore or the many suburban and rural communities included in Cummings’ district, they also posted pictures of their own of neighborhoods blighted by poverty and crime.

What’s more, these photos were reportedly taken in congressional districts and states controlled by staunch Republican Trump defenders, including Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Rep. Devin Nunes’ district in California’s San Joaquin Valley and Fresno. The photos showed desperate scenes of poverty and waste in the largely rural and agricultural areas held by members of the GOP.



An attorney using the Twitter handle of @BJS_quire, shared a now-viral thread of pictures showing scenes of dire poverty in some Republican-held districts. GOP senators and House members, including Lindsey Graham and Matt Gaetz, were targeted in the tweets.

“The point, which many have picked up on, is this…Poverty, homelessness, & crime can be seen across America. Singling out one city and Congressman (especially of the pedigree of @RepCummings) is not about addressing the problems. It’s about something else. And we all know it.”




“The United States of America includes West Baltimore,” former GOP Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh tweeted Sunday. “Somebody tell Trump that Baltimore is in the United States. Trump is President of the United States. So then isn’t Trump responsible for the disgusting conditions in Baltimore?”





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