The truth hasn’t stopped President Donald Trump yet, and it’s not about to stop him now. This weekend, he took to Twitter to lash out at House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and wielded a whole array of claims that are dubious at best, and even that’s probably giving the president too much credit. In reality, again targeting a person of color serving in Congress, Trump went so far that he pulled a conspiracy theory out of thin air that Cummings and others might be stealing money meant for his district, and that’s why there’s crime and other issues in the Baltimore area, which Cummings represents. Trump is just unhinged.
‘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. His district is considered the Worst in the USA… Cumming 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.’
It’s amazing for President Tweets-a-lot to call someone else a bully. It’s unclear who, if anyone actually considers Cummings’ Baltimore district to be “the worst in USA” — although it is definitely worth noting that one observer found Trump’s weekend ranting to be a straight recitation of a Fox News segment.
Trump has lobbed similar criticism at Georgia Representative John Lewis, who he insisted led a district that is “in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested),” although again, his claims aren’t true. While Lewis’s Atlanta-area district does have high poverty and crime rates, Atlanta is still perceived by many observers to be booming and growing economically and crime there has been going down, meaning Trump’s criticism didn’t tell the whole story.
Besides the lies, there’s another obvious thread that binds these criticisms together — the targets’ race. It’s not like Trump has gotten on Twitter to whine about John Delaney or Tim Ryan or Joe Kennedy III. Instead, he’s pretty much focused his ire on people of color like “The Squad” as a rule at this point, and if it talks like a racist pulled straight from the 60’s — it’s probably a racist pulled straight from the 60s.
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