US President Donald Trump was on Saturday hit by fresh accusations of racism after he attacked a prominent African-American lawmaker and branded the majority-black city of Baltimore as “rodent-infested mess” triggering widespread outrage, reported Asian international.
Trump’s outburst came in a series of tweets aimed at Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, a critic of Trump’s administration whose district covers much of Baltimore, The Hill reported.
“Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men and 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,” the president wrote on Twitter.
“As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient and well run, just very crowded. 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 and filthy place,” he added.
“Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!” he said.
The district of Baltimore consists of nearly 55 per cent African-Americans and 35 per cent whites. It is the second most wealthy and educated among Maryland’s majority-black districts.
Trump’s early morning attack came weeks after Cummings called the treatment of migrant children at US-run facilities on the southern border “government-sponsored child abuse.”
he president’s remarks came less than two weeks after the US House of Representatives condemned him for “racist” comments targeting a Somali-born congresswoman, Ilhan Omar.
“@RepCummings is a champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague. We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership. #ElijahCummingsIsAPatriot,” Pelosi tweeted.
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, two of the four Democratic congresswomen who Trump previously attacked and members of the House Oversight Committee, defended Cummings, Asian International reported.
“Yo Trump, Hands off #ourchairman @RepCummings who is centered in American values that you will never understand. He is a fighter for the people & a leader you will never be,” Tlaib of Michigan said. “While you go on vacations & tweet, @RepCummings held a hearing on high costs of medicine just yesterday.”
Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, tweeted of Cummings, “He makes the country better. You want to be on his team.”