Donald Trump continues his tirades against the city of Baltimore and the government. Now a civil rights activist has also become part of his criticism.
Update from July 30th, 10:05 a.m .: US President Donald Trump recently caused accusations of racism again with numerous tweets. He described African American MP Elijah Cummings as a “brutal tyrant” and his constituency in the city of Baltimore as “hideous, rat and rodent chaos.”
The pastor and civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton had responded to the allegations and made his way to Baltimore. This displeased the US President, as he announced on Twitter: “The next thing Pastor Al will show up is to complain and protest. Nothing is done for the needy. Sorry! ”He wrote. He berated the Afro-American Sharpton as a “troublemaker” and “cheater”.
I have known Al for 25 years. Went to fights with him & Don King, always got along well. He “loved Trump!” He would ask me for favors often. Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. Just doing his thing. Must have intimidated Comcast/NBC. Hates Whites & Cops! https://t.co/ZwPZa0FWfN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2019
Sharpton replied a short time later: (…) If he really thought I was a fraud, he would bring me into his government.
Trump says I’m a troublemaker & con man. I do make trouble for bigots. If he really thought I was a con man he would want me in his cabinet.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) July 29, 2019
But that wasn’t enough for Trump. In further tweets, he continued his tirades about Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore – with violent, possibly criminally relevant allegations. Billions of dollars have been pumped into Baltimore over the years – nothing has changed for the better. “The money was stolen or wasted. Ask Elijah Cummings where it went, ”he railed.
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First report from July 29th, 9.12 a.m .: Atlanta – Donald Trump once again spoke out on Twitter about a member of the Democratic Party and verbally attacked him. After the US president had already asked four female congressmen, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to return to “their country”, the anger of the 73-year-old was now directed against another MP.
The Democrat Elijah Cummings has been a member of the US Congress for his constituency in Maryland for over 20 years and recently also expressed criticism of the US President’s migration policy. As so often, Trump’s answer was not long in coming. “Elijah Cummings has shown himself to be a brutal tyrant who berated the great men and women of the border guards for the circumstances on the southern border,” Trump accused his opponent on Twitter. Cummings did not have the right to criticize the situation on the border with Mexico, as the conditions in his own constituency around the city of Baltimore were much worse, said the US President.
….As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & 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 & filthy place
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
Donald Trump on Baltimore: “Rat and Rodent Infected Chaos”
The border was clean, efficient and well run, while the Cummings constituency was a “rat and rodent mess,” Trump concluded with the congressman. The last sentence in particular probably made Victor Blackwell angry. The 38-year-old African American is a television presenter for CNN and grew up in Baltimore himself. The statements of the US President about his hometown and the congressman of his district had clearly angered Blackwell when he went on the air on July 27th.
After the moderator had summarized the situation for the audience and read the mentioned tweets by Donald Trump, he turned his attention to the exact choice of words of the president. This is not the first time Trump has used the word “infected” when criticizing the political actions of African American MPs. The 73-year-old used the same vocabulary when he asked the four female congressmen to return to their home countries “infected by crime”.
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But even before that, Trump often addressed African-American politicians with a similar choice of words, and Blackwell also draws his conclusion from this: “When he talks about infection, he talks about black and brown citizens.” As the moderator of the overall context, back to the situation wants to come back to Cummings district, however, he comes to a standstill.
It is probably a mixture of anger and sadness that silences the 38-year-old. Blackwell remains silent for several seconds, visibly fighting for composure, before he continues with tears in his eyes. “I lived there from the day I came home from the hospital to the day I went to college and a lot of the people who are important to me still live there today,” the CNN host said in the direction Trump.
President Trump tweeted that Rep. Elijah Cummings’ district is a “rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”
It’s @VictorBlackwell’s home district.
“When he tweets about infestation, it’s about black and brown people,” Blackwell says. pic.twitter.com/VeCIIvQ4SJ
— CNN (@CNN) July 27, 2019
“The people there love their children, who swear the oath on the flag just as the children in the constituencies whose MPs support you, Mr. President. They are Americans too. ”Blackwell utters these words in an almost shaky voice and continues to struggle to keep his composure, before he avoids a commercial break.
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