Instead of addressing the problems in his own congressional district, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings has been spending all of his time attacking Border Patrol agents and the Trump administration’s handling of the illegal immigrant invasion.
President Trump called out the congressman’s hypocrisy tweeting: “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.”
Trump said Cummings’ 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,” the president wrote of Cummings.
But instead of addressing the substances of president Trump’s remarks, the Democrats and the mainstream media are doing what they always do – playing the race card and condemning what Trump said.
Clearly what the president said was not racist in any way whatsoever, but that doesn’t stop the radical left from throwing out that accusation every hour.
Regardless, let’s take a look at whether or not what President Trump tweeted about Baltimore is true:
ALLEGATION: Baltimore is considered the worst-run city in America.
The BBC featured the city in a scathing report on poverty in America. At least 25 percent of the people in Cummings’ congressional district live in poverty.
“If you want to know what poverty in America looks like, well this is it,” the BBC reporter declared.
One resident told the television network that “despair is a way of living” in a congressional district where second and third generations of Americans live in poverty.
The resident said the houses are “rat-infested, regardless of what you do as a person living there, roaches, mice, an epidemic of bed bugs.”
“The neighborhoods have fallen apart, not because the people are bad people,” the man said.
Baltimore city schools rank among the lowest in the state of Maryland, according to the CBS television affiliate in Baltimore.
In 2015 the Washington Post reported that the average life expectancy in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods is nearly 20 years below the national average.
“Fourteen Baltimore neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than North Korea,” the Washington Post reported. “Eight are doing worse than Syria.”
Even Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., currently a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, was shell-shocked by the city’s deplorable living conditions.
“Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think you’re in a wealthy nation,” Sanders said during a 2015 visit reported by the Baltimore Sun. “You would think that you were in a Third World Country.”
ALLEGATION: Baltimore is infested with rats and rodents.
According to Orkin Pest Control, Baltimore is one of the most rat-infested cities in America. The pest control company ranks Baltimore No. 6 on its list. All of the Top 10 most rat-infested cities are controlled by Democrats, by the way.
ALLEGATION: Baltimore is a filthy mess.
In April the Baltimore Sun Editorial Board called out the city’s trashy reputation.
“Food containers, balled up clothes, paper, banana peels, plastic bags and tons of other pieces of litter line the shoulders of roads, pile up in alleys and are strewn across fields and yards,” an editorial in the newspaper said. “Not only is it unsightly and contributes to a rodent problem, but it can create a glum and gloomy feel in a time when the city is already facing self-esteem issues because of high crime and the scandal surrounding the University Maryland Medical System and Mayor Catherine Pugh, who’s now on an indefinite leave, and her Healthy Holly books. If anything, the city needs a major scrubbing to help restore some of its faith and image.”
Mayor Pugh resigned in May.
So when the Baltimore Sun calls out the city’s trash reputation it’s an act of public service, but when President Trump does the same thing it’s racist?
ALLEGATION: Baltimore is a dangerous city.
Baltimore is deadlier than Chicago and Detroit, according to crime statistics released by the FBI, and had the highest homicide rate in the nation in 2018, USA Today reports.
GunViolenceArchives.org reports that Baltimore was responsible for more than half of incidents involving guns in Maryland. And Baltimore accounted for nearly half of the murders involving a weapon.
FINAL ANALYSIS: President Trump was absolutely correct to call Maryland’s 7th Congressional District a “disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess.”
The truth is that what’s happening in places like Baltimore has nothing to do with race. But it has everything to do with politics and inept Democratic lawmakers who have turned their backs on their most vulnerable constituents.
Once again President Trump is right and is being attacked for standing up and speaking out on behalf of the forgotten in Maryland’s 7th Congressional district.
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