Thoughts & Essays

Trump attacks Baltimore & Rep. Elijah Cummings

Baltimore Sun: Trump calls Baltimore ‘disgusting … rodent infested mess,’ rips Rep. Elijah Cummings over border criticism

After President Donald Trump attacked U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland on Saturday as a “brutal bully” and called his 7th District “disgusting, rat and rodent infested,” officials, residents and political commentators jumped to the defense of the congressman and his Baltimore home.

Some folks are arguing over whether or not this is racist. Let me settle the argument: Yes, it’s racist. Because it’s Trump, and Trump’s a racist.

And I know that sounds glib, but it’s not. The reason we know this is a racist attack is because Trump has a well-established and documented history of racism. He attacked Rep. Elijah Cummings because Cummings is a black man who has the audacity to criticize and stand up to Trump. He attacked Baltimore because it’s Cummings’ district and also because Baltimore has a large black population, which, in Trump’s mind, means it’s a terrible place. Because he’s racist.

(Image Credit: Baltimore City Hall from Northeast, by Steelplug.)