Trump Censures Cummings, Calls Baltimore "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess"
While Donald Trump has long used Twitter as a vessel for retribution inflicted on those who dare to question and criticize his actions, last weekâ€™s lash out targeted Elijah Cummings was infused with hatred and fueled by racism. Calling Cummingsâ€™ home, the city of Baltimore, â€œdisgusting, rat, and rodent infestedâ€, and resorting to a logically fallacious attempt of discrediting him is just a weak exercise of â€œWhataboutismâ€.
Well, what about Trumpâ€™s delivery? To be fair, crime statistics and other metrics that indicate Baltimoreâ€™s health are less than formidable. The last Census reported that 22.4% of its residents live below the poverty line. Since 2011, over $5.7 million has been paid out by Baltimore in over 100 police brutality lawsuitsâ€”directed mostly to people of color.
The city certainly struggles with a severe racial disparity, and this issue demands attentionâ€”but not in this way. Trumpâ€™s vicious attack is racially charged as it blames Baltimoreâ€™s failures on its constituents, last reported to be 62.8% African American.
A president concerned with our nationâ€™s health would see Baltimore as a part of the United Statesâ€”a nation he is responsible for. He should be working with Cummings and other Baltimore officials to alleviate some of these conditions. Solutions should be put on the table, solutions that the president has the power to initiate. But noâ€”Trumpâ€™s response to being labeled racist was yet another deflection tactic by reversing the insult back onto Cummings. What sort of leadership are we operating under when the leader of the United States points fingers, victim blames a city for its own shortcomings, without considering the bigger context of racial tension that is rampant in Baltimore? That is what makes these Tweets despicable. No person who has an ounce of self-awareness, self-respect, and empathy would seek to add insult to injury by blaming a single representative and the constituents of a largely African American metropolitan area for the disparage and shortcomings that develop as a result of systemic inequity and racism.