Never one to back down, President Donald J. Trump ramped up his feud with House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., calling the congressman “racist,” not long after critics had claimed the President’s initial tweets about Cummings were racist themselves.
After the series of tweets directed at Cummings on Saturday, where he called Cummings congressional district a roach and rat infested dump that “no human beings would want to live in,” Trump twisted the dagger Sunday afternoon, tweeting, “If racist Elijah Cummings would focus more of his energy on helping the good people of his district, and Baltimore itself, perhaps progress could be made in fixing the mess that he has helped to create over many years of incompetent leadership.”
He added, “His radical ‘oversight’ is a joke!”
On Saturday, after Trump’s first attack on Cummings, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rose to her fellow Democrat’s defense. “We all reject racist attacks against [Cummings] and support his steadfast leadership,” Pelosi tweeted Saturday.
Trump parried Pelosi’s thrust and jabbed back, “There is nothing racist in stating plainly what most people already know, that Elijah Cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district, and of Baltimore itself. Dems always play the race card when they are unable to win with facts. Shame!”
Later Sunday, Trump pointed out that “African American unemployment is the lowest (best) in the history of the United States,” under his administration.
You Should Be Thanking Me!
According to Fox News, Trump went on to say he was “Waiting for Nancy and Elijah to say, ‘Thank you, Mr. President!’”
Neither Cummings nor Pelosi has yet to respond directly to Fox News’ request for comment.
Among Trump’s tweets Saturday, one included a video purportedly showing blight in Baltimore. He asked the congressman, “why don’t you focus on your district!?”
Cummings responded to Trump’s initial criticism, however, writing in a tweet, “Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors.”
He added, “It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.”
Trump also upped the ante on Monday, dragging political lightning rod, Rev. Al Sharpton into the fray, when he blasted Sharpton as a “con man,” claiming he “hates whites & cops,” after the MSNBC host said he would travel to Baltimore amid the controversy over the President’s comments about the city and its Democratic lawmakers.
Sharpton tweeted Sunday evening that he would travel to Baltimore to “address Trump’s remarks & bi-partisan outrage in the black community” over them. Trump responded by slamming Sharpton, saying they have known each other for decades and used to attend fights together. But the President did not pull any punches when weighing in on Sharpton’s character.