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Better to have a few rats than to be one

In case anyone missed it, the president of the United States had some choice words to describe Maryland’s 7th congressional district on Saturday morning. Here are the key phrases: “no human being would want to live there,” it is a “very dangerous & filthy place,” “Worst in the USA” and, our personal favorite: It is a “rat and rodent infested mess.” He wasn’t really speaking of the 7th as a whole. He failed to mention Ellicott City, for example, or Baldwin or Monkton or Prettyboy, all of which are contained in the sprawling yet oddly-shaped district that runs from western Howard County to southern Harford County. No, Donald Trump’s wrath was directed at Baltimore and specifically at Rep. Elijah Cummings, the 68-year-old son of a former South Carolina sharecropper who has represented the district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1996. ...

It’s not hard to see what’s going on here. The congressman has been a thorn in this president’s side, and Mr. Trump sees attacking African American members of Congress as good politics, as it both warms the cockles of the white supremacists who love him and causes so many of the thoughtful people who don’t to scream. President Trump bad-mouthed Baltimore in order to make a point that the border camps are “clean, efficient & well run," which, of course, they are not — unless you are fine with all the overcrowding, squalor, cages and deprivation to be found in what the Department of Homeland Security’s own inspector-general recently called “a ticking time bomb."

In pointing to the 7th, the president wasn’t hoping his supporters would recognize landmarks like Johns Hopkins Hospital, perhaps the nation’s leading medical center. He wasn’t conjuring images of the U.S. Social Security Administration, where they write the checks that so many retired and disabled Americans depend upon. It wasn’t about the beauty of the Inner Harbor or the proud history of Fort McHenry. And it surely wasn’t about the economic standing of a district where the median income is actually above the national average. No, he was returning to an old standby of attacking an African American lawmaker from a majority black district on the most emotional and bigoted of arguments. It was only surprising that there wasn’t room for a few classic phrases like “you people” or “welfare queens” or “crime-ridden ghettos” or a suggestion that the congressman “go back” to where he came from.

This is a president who will happily debase himself at the slightest provocation. And given Mr. Cummings’ criticisms of U.S. border policy, the various investigations he has launched as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, his willingness to call Mr. Trump a racist for his recent attacks on the freshmen congresswomen, and the fact that “Fox & Friends” had recently aired a segment critical of the city, slamming Baltimore must have been irresistible in a Pavlovian way. Fox News rang the bell, the president salivated and his thumbs moved across his cell phone into action.

As heartening as it has been to witness public figures rise to Charm City’s defense on Saturday, from native daughter House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, we would above all remind Mr. Trump that the 7th District, Baltimore included, is part of the United States that he is supposedly governing. The White House has far more power to affect change in this city, for good or ill, than any single member of Congress including Mr. Cummings. If there are problems here, rodents included, they are as much his responsibility as anyone’s, perhaps more because he holds the most powerful office in the land.

Finally, while we would not sink to name-calling in the Trumpian manner — or ruefully point out that he failed to spell the congressman’s name correctly (it’s Cummings, not Cumming) — we would tell the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir Putin and the guy who insisted there are “good people” among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post. Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity. Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one.
Adding:
The Guardian: Trump slams 'rat-infested' district – but his own restaurant had a rodent problem

President claims Elijah Cummings’ congressional district is a ‘mess’ months after health inspectors visited Trump Tower Grille

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Addie wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:47 pm
Baltimore Sun Editorial
:shock: Damn. I think this wins the week.
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Yeah, it does.
neonzx wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:34 pm
Addie wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:47 pm
Baltimore Sun Editorial
:shock: Damn. I think this wins the week.

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We are told by LE: If you see something, say something. -- I agree.
If you see something, video record it, uploaded it, and say something!

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Will a health inspector please check the Trump Tower in NYC for rats, please?

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Conisdering how Cummings is not the Mayor of Baltimore, a member of its city council or a part of the city's government in any way, how does whatever problems Baltimore has reflect on him?

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DrIrvingFinegarten wrote:
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:24 am
Conisdering how Cummings is not the Mayor of Baltimore, a member of its city council or a part of the city's government in any way, how does whatever problems Baltimore has reflect on him?
The same way Obama was supposed to fix any and all violence in Chicago as an Illinois state senator.

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-oops

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RTH10260 wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:31 pm
Will a health inspector please check the Trump Tower in NYC for rats, please?
Some news organization should publish stories about vermin in Trump properties.

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Addie wrote:
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:07 am
BBC News: Trump’s ‘rat-infested’ attack on lawmaker was racist, says Pelosi
CNN: Baltimore stands up for its city after Trump tweets 'no human being would want to live there'
The Hill: Trump doubles down on attacks against Cummings and Baltimore district
Yahoo News: ‘Racist Moron’ Trump Would ‘Wet Himself’ If He Visited Baltimore, ‘Wire’ Creator David Simon Says
HuffPo: Something Trump-Besieged Baltimore Would Love To Ditch: Decrepit 'Kushnerville' Housing

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I was wondering why Cummins [sic]? Why now? It's all about Ivanka. (HT to Miles Archer at DU for pointing out the timing.)

The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted on Thursday to authorize subpoenas for senior White House officials’ communications via private email accounts and messaging applications
The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted on Thursday to authorize subpoenas for senior White House officials’ communications via private email accounts and messaging applications, a significant escalation in a years-long, bipartisan effort to learn more about potential violations of federal record-keeping laws.

Thursday’s vote by the Democrat-led panel came after the White House refused to turn over the messages voluntarily earlier this month — including senior adviser Jared Kushner’s WhatsApp communications with foreign officials, senior adviser Ivanka Trump’s use of a private email account to conduct official business, and former chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s use of a personal mobile device for White House business.

“It makes clear that White House records belong to the public — not the president,” Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said. “The committee has already received evidence of multiple senior officials using their personal accounts to conduct official business.”

On a party-line vote, the committee authorized Cummings to subpoena all communications sent or received since President Donald Trump took office that were not forwarded to official email accounts within 20 days, as required by law. Cummings can also subpoena information about whether those messages contained classified information.
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The Hill
Michelle Obama shares tribute to Baltimore step team after Trump calls city's district 'disgusting'

Former First Lady Michelle Obama on Saturday paid special tribute to a Baltimore dance team after President Trump derided Rep. Elijah Cummings' (D-Md.) district as "disgusting" and "rodent infested."

"On #NationalDanceDay, I'm shouting out the Lethal Ladies, a Baltimore STEP team who I saw perform back in 2017," Obama said on Twitter. "I’m so proud of you all—and everyone who’s dancing today!"

The tweet features a video of the step team performing a routine featuring Obama's famous slogan, "when they go low, we go high."

Obama did not mention Trump or his recent remarks in the tweet. But it came just hours after Trump derided Cummings as a "brutal bully" while calling his Baltimore-area congressional district "dangerous" and "filthy."
Adding:
Newsweek: Elizabeth Warren Blasts 'Racist' Donald Trump and His 'Outrageous, Racist Remarks' After Attack On Elijah Cummings
Nice pic :daydream: :
Politico: On the attack: Trump targets Cummings for second straight day

The president’s scathing and scolding words spark condemnation, as well as new debate over his use of divisive rhetoric.
The Hill: Nadler: Resolution condemning Trump's Cummings tweets 'wouldn't be a bad idea'

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Trending on Twitter: Lots of articles about Jared Kushner being a leading Baltimore slumlord and something about 170 violations. Maybe not something Individual-1 wants highlighted.

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pipistrelle wrote:
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:36 pm
Trending on Twitter: Lots of articles about Jared Kushner being a leading Baltimore slumlord and something about 170 violations. Maybe not something Individual-1 wants highlighted.
That was pointed out on AM Joy this morning.

Oh and this:


CHUCK TODD: Senator, do you think Trump's racial tweets are good politics?

@SenRickScott: Well, Rep Cummings attacked our border agents

T: So that justifies a racial resentment tweet?

SCOTT: Look, I didn't do the tweets. I'm disappointed in Rep Cummings
So, blame the tweets on Cummings 'cause he was mean to the Border official at a hearing.

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Guess where House Republicans are planning their retreat for later this year? Baltimore! Via
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Volkonski wrote:
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Josh Dawsey
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Guess where House Republicans are planning their retreat for later this year? Baltimore! Via
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That is too funny.

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Kendra wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:08 pm
Volkonski wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:04 pm
Josh Dawsey
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Guess where House Republicans are planning their retreat for later this year? Baltimore! Via
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That is too funny.
Well, he did say "No human beings..." 8-)
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I heard somewhere April Ryan came from Baltimore too. Hope she's on CNN tonight. She is so good when she gets fired up. :boxing:

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RoadScholar wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:34 pm
Kendra wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:08 pm
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That is too funny.
Well, he did say "No human beings..." 8-)
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The Nation: A Local Newspaper Just Put a Vile President in His Place

The Baltimore Sun provided all the evidence needed for why local newspapers must maintain strong editorial voices.

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The Onion
Trump Escalates Baltimore Attacks With Rambling Press Conference Tearing Into Edgar Allan Poe

WASHINGTON—Criticizing the 19th-century writer as a “death-obsessed weirdo with very little literary talent,” President Trump doubled down on his attacks against the city of Baltimore Monday by tearing into Edgar Allan Poe during a rambling, three-hour press conference on the White House lawn. “This guy was a pathetic loser and boozehound who was too busy crying about his lost love to write any half-decent stories,” said Trump during an oftentimes discursive and meandering speech that mocked the “disgusting, cousin-marrying hack” for his “boring” short stories and poems. “Everyone says The Raven, okay? But a raven? Not very scary. Not scary at all. It’s just a dumb bird. Maybe if he had spent less time concerned about internal rhyme schemes and more time fixing the broken and crime-ridden city that he lived in, we wouldn’t have these problems in Baltimore right now—he’s a disgrace to the Whig Party. Not original. Not smart. And I know a lot of people who love detective fiction, and they all tell me Poe’s Dupin character was a disaster, just a complete disaster for the genre.” Media analysts noted that Trump’s attacks stand in stark contrast to his habit of routinely heaping praise on Romanticists associated with New York like Washington Irving and Herman Melville.

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i went directly for the text :? then wondered how dotus should have made it a three hour event :confused: further wondered how he suddenly would have been reading, reading and know about serious prose :confused: :confused:
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Kendra wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:55 pm
I heard somewhere April Ryan came from Baltimore too. Hope she's on CNN tonight. She is so good when she gets fired up. :boxing:

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This exchange is right up there with the guy mansplaining Handmaids Tale to Margaret Atwood.

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