The Racist President Attacks Elijah Cummings and His District Baltimore

How Trump used a centuries-old racist trope to attack Baltimore. Stereotypes about race and cleanliness have harmed black people — and their communities — for generations.

This weekend, President Donald Trump attacked Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings by arguing that his district — which includes parts of Baltimore — was “disgusting” and a “rat and rodent infested mess.” He was then criticized for once again targeting a lawmaker of color with racist remarks.

The attacks on Cummings, who has been a vocal critic of how Trump discusses race and has also opposed the administration through his role chairing House Oversight Committee, come as the Maryland Congress member has condemned the Trump administration’s use of child detention at the US-Mexico border.

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