On Saturday morning, Donald Trump staged one of his most overtly racist and patently offensive Twitter tirades to date, lambasting Congressman Elijah Cummings and his hometown of Baltimore. Trump was clearly trying to distract from the fact that House Democrats initiated an impeachment inquiry against him the day before, but – as has increasingly been the case of late – Trump took things to a level beyond the pale.
Donald Trump insisted that Baltimore was a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” and a “very dangerous & filthy place.” Trump immediately faced widespread pushback on the matter, but instead of checking himself or simply moving on, he doubled down by continuing to rant about Cummings and Baltimore as the day went on. By the time it was over, the Editorial Board of the Baltimore Sun newspaper had finally had enough, and decided to figuratively set Trump on fire.
Here’s the most salient paragraph from the op-ed: “It’s not hard to see what’s going on here. [Elijah Cummings] 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.'”
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has continued to spend the night digging himself a deeper hole. Trump was still attacking Elijah Cummings as late as 10pm, even as he thanked one of his deranged sycophants after another for defending his racist tirade. You can read the entire Baltimore Sun takedown of Trump here.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report