Earlier today Donald Trump responded to an impeachment inquiry from the House Judiciary Committee by somewhat surreally attacking the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings. The profoundly racist nature of Trump’s attack gave away why Trump chose to target Cummings.
Donald Trump slammed Elijah Cummings’ hometown of Baltimore, all but labeling it a hellhole, and making the Nazi-like declaration that “No human being would want to live there.” Even as Trump faced condemnation from pretty much everyone who isn’t a congressional Republican, Cummings decided to fire back at Trump in a fierce but dignified manner.
Congressman Cummings posted this on Twitter: “Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents. Just yesterday, I held a hearing on the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs and the financial hardships that families across the nation, and in Baltimore, are facing.”
Elijah Cummings then went on to explain that two years ago, Donald Trump promised to work with him on prescription drug prices, and that Trump has since dropped the ball entirely. Trump weakly fired back in response, insisting that Cummings “spends all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through ‘Oversight.'”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report