Baltimore Sun: Better to have a few rats than to be one (Trump is the rat they are referring to)


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Better to have a few rats than to be one


Better to have a few rats than to be one
Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings, the House Reform and Oversight Committee Chairman. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

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.

Donald J. Trump


Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA……

Donald J. Trump


….As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place

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 effect 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.

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  1. Forget something Gordon? Bernie Sanders some 2 or so years ago said essentially the same thing as Trump re the rats. What’s with the big city libtard Millionaire-Billionaire Dem congressmen/women with all the rats around them in most or all of the blue major cities across the country? Birds of a feather etc.

  2. I love this old guy cummings , I love it that this guy has the balls and the time to reply to the trump rants …… this fuker Trump has only one brain cell working and that lonely brain cell is totally in love with Trump himself and he’s so full of himself and he’s full of shit , no tact , no knowledge , no history no brain but running his crazy big mouth 24\7 ….. offending everybody and destroying the America at least ….. this big shithead Trump badly needs to be cut down and put into place ……. I’m behind cummings and cummings types , i’m for anybody that tries to stop this Idiot called Trump …….. he’s totally in the wrong place and positions , Americans aree so Stupid every 4 years they bring in a new warmonger , it should be a crime to be American stupid …… USA messes up and the whole world gets attacked and decimated , USA will spend Trillions to destroy far away strangers …….

    • You are right Echoes. I think it was Bush 2. who said to Clinton, that a Cruise missile is a quite expensive way to get rid of a tent somewhere in mid East. And Bush was right, with the money invested to Your own country instead of Cruise missile a tent village of hundreds, maybe in Baltimore, will be get rid of by providing homes for homeless. But republicans tend to invest more on missiles and missions in foreign land.

  3. Why doesn’t Cummings address the real problem which started almost half a century ago, when Reagan and Thatcher started offshoring manufacturing jobs in order to put Worker Unions on their knees. Instead he calls for republican love child cheap labour open borders with magnificent quarter, which will make matters double times worse. It maybe, that Pelosi is the only one in dems with common sense today.

  4. Cummings has been caught up in a lot of stupid stuff over the years. The modification of Coast Guard ships under his watch. Price fixing for Big Pharma. and his trying to get Jackson off the $20. We can’t blame him for the Rat problem, but when google first came on and you looked up Baltimore; you got the Yellow Roses Rat Fishing License application.

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