Editors of a US newspaper called President Donald Trump a “vermin” after he described an African-American lawmaker’s majority-black district in Baltimore as a “rodent-infested mess” in his Saturday morning tweet.
Trump is the “most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office” and it is ‘better to have a few rats than to be one’, wrote editors of Baltimore Sun in a scathing editorial on the president’s tweets.
Trump’s attack on Democratic lawmaker Elijah Cummings, above left, and his Maryland district comes days after the representative criticised the Trump administration for its treatment of migrants at the US-Mexico border.
Cummings told acting homeland security secretary, Kevin McAleenan, during a congressional hearing that migrant children are sitting on their own faeces in overcrowded detention centres and they cannot even take shower.
As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Cummings said the Trump administration did not empathise with migrants.
Trump hit back by asking Cummings to spend more time in Baltimore to clean up the mess in his 7th District instead of screaming at border patrol like a “brutal bully.”
Baltimore is far worse and more dangerous than the southern border. Cummings’ district is the worst run in the US, Maryland is corrupt and no human being would want to live there, Trump wrote.
The president wondered why so much money is still being sent to the district. He said corrupt officials may be stealing funds and wanted an immediate investigation into how public money is being spent there.
Cummings is milking Baltimore dry but the public is becoming aware of it, he wrote.
Responding to Trump’s tweets, Cummings said it is his constitutional duty to conduct oversight of Trump’s aides and moral duty to fight for his constituents.
On the treatment of migrants at the US-Mexico border, he cited several cases of children whose parents have been deported. He called it a government-sponsored child abuse.
Editors of Baltimore Sun, one of the oldest newspapers in the country, wrote that Trump should use his powers as president to bring positive changes in Baltimore instead of blaming Cummings and shaming his district.
On Trump’s ‘rodent’ remark, they wrote it is better to have some vermin living in one’s neighbourhood than to be one, an indirect reference to the president.
They also described Trump as the “mocker of war heroes, the “gleeful grabber of women’s private parts”, and the guy who said there are “good people” among murderous neo-Nazis.
Baltimore’s mayor, Bernard ‘Jack’ Young, tweeted Trump is “a disappointment to the people” of his city, and to “our country, and to the world”.
Democratic leader and house Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s tweets “racist attacks” on Cummings. African Americans constitute 55% of the population in his district.
Joe Biden, the frontrunner to challenge Trump in next year’s election, said the president’s tweets prove he is unfit to hold the office.
Trump’s attack on Cummings comes weeks after another of tweets caused outrage. In it, he told four Democrat congresswomen of colour — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar — to go back to the “crime-infested” countries they originally came from.