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USBaltimore Residents Respond to Trump's 'Rat Infested City' Comments: 'I'm Thrilled to Be Here'

23:20  29 july  2019
23:20  29 july  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

Trump tells black critic to clean up 'disgusting, rat and rodent infested' district

Trump tells black critic to clean up 'disgusting, rat and rodent infested' district President Donald Trump hit out at a prominent African-American critic on Saturday, calling him a "brutal bully."

President Donald Trump ' s controversial comments about Baltimore , a majority African American city , both called attention to the deep structural inequalities impacting Maryland's largest city and made the president appear racist, local residents said on Monday. Over the weekend, Trump took to Twitter to

Trump called Cummings a "brutal bully" for criticizing Border Patrol. The president called Cummings' district in Baltimore a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" and "far House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned Trump ' s attacks as racist. Cummings, responding to Trump , said he has a

President Donald Trump's controversial comments about Baltimore, a majority African American city, both called attention to the deep structural inequalities impacting Maryland's largest city and made the president appear racist, local residents said on Monday.

Over the weekend, Trump took to Twitter to criticize House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, declaring that his district in Baltimore was a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live." The president also suggested that Cummings, who represents Maryland's 7th Congressional district, should not criticize the conditions on the U.S. border, where migrants and asylum seekers are detained in squalor, because the situation in Baltimore is worse.

Victor Blackwell defends Baltimore from Trump's 'infested' tweets

Victor Blackwell defends Baltimore from Trump's 'infested' tweets President Donald Trump on Saturday attacked U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Democrat, referring to his district as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess." require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Cummings' district includes Baltimore, the hometown of CNN anchor Victor Blackwell. Blackwell addressed the President's tweets on Saturday morning's edition of Newsroom. Here's a transcript of what he said: This morning the President attacked another member of Congress on Twitter.

President Trump is facing widespread outrage after describing Baltimore as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” in tweets attacking and Maryland denounced the president’ s remarks, and The Baltimore Sun responded by publishing an editorial titled “Better to have a few rats than to be one.”

Residents of the Jared Kushner owned Dutch Village apartments in Baltimore have been complaining to management about mice and for a while. BALTIMORE (AP) — Davon Jones doesn’t have to look far to see the irony in President Donald Trump ’ s tweets that Baltimore is a “ rat and rodent infested

The comments immediately drew backlash from the city's major newspaper The Baltimore Sun, which published an acerbic note to Trump arguing that it was better to have a few rats in the city than to be one.

"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," The Baltimore Sun's Editorial Board wrote on Sunday.

And some Baltimore residents agreed, telling Newsweek on Monday that Trump was lumping their city in with "shithole countries," the developing nations that Trump criticized where, like Baltimore, the majority of the population is black or brown.

"For someone who is so America First, it's odd to be talking badly about an American city," Anthony, a 34-year-old local resident, told Newsweek.

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Those ' rat infested ' places in Baltimore ? BALTIMORE — Davon Jones doesn't have to look far to see the irony in President Donald Trump ' s tweets that Baltimore is a " rat and rodent infested mess." And a lawsuit seeking class-action status for residents alleges Westminster Management

The Trump administration proposed cutting a program that would have axed a successful rat Such calculations haunt Ken Strong, whose job is to eliminate rats in Baltimore ’ s public housing. Latest Baltimore City . Patterson Park resident rallies Baltimore to celebrate St. Patrick’ s Day on rooftops

Baltimore Residents Respond to Trump's 'Rat Infested City' Comments: 'I'm Thrilled to Be Here'© ASSOCIATED PRESS Victor Toulson, 50, displays his patriotic shirt outside of the Sandtown-Winchester Senior Center, Monday, July 29, 2019, in the Sandtown section of Baltimore. Toulson told The Associated Press he was not happy with President Donald Trump's twitter comments over the weekend. In the latest rhetorical shot at lawmakers of color, President Donald Trump vilified Rep. Elijah Cummings majority-black Baltimore district as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Other residents similarly argued that it was un-presidential of Trump to criticize a city in the country he governs. "For me, as a Baltimorean, those were some foul words," said Donald, a 54-year-old resident who lives in Cummings's district. "I love Baltimore. This is my city. But no president should say something like that about any city."

Jared Kushner owns lots of apartments in the Baltimore area. Some were infested with mice.

Jared Kushner owns lots of apartments in the Baltimore area. Some were infested with mice. Kushner’s complexes in the Baltimore area have been cited with hundreds of code violations.

An anti- Trump protester calls for the president to be impeached outside the launch event for his 2020 campaign launch in Orlando, Florida. Maryland governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, said in a radio interview that Mr Trump ' s comments about Baltimore , the state's largest city , were “outrageous and

Trump attacks another African American lawmaker, and calls Baltimore a 'disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess'. Reaction to Trump ' s tirade was swift with Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. Jack House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- whose father represented the city in Congress, and, along with her

In Baltimore, some residents said the city's racial history has contributed to the crime and poverty that Trump mentioned in his tweets.

"I think a lot of people don't take time to acknowledge why these problems exist," Robert, a 31-year-old teacher from Baltimore, told Newsweek.

"This was one of the first cities to integrate. Poly [the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute] integrated in 1952, and people didn't want the schools to integrate. That's why [highway] 695 was built and white flight took off," Robert said. "The main factory jobs all closed. There is a long history of a lack of resources in Baltimore city, and I think until that itself is addressed it's easy to make comments like the city is messed up or dangerous. Yeah it is, but why is it?"

Renny Bass, a 53-year-old resident who owns a cultural arts center in central Baltimore, says that he thinks Trump's rhetoric aims to pit black and white citizens against each other. Critics have called Trump out for using dehumanizing language when talking about black communities and for referring to majority African American communities as infested. Bass argues that Trump symbolizes an America in which racial inequalities are perpetuated.

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'Better to have rats than to be one': Baltimore Sun editorial board lashes out at Trump after he called the city a Trump ' s smear campaign of the city was triggered when Cummings complained about conditions at the border and Border Control The comments below have been moderated in advance.

A current Baltimore resident , however, confirmed one thing: the city really is rodent infested and Cummings "The best way to prevent rats is to cut off their food source and not provide hiding places for them The county has hired an exterminator that does nothing but respond to rat infestations .

"I don't think that culturally, white people can understand what Trump is saying to us as African Americans. People say a dog whistle, but it's louder than that," Bass said.

"The social injustice has been going on in this country forever. The economic injustice has been going on forever. The disparity in housing and bank loans have been going on forever. White America knows this. It's no secret. But white America doesn't speak out against it because they are benefitting from it. Trump is a poster child for that," Bass added.

Census data from 2017 demonstrates that Maryland's 7th district, which encompasses parts of Baltimore and Howard counties, is 53 percent black. It is also the second wealthiest majority-black district in the country, with a median income of $58,000. But some parts of the district are known for drug related violence. The district had 4,336 gun-related incidents between 2014 and 2019.

Residents who have lived in Baltimore all of their lives are quick to point out that the city has problems with gun violence. But many recent transplants, people who are often able to avoid the violence because they didn't grow up with it, sing the city's praises.

"I just moved to Baltimore from Washington D.C. I love it, I'm thrilled to be here," says Andrea, a 35-year-old. "It's a vibrant community."

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Elizabeth Pillow, a 23-year-old from Indiana, said she chose to move to Baltimore a year ago to work in a local theater.

"I hear these comments from Trump and I'm like, 'are you kidding me?'" Pillow tells Newsweek. "I think Baltimore gets a bad reputation because people don't see it, they're not in it."

Leslie, a 64-year-old who moved to Baltimore to join her daughter, said Trump's comments about the city are "despicable."

"I'm from Texas originally and I've been living here since 2015. I love it," she told Newsweek. "I'm very happy with Elijah Cummings, he's wonderful."

Still, some neighbors agree with Trump's comments and his characterization of the city as a place plagued by crime. Neighbors said a man who worked at a local barbershop was shot and killed just last week. He was reportedly buying backpacks for some of the local kids and trying to encourage the neighborhood children to go to school. Some neighbors said they believe that he was targeted for his community outreach.

"I think it was a wakeup call. The city needs a wakeup call," one 51-year-old resident who asked to remain anonymous said about Trump's tweets.

Some local residents pointed out that a lack of resources causes schools and recreation centers to close, leading to an increase in crime as more young people try to eke out a living on the streets.

Robert, a 33-year-old security guard from West Baltimore, says he thinks Elijah Cummings is failing at his job.

"I just want to ask Elijah Cummings one question: what in your twenty years in office have you done for this city? This city is decaying and crumbling," Robert said.

Pelosi calls Kushner a 'slumlord' in defense of Cummings

Pelosi calls Kushner a 'slumlord' in defense of Cummings House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Jared Kushner a "slumlord" Thursday as she defended Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings and his Baltimore-area district following days of attacks from President Trump. © (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. attends a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, on the Trump administration's decision to add a new question on citizenship to the 2020 Census.

And Devon Temorgan, a 26-year-old Baltimore resident, noted that on Monday he was on his way to a funeral for a friend who was shot because he was at the wrong place at the wrong time in Northwest Baltimore. He said the city's youth lacks guidance and have grown "uncontrollable."

"A lot of people don't have their fathers because they're dead or in jail," Temorgan told Newsweek. "It's a dangerous place. It's a beautiful place, but at the same time it's dangerous."

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