Rep Elijah Cummings was a racist

Trump is now also attacking black US civil rights activists

Washington - After his condescending remarks about a predominantly black constituency in Baltimore, US President Donald Trump launched offensive tirades against a black civil rights activist on Twitter. His new attacks were directed against Pastor Al Sharpton, whom Trump described on Monday as a "cheater" and a "troublemaker". "He hates whites and cops."

Sharpton said on Sunday that he was on his way to Baltimore, which Trump had previously scolded. In doing so, he apparently incurred the President's anger. "Next, Pastor Al will show up to complain and protest," Trump tweeted. "Nothing is done for the needy. Sorry!"

Sharpton reacted a little later to the short messages from the President. "Trump says I am a troublemaker and a fraud (...) If he really thought I was a fraud, he would get me into his government," Sharpton tweeted.

Baltimore is a "bastard"

Trump had once again drawn allegations of racism over the weekend with a series of Twitter messages. He cursed Afro-American MP Elijah Cummings as a "brutal tyrant" and described his constituency in Baltimore as a "disgusting, rat and rodent bastard". The US President then responded to criticism and racism allegations on Sunday with another Twitter tirade. He called Cummings a "racist".

The highest-ranking Democrat Nancy Pelosi spoke of a racist attack. The Baltimore Sun published an editorial that was headed: "Better to have a couple of rats in the neighborhood than to be one"

The 68-year-old Cummings is a loud critic of the president and repeatedly denounces his restrictive migration policy on the border with Mexico. Above all, the conditions in the internment camps there have come under heavy criticism. As chairman of the oversight committee, Cummings is also driving several investigations against Trump and his administration. He represents Maryland's seventh congressional district in the House of Representatives - a district where the majority of African Americans live.

Cooperation required

Cummings defended himself on Saturday. "I wake up every morning and fight for my neighbors," he wrote on Twitter. He urged the president to work with him to change the financial troubles of families in Baltimore and across the country.

Trump had stated, among other things, that Cummings had harassed the employees of the border patrol with his tirades, while the conditions in his constituency were much worse and more dangerous. "If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous and filthy place," the president wrote.

Support from other candidates

Many Democrats jumped to the side of their party colleagues. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who wants to run for the Democrats in next year's presidential election, described Trump's remarks as "despicable". Numerous other Democratic presidential candidates also condemned the statements. Black Senator Kamala Harris was "proud" to have her campaign office in Cummings' constituency.

Representatives from Baltimore also resisted the attacks on their city. Democratic Mayor Bernard Young said it was totally unacceptable for the president to denigrate a "vibrant" city like Baltimore. Cummings is a patriot and a hero.

Again and again racism from Trump

Trump, on the other hand, defended his attack: there was nothing wrong with highlighting the "obvious facts" about the MP's bad work, he wrote on Twitter, without citing any evidence. He accused the Democrats of continually raising charges of racism when they "did so little for the great African American people in our country."

The historic port city of Baltimore with around 600,000 inhabitants has both affluent neighborhoods and problem areas. More than 60 percent of the population is black, and in Cummings' constituency it's a good 50 percent.

The US President recently triggered a storm of indignation with racist remarks about several Democratic women politicians. Observers assume that Trump wants to mobilize his majority white supporters for the upcoming presidential election campaign with the targeted attacks. (APA, July 29, 2019)