Trump says Democrats’ ‘failed and corrupt rule’ destroyed Baltimore in House GOP speech

Trump says Democrats’ ‘failed and corrupt rule’ destroyed Baltimore in House GOP speech

CLOSEBALTIMORE – President Donald Trump said Democratic rule “destroyed” cities like Baltimore in a speech to House Republicans during their annual retreat, in his first visit to the city he once described as a “rodent infested mess.” “We’re going to fight for the future of cities like Baltimore that have been destroyed by decades of failed and corrupt rule,” he told House GOP members at the House Republican Conference Member Retreat dinner. The president came under fire in July for a string of tweets attacking the city and calling its Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings a “brutal bully” whose 7th District is “far worse and more dangerous” than the conditions on the border.Critics accused Trump of stoking racial tensions for his comments about Baltimore, a majority black city, and his remarks about Cummings, an African American lawmaker.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 (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019….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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019During his hour-long speech, Trump touted his administration’s accomplishments, ranging from tax cuts and low unemployment numbers to deregulation and nominating more conservative judges to the bench. Earlier before his remarks, Trump tweeted a photo of his motorcade descending on the city but made no mention of rats. Hello Baltimore! pic.twitter.com/Iz2aYj7rrC— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2019Nearby, protesters refused to let the president forget his comments about the city, raising into the air a 14-foot inflatable rat depicting Trump. There were more than a dozen police officers lining the street near the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Harbor East, where the three-day retreat for GOP members of the House of Representatives is being held. Those gathered behind the barricades in front of the park near President Street said counter-protesters showed up earlier across the street to support Trump.CLOSE
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APImages shared online showed the rat as well as a sign created to look like an official street sign, emblazoned with former president Barack Obama’s name. Trump visiting Baltimore for first time since disparaging it https://t.co/ePOJK7itGb— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) September 12, 2019Trump Rat is on #ObamaAve in Baltimore. pic.twitter.com/9IJ3m6vknu— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) September 12, 2019Abby Csea, of the Baltimore Welcoming Committee, estimates upwards of 300 people turned out to Columbus Park to protest the arrival of President Donald Trump.Csea said today’s protest is a symbolic way to show resistance to the policies enacted by Trump and the Republican Party concerning climate change and income inequality.“Trump and the Republican Party have made their position on Baltimore clear,” Csea said when asked how she felt about Trump’s disparaging comments. “I was pleased that he said it if anything in that I knew it would drive more people to be out.”Sonia Shah, 50, said she was planning to attend the protest before Trump’s visit because of Republican members of Congress were here for a retreat. She said the GOP has failed the hold Trump accountable.“I feel they’ve really let the country down,” Shah said, holding a balloon in the shape of Trump dressed like a baby.She added that she was “frustrated and angry” about the disparaging comments Trump made about the city.“He called us animals. That’s dehumanizing, that’s what fascists do,” Shah said. “He told us to go back to wherever we came from and I wanted to come here and say I’m from here.”The city, which voted overwhelmingly for Trump’s opponent in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, was thrust into the national spotlight amid Trump’s back-and-forth spat with Rep. Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee who oversees a series of investigations into the president’s administration. Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/09/12/trump-says-democrats-destroyed-baltimore-house-gop-speech/2303002001/
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