Trump Criticizes Baltimore Representative

Patrick Semansky/Reuters, AP Photo

Patrick Semansky/Reuters, AP Photo


We ran the numbers: There are 1886 news articles covering this topic. 27% (510) are left leaning, 47% (892) center, 26% (484) right leaning.


On Saturday morning, President Trump criticized Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore district, calling it a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.” President Trump then went on to comment on Cummings’ leadership capabilities suggesting, “If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.” Trump's comments were in response to Cummings’ disapproval of the conditions of the US-Mexico border. Baltimore mayor Bernard C. Young promptly defended Cummings and his district by criticizing Trump for “denigrat[ing] a vibrant American City like Baltimore” and “viciously attack[ing] U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings–a patriot and hero.” Despite being the third most dangerous city in the US, Baltimore has an above-average rate of college graduates and median household income.

A left-leaning Washington Post article notes how Trump’s recent attack on Cummings echoes his criticism of the Squad, attacking their “crime infested” countries of origin.

A center-leaning article from The Hill, explains Trump’s vilification of Cummings and claim that no human being would want to live in Baltimore. It also notes that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Katherine Clark both defended Cummings and praised his efforts towards civil rights and justice. 

A right-leaning Fox News article describes former DNC spokesman Mo Elleithee’s “accusation” of Trump’s tweets as a strategic move to distract from other issues within his administration. According to the article, Elleithee claims, “There’s no greater divide in American politics today than the urban versus rural divide...This is about the president pitting his base against other people”–referring to President Trump’s critical tweet, “no human being wants to live in a city like Baltimore.” The article wraps up with a response from Michigan residents who express mixed emotions over President Trump’s tweets and his promise of manufacturing jobs, “[Pres. Trump] promised us we weren’t going to lose any manufacturing jobs and now these jobs are all leaving. I do think he’s very good at changing the subject from bad stories.”