President Donald Trump stepped up his quarrel with House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., on Sunday calling the congressman “racist,” not long after critics had claimed the President’s initial tweets about Cummings were also racist, Fox News informed.
“If racist Elijah Cummings would focus more of his energy on helping the good people of his district, and Baltimore itself, perhaps progress could be made in fixing the mess that he has helped to create over many years of incompetent leadership,” the President tweeted Sunday afternoon.
“His radical ‘oversight’ is a joke!,”he added.
Earlier, Trump also lashed out at Cummings, calling him “brutal bully” for the way he spoke to border patrol officials. Trump stated that the congressman’s Baltimore district was in “FAR WORSE” condition than the situation at the southern border.
The rebuke resulted in claims of racism from Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Trump retaliated, citing claims of racism against Pelosi from some progressive Democrats.
Trump probably reffered to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., accusing Pelosi earlier this month of “singling out” women of color. This occured after Pelosi rejected Ocasio-Cortez and her “Squad” – including Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley – as being more influential on social media than in Congress. At that time Trump stood in defense of Pelosi.
On Saturday, however, Pelosi defended Cummings and the city of Baltimore, where she was born, and dismissed Trump, saying that his comments were “racist.”
“We all reject racist attacks against [Cummings] and support his steadfast leadership,” Pelosi tweeted Saturday.
“There is nothing racist in stating plainly what most people already know, that Elijah Cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district, and of Baltimore itself. Dems always play the race card when they are unable to win with facts. Shame!” Trump responded.
Later Sunday, Trump pointed out that “African American unemployment is the lowest (best) in the history of the United States,” under his administration.
Trump went on to say he was “Waiting for Nancy and Elijah to say, ‘Thank you, Mr. President!’”
Cummings did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Among Trump’s tweets Saturday, one included a video purportedly showing blight in Baltimore. He asked the congressman, “why don’t you focus on your district!?”
“Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors,” Cummings responded to Trump’s initial criticism.
“It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents,” he added.