President Trump started his weekend with a viral attack on Elijah E. Cummings, the Democratic chair of the House oversight committee. In a tweet Saturday morning, Mr. Trump called Rep. Cummings "a brutal bully" who represents a Baltimore-based district that has turned into a "disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess" where no wants to live.
For the President's opponents, it was another example of racist political rhetoric, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pointed out.
Mr. Trump lashed out against Rep. Cummings after the latter heavily criticized the migrant detention centers during his interview with "Fox and Friends."
The President said Cummings was a hypocrite for blaming his administration about the life in detention centers at the border. In Mr. Trump's view, Rep. Cummings should focus on improving the conditions in his district, which, in Trump's words, was "blathered."
In turn, Cummings said that though it was his "constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the executive branch," it was his "moral duty" to fight for his constituents.
Cummings, who is from African American origin, represents Maryland's seven congressional districts. It includes parts of Baltimore and the nearby counties. The area, which is predominantly African American, has been governed by the Democratic Party since the 1950's.
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that like many other districts in the U.S., it also experiences issues with unemployment with poverty. It also has gun-related crime problems.
It was not the first time Rep. Cummings criticized the President's administration. Earlier this year, Mr. Cummings' committee authorized a subpoena for personal emails and texts used for official businesses by leading White House advisors, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young stated to assert that it was unacceptable for the head of the country to downgrade Baltimore and to assault Rep. Elijah Cummings publicly.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was born in Baltimore, echoed Mayor Young's words accusing the President of being a racist. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, two of the four Democratic congresswomen who Trump attacked last week, also took Cummings'side.
President Trump has a proven history of calling predominantly black areas across the country as ''filthy.'' During his presidential campaign three years ago, Mr. Trump described black communities as unremittingly grim.
What do you think? Do you support or oppose President Trump's statement that Rep. Cummings should focus on his district instead of criticizing the living conditions in the migrant detention centers at the border?