President Trump’s harsh words for House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Saturday morning dominated the otherwise quiet, summer weekend news cycle. I about this story here. Actually, the far more amusing post covered the Democrats’ reaction to the comments. My colleague, Alex Parker, reported on that last night here. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, in a series of predawn tweets, Trump wrote:
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. As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cummings’ 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.
Finally, he wrote: “Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!
Cummings is well-known for his frequent criticism of the President. Recently, he said the treatment of migrant children at the border facilities “is government-sponsored child abuse…on a grand scale.” And on Thursday, the House Oversight Committee, which Cummings chairs, voted to subpoena records of White House officials (including those of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner) and their aide’s use of social media for government business use.
Cummings never misses an opportunity to take a shot at the President.
Because Cummings is black, the cries of “Trump is a racist” began almost immediately.
Well, it’s another Sunday and you know what that means. It means that anti-Trumper Chris Wallace gets to practice his debate skills on yet another Trump administration official. This Sunday, his target was Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
But a strange thing happened. Just as White House senior advisor Stephen Miller did last week on Wallace’s program, Mulvaney refused to allow him to label the President as a racist. Mulvaney not only defended his boss, he managed to offend Wallace. And that was a beautiful thing.
Wallace said: “This seems, Mick, to be the worst kind of racial stereotyping. Let me finish. Black Congressman, majority black district. [He quotes Trump] ‘No human being would want to live there.’ Is he saying that people who live in Baltimore are not human beings?”
So, Chris, help me with this. When the President attacks AOC +3, he gets accused of being racist. When Nancy Pelosi does it a few days later, the left and many members of the media, not you in particular, come to Nancy’s defense. ‘Oh, it couldn’t possibly be racist, she was simply attacking their ideas.’ The President is doing the same. The President is attacking Mr. Cummings for saying things that are not true about the border. I think it’s right for the President to raise the issue.
Look, I was in Congress for six years. If I had poverty in my district like they have in Baltimore, if I had crime in my district like they have in Chicago, if I had homelessness in my district like they have in San Francisco, and I spent all of my time in Washington, D.C., chasing down this Mueller investigation, this bizarre impeachment crusade, I’d get fired.
I think the president is right to raise that. It has absolutely zero to do with race.
Watch the interview in the video below. The relevant segment starts at 1:30.
Democrats seem to have no idea that their constant repetition of the label “racist” has stripped it of it’s power. It’s become like water off a duck’s back.
Trump criticizes white people as well as black or brown people. Look at his comments about Joe Biden, Jim Comey or Hillary Clinton.
The President has the right to criticize a person’s words or actions, even if that individual is a member of a minority group. Period.
The score for the past two weeks stands as follows:
Team Trump: 2 Chris Wallace: 0