East Baltimore

An east Baltimore, MD neighborhood in the summer of 2018. Screen grab via Fox 45 – Baltimore.

There’s been a lot of talk over the last several days about President Trump’s criticisms of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7) and the disturbing conditions in parts of his district. As usual, Trump’s political opposition (including the liberal media) have called him a racist who would never characterize a majority white area of the country as “infested” (which isn’t true).

Some of those same people also dispute what Trump has said about Baltimore, even though numerous investigative reports have been done in the past by the local media, concerned community activists, and PBS about the serious rat, trash, poverty, and crime problems that have plagued certain parts of the city for years.

But the people we haven’t heard much from are the people on the ground in the affected areas. The mainstream media don’t appear to be interested, but fortunately Baltimore Republican Kimberly Klacik has posted numerous videos and images of interviews she’s done with residents who live in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhoods, making sure their voices are heard.

The same goes for TPUSA’s Benny Johnson, who recently visited the district to conduct interviews with local residents. Here’s what he saw and heard:

Here is the thread unrolled.

In the summer of 2018, Fox 45 – Baltimore did a report that featured then-Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) touring the rows of dilapidated homes, and complaining of the smell of rats and dead animals. “What the hell? We should just take all this sh*t down,” Pugh can be heard saying in one part of the video:

Baltimore’s current Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young (D) did not dispute conditions on the ground in his city on Monday, instead saying that Trump should stop “childishly” tweeting about the issue and send federal assistance instead.

Rep. Cummings has represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional district since 1996.

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