Better To Have Rats Than Be One: Fearless Furious Baltimore Just Ripped Trump A New One

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An ice cream party infestation in Baltimore. Twitter photo

Now that this foul racist clown has moved on from attacking lawmakers of color to entire cities and districts (largely) of color, their residents are fighting back and it's glorious to behold. This weekend's venomous tantrum was aimed at Rep. Elijah Cummings, powerful chair of the House Oversight Committee, and we're sure it had nothing to do with the fact that Cummings, unlike Trump, is doing his job, which in this case means calling out Trump's racist policies at the border and launching investigations into his venality and at a recent hearing berating the cretins running our concentration camps - "You feel like you're doing a great job, right? What does that mean? When a child is sitting in their own feces, can't take a shower? Come on man...None of us would have our children in that position. They are human beings." - and oh yeah newly authorizing subpoenas for private emails and messages of senior White House officials, including Princess Complicit.
 
Coincidentally, ever-dutifully, Fox and Racist Friends then ran a bizarre hit piece on Cummings' 7th Congressional District, a sprawling, majority African-American area encompassing over half of Baltimore as well as affluent suburbs, ritzy tourist areas and poverty-and-crime-stricken neighborhoods, comparing it unfavorably to the Fuhrer's gleaming kiddie jails at the border. Because we have a purported president virtually without ideas or ideals who can only mindlessly parrot what he sees on his magic TV machine, he launched into his racist rant: "Fox News rang the bell, the president salivated."  Cummings is "a brutal bully" and "racist" whose district is "a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" considered "the Worst in the USA" where "no human being would want to live" and "FAR WORSE" than our gracious concentration camps. Also "his radical 'oversight' is a joke!" Also, FYI: acting from now-admitted revenge is yet another impeachable offense, just sayin.'
 
Baltimore and environs, where it seems many human beings want to and do proudly live, were enraged. From native daughter Nancy Pelosi to Mayor Jack Young to CNN's Victor Blackwell to thousands proclaiming We Are Baltimore, people rose up to defend their home, declare "West Baltimore is America," and call bullshit on Trump's racist imaginings. They posted photos of their azalea and butterfly and block party "infestations" and articles on actual bed bug attacks at Trump hotels. They posted photos of squalid, down-and-dirty scenes - "I can't believe the conditions in Baltimore" - before adding, oops, sorry, these are the districts of Jim Jordan, Steve King, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Louie Gohmert, Devin Nunes, Mitch McConnell, Matt Gaetz, Lindsey Graham, because in truth poverty is endemic in America, period. They noted it's weird Tennessee is at the bottom of everything - poverty, health care access, opioid death - "yet you don’t see Trump ripping our elected officials. Wonder white."
 
They blasted one of Baltimore's most notorious slumlords (apple=tree), who rents them crappy, untended-to, mold-and-maggot-infested places where ball-playing is forbidden - "Violators will be prosecuted" - and harasses/ sues them if they're late (or even not) on rent, sometimes mercilessly hounding them to pay for violations like a missing $10 laundry card: one Jared Kushner. Most gloriously, in a fiery editorial in the Baltimore Sun, they ripped this son of a Klansman a new one for his grotesque unfitness. Reasonably gently at first, they remind Trump that "the 7th District, Baltimore included, is part of the United States that he is supposedly governing," and that "if there are problems here, rodents included, they are as much his responsibility as anyone’s." Then they let loose in a master class of furious truth-telling, ending in the sickest of burns. To a fainthearted media who have come inexcusably to cower before the madness, listen up.

"Finally, while we would not sink to name-calling in the Trumpian manner — or ruefully point out that he failed to spell the congressman’s name correctly (it’s Cummings, not Cumming) — we would tell the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir Putin and the guy who insisted there are “good people” among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post. Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity. Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one."

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