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Pelosi slams Trump's 'racist attacks' on Cummings

The Hill logo The Hill 7/27/2019 Rachel Frazin
Nancy Pelosi smiling for the camera: Pelosi slams Trump's 'racist attacks' on Cummings © Greg Nash Pelosi slams Trump's 'racist attacks' on Cummings

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) denounced President Trump's early morning criticism of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Saturday, labeling the president's remarks "racist" and hailing the longtime congressman as a "champion" and "beloved leader."

".@RepCummings is a champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague," Pelosi tweeted. "We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership."

Pelosi's condemnation came in response to a series of tweets in which Trump accused Cummings of being a "brutal bully" and claimed his Baltimore district was "FAR WORSE" and "more dangerous" than the southern border.

Trump said Cummings's district, which encompasses downtown Baltimore, was the "worst run" in the U.S. and asserted that the Maryland city was "corrupt" and that "no human being would want to live there."

Cummings's district is the second-most wealthy and educated of Maryland's majority-black districts. The attack from Trump followed statements by Cummings in which he called the treatment of migrant children in U.S. facilities "government-sponsored child abuse."

The president's remarks also came days after the House Oversight and Reform Committee authorized Cummings to subpoena records from the White House in connection with an investigation into aides' use of personal email and text applications for official business.

Cummings, in his own tweet, wrote, "It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents."

Earlier this month, the House voted to formally admonish Trump, approving a resolution that condemned Trump's remarks that four congresswomen of color should "go back" to the "places from which they came" as "racist."

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