In a weekend tweet, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denounced President Trump’s criticism of Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore district as “racist attacks,” calling Cummings’ handling of his district “steadfast leadership.”
Pelosi’s remarks came in response to Trump’s scathing condemnation of the Baltimore representative’s repeated attacks on the US Border Patrol, as well as the condition of his district, which Trump called “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”
“If [Cummings] spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous [and] filthy place,” added Trump, sparking outrage from Democrats and liberals on social media.
.@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. We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership. #ElijahCummingsIsAPatriot https://t.co/2LG8AuQrHh
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 27, 2019
However, despite Pelosi’s immediate allegations of racism, social media commenters quickly fired back her claims, and demanded to know what Trump had said that constituted racism.
— Dan Mo (@MoitozaDaniel) July 27, 2019
I’m a WHITE Southern Grandmother with a 1st born Black biracial grandson and 2 biracial Hispanic grandchildren. My MOTHER was a LEGAL immigrant. My brother was not born here. @SpeakerPelosi @RepCummings, I showed you mine, now show me yours! I’m @realDonaldTrump’s America!
— Anna 🇺🇸🇮🇱 (@Suluclac) July 27, 2019
Will you apologize for your attempts to marginalize these important women of color in your caucus?
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) July 27, 2019
There is no systemic racism in America. The truth is white people do not get up everyday and spend their time and energy trying to stop black people. The only person in this country who can stop you from achieving your dreams is the person you look at in the mirror each morning ~
— Allen Sutton (@StewardshipAmer) July 27, 2019
Who said anything about race? Oh, it was YOU. Stop already. There’s nothing productive about race-baiting. And he’s right about Baltimore. Compared to the border, his district has a lot of work to do.
— Elsee (@ENomoun) July 27, 2019
Only racists 👆people see racism when roden and rats are mentioned and they automatically think African-American.
— AJ🇺🇸 🏳️🌈🌈♥️🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@AJLOVESPETS) July 27, 2019