Radio host Rush Limbaugh has fiercely defended President Trump after his remarks directed toward Elijah Cummings, the Democrat who represents much of the Baltimore district.
Limbaugh said in an interview with Fox News, “The president is not a racist, he didn’t say anything racist, he didn’t call anybody—well, he called [Rep. Elijah] Cummings a racist after Cummings reacted. But folks, look, Detroit, Flint, Los Angeles, San Francisco—massive homeless problems. Wherever you find this decadent decay, you’re going to find Democrats having run the operation, or the city, the state—whatever it is—the county for decades.”
The heated Twitter feud began after Cummings, at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Thursday attacked acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, lashing out at conditions at the border, demanding improvement.
“These false and overheated attacks are not helping to resolve the crisis,” said McAleenan, who is just trying to do his job.
Trump tweeted on the weekend that 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.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), bought into the discussion with her tweet on Saturday, calling the president’s remarks “racist.”
“Rep. Cummings is a champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague,” she tweeted. “We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership.”
The president brushed off any criticism of racial slurs, “There is nothing racist in stating plainly what most people already know, that Elijah Cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district, and of Baltimore itself. Dems always play the race card when they are unable to win with facts. Shame!” Trump tweeted.
Rev. Al Sharpton, also entered the arena, on Monday he traveled to Baltimore to hold a press conference in condemnation of the president.
Trump tweeted ahead of the conference, “Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score,” adding that the civil rights activist and MSNBC host “Hates Whites & Cops!”
Sharpton criticized Trump at the news conference, “He attacks everybody. I know Donald Trump. He’s not mature enough to take criticism and he can’t help it,” Sharpton said. “He’s like a child, somebody says something, he reacts. He’s thin-skinned and not really matured that well, but he has a particular venom for blacks and people of color.”
The war of words and the Twitter feud is sure to continue.