When the Baltimore Sun published an editorial that belittled 170 Trump supporter volunteers who participated in a trash collection in Baltimore, it seems to have backfired on them.
Conservative activist Scott Presler in response to a tweet by President Trump that the city “is a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess,” decided to do something to help the situation, tweeting “Next week, I’m coming to Baltimore. I’m organizing a trash clean up in the city. If you’re free on a weekday, after work, please comment below for more details. #WeAreBaltimore.”
So, on Aug. 5, volunteers joined him, and put in a 12-hour day as a group, they managed to collect 12 tons of garbage. The Baltimore Sun editorial, with the title, “We assume it was pure motives that led a Trump supporter to launch a cleanup in Cummings’ district, right?”: continued on to ridicule activist Scott Presler and the group, “Look, we appreciate anyone who is willing to roll up their sleeves to help Baltimore. More than 170 people came from all over the country and cleaned up nearly 12 tons of trash, according to Mr. Presler’s Twitter feed. He doesn’t post any photos of the totality of the trash, so we’ll have to take his word for it. But if this was all about ‘Americans helping Americans,’ why all the videos of Baltimore residents thanking Mr. Trump for bringing attention to the issue? We happen to know that not everybody in West Baltimore feels that way. And in the same posts as the videos, why the frequent reminders that this is an act in Mr. Cummings’s district?”
“This is not a Trump rally, this is not anti-Representative Cummings at all, this is just simply Americans helping Americans,” Presler told The Sun. “And that’s it.”
The Sun editorial caught the attention of philanthropist Bill Pulte, he responded to the Sun on Twitter with a pledge: “My teammates and I will pledge $100,000 to Baltimore neighborhood clean up (I know a thing or two about that!) in Baltimore if the Baltimore Sun retracts this article that discourages people who want to help the City, when the amazing residents want them (to) help!”
Pulte recently said he has $1 million to give away to those in need, as reported on WXYZ, using Twitter as a means of getting the word out, he calls it “Twitter Philanthropy.”
“What we’re trying to do is get awareness for philanthropy, and bringing philanthropy from the old outdated days when you had to fill out a form and bring it online,” he said.
He recently tweeted to President Trump, that if the president replied to his tweet, he would gift a new car to a 79-year-old veteran from Michigan, Bill Belcher. The president tweeted back: “Thank you, Bill. Say hello to our great veterans.”
“I appreciate everything he’s done. It’s just unbelievable,” said Belcher after receiving the new Chevrolet Trax.
Meanwhile, will the Baltimore Sun retract its scathing editorial to allow Baltimore to gain from Pulte’s generosity? The donation of $100,000 can go a long way to get rid of garbage.