House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), has been caught on tape referring to his city of Baltimore as a “drug-infested” area. President Trump has recently been widely criticized by Democrats as being “racist” after his remarks about Cummings’s district, calling it a “disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.,) speaks at the Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 4, 2019. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo, File)

The president tweeted the video clip on Wednesday, July 31, while giving a speech several years ago at what appears to be a hearing in Congress, Cummings said, “This morning, I left my community of Baltimore— a drug-infested area where a lot of the drugs we are talking about today have already taken the lives of so many children,” adding “the same children that I watched 14 or 15 years ago as they grew up, now walking around like zombies.”

“I’ve received more phone calls than I think on any other subject of people from Baltimore and other cities corruptly run by Democrats, thanking me for getting involved,” the president told reporters outside the White House. “You have a large African American population, and they really appreciate what I’m doing. And they’ve let me know it,” he added.

President Donald Trump speaks at the Made in America event on the South Lawn of the White House, on July 15, 2019. (Shutterstock)

“Baltimore is an example of what corrupt government leads to. Billions of dollars have been given, and I feel so sorry for the people of Baltimore,” said President Trump on Tuesday at the White House, and added that he is “the least racist person anywhere in the world.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), condemned the president after he remarked Cummings was a “brutal bully” and his district of Baltimore was “more dangerous” than the southern border.

“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,” tweeted Pelosi. “We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership.”

Housing Secretary Ben Carson held a press conference in Baltimore on July 31, and defended President Trump, comparing Baltimore to a patient who has cancer, “You know, it’s sort of like if you have a patient who has cancer,” Carson said of Baltimore. “You can dress them up and put a nice suit on them, and you can try to ignore it. But that cancer is going to have a devastating effect. You have to be willing to address that issue if you’re ever going to solve it.”
Cummings was invited to the press conference, but declined due to “scheduling commitments.”

The war of words and twitter feud would appear far from over.