Donald Trump rejected charges of racism over his accused attacks on black Baltimore Democrat Elijah Cummings on Tuesday, saying: & # 39; Everyone is now called a racist. & # 39;
The president used one interview with C-Span to put accusations aside, he is a racist and worries about his rhetoric and says that the word is used so excessively, it is a shame & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I think the word really went a long way because everyone is now called a racist, & # 39; he said to the broadcaster.
& # 39; I can tell you that I am the least racist person in the world for me.
& # 39; They almost use it when they have no more things to criticize, they say, "He is a racist, he is a racist."
Trump also argued that & # 39; her own party called Nancy Pelosi a racist two weeks ago & # 39; – a reference to Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez who said that the Speaker's attacks on her and her & # 39; squadron & # 39; spoke to people of color.
The allegations of racism against Trump, however, began with his tweet that Spanish-American Ocasio-Cortez and her three allies – Ilhan Omar born in Somalia; African American Pressley; and Palestinian-American Rashida Taliba – must & # 39; go back to where they come from & # 39 ;.
Dismissal: Trump said about the accusation of racism: "They almost use it when they no longer have things to criticize, they say," He is a racist, he is a racist. "
Democratic rage: Trump claimed that Nancy Pelosi – seen in Ghana during a congress visit Tuesday – was accused of racism for repelling allegations, he is a racist on his fourth day of attacks on Elijah Cummings, the Baltimore Democrat who is president of the House Oversight Committee
Trump threw fuel on the fire on Saturday by starting four days of attacks on Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, which he continued on Tuesday, claiming that Baltimore residents lift the White House switchboard to thank him for saying that the city is a & # 39; living hell & # 39 ;.
Speaking with C-Span Tuesday, Trump continued his claim that he has done more for African Americans than previous presidents, citing criminal justice reform and his opportunity zones initiatives and lowest historical unemployment levels for African Americans.
He claimed that the & # 39; fake news & # 39; was that he didn't credit him for these achievements, claiming he was racist.
Shortly before the interview was broadcast, a Quinnipiac survey said that 51 percent of voters believed he was a racist, compared to 45 percent
Trump said earlier in the day that blacks living in the city called the White House to say he was right about the city he claimed to be & # 39; filthy dirty & # 39 ;, & # 39; contaminated & # 39; and & # 39; so terrible & # 39; is because corrupt politicians have been wrong with their tax money.
He claimed that the city's money was & # 39; stolen and wasted by people like Elia Cummings & # 39; before he stated that his attack on the black congressman is not related to the color of his skin.
& # 39; I am the least racist person there is, & # 39; he said on the southern lawn of the White House as he left.
Trump said MSNBC host and activist Al Sharpton, who claimed that Trump was a & # 39; special gif & # 39; has for colored persons, is the one with racial blinkers on.
& # 39; Now he is a racist. He's a racist! & # 39; The president told reporters at the South Lawn.
Sharpton made the comments at a press conference Monday in Baltimore – a city that Trump says he is going to & # 39; at the right time & # 39; will go while he prepared to leave the White House for West Virginia.
The president said he enjoyed bringing Cummings the Capitol Hill committee he chairs to Baltimore for an excursion.
& # 39; He should take his monitoring committee, take them to Baltimore, and study billions of stolen, & # 39; cried the president, digging himself into the democrat.
Polling suggests that the Trump attacks could cause damage to suburban voters – and especially women – that he may need next year to win. In recent days, however, Trump has told advisers in his re-election team that he believes his broad sides against minority democrats will help to captivate his main supporters.
& # 39; I think I help myself because I point to the huge corruption that is taking place in Baltimore and other democratic cities, & # 39; he said Tuesday as he continued to hammer his criticism.
He added: & # 39; Those people live in hell in Baltimore. & # 39; He said he was open to some kind of unspecified federal involvement. & # 39; If they ask me, & # 39; he said, & # 39; shall we participate. & # 39;
Later, when he returned to the White House from West Virginia, the president repeated his earlier remarks and entered Cummings for his attack.
& # 39; Elia Cummings, it was something awful, as he recently spoke with the head of Homeland Security. These people work very hard. They don't get support from the Democrats, & he said.
Asked if he has a strategy on attacking Cummings, he said: & I only point to facts. The most unsafe city in the country – in our country – is Baltimore. It receives billions of dollars. & # 39;
& # 39; All this money goes there and look at it, I don't have to describe it. Take a look at it. So there is no strategy, it's very simple. And Elia Cummings is in charge. And he should take his House Oversight Committee and he'd have to park them in Baltimore to find out what happened to $ 15 billion and a lot of other money. & # 39;
Trump suggested that Cummings – an old Maryland legislator – is directly responsible for the problems of the community.
& # 39; No. Baltimore has been treated badly for many years. As you know, Congressman Cummings has been around for a long time. He had an iron hand on it, & he said. & # 39; It's a corrupt city; there is no doubt about it. All you have to do is look at the facts. & # 39;
He claimed: & # 39; The government has pumped billions and billions of dollars over the years – in vain. & # 39;
& # 39; It has been wrong. It is missing. It has been stolen with a lot of corrupt government. And as you know, Cummings was in charge & # 39 ;, he claimed from the congressman that does not play a role in the management efforts of the city.
Trump offered his opportunity zones, criminal justice reform and economic policy as examples of the steps he has taken to help African Americans in the area.
& # 39; But they are so happy that I pointed to Baltimore's corrupt policy. It is dirty dirty. It is so awful. And they are happy as hell, & he said.
The vice president also traveled to a separate event in Ohio on Tuesday.
& # 39; Well, look, in the 2016 campaign, President Trump said memorable that we were our dedication – he would become president, ours would become a government for all Americans. And I couldn't be more proud of what we were able to do for the African-American community in this country, & he said.
Mike Pence also brought black unemployment, the billions of dollars that the administration invests in troubled neighborhoods and two-tiered legislation that Trump signed to reduce the detention rate.
& # 39; That said, President Trump is someone who – you know, he calls it the way he sees it. And to get Congressman Elijah Cummings staff at the Ministry of Homeland Security to scold committees and denounce our border patrols – allegations that I know are not actually based, while at the same time people in his city struggle in areas of terrible poverty – – is something that the president would just call.
Vice President Mike Pence defended Trump in Ohio on Tuesday: & # 39; President Trump is someone who – you know, he calls it the way he sees it & # 39;
& # 39; And he will continue to do that, not just with regard to Baltimore, but everywhere, & # 39; he added. & # 39; According to President Trump, part of that is being able to say when things are not what they should be, to evoke local leadership, to evoke state leadership, to say: & # 39; You have to do better. & # 39; & # 39;
Pence said: & # 39; That's what inspired his comments about Baltimore. & # 39;
The niece of Martin Luther King Jr., Alveda King, also defended Trump on Tuesday in a television appearance and in comments to reporters on Monday.
Outside the White House after meeting with pastors in the city center where a participant said it was on the agenda before the president's comments about Baltimore and crime, she said: “The president is concerned about the entire nation. About everyone in the nation.
& # 39; So I want us to remember that we are designed to be brothers and sisters. A member of the human race. No individual races. The same blood, & she added.
King told reporters after the event with the closed door that Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson were once friends of Trump and that they had recently changed their stripes.
& # 39; And sometime in their lives they had a high regard for the president. And so I think of a text: if it had been my enemy, I could have understood, I could have known what to do, but you were my friends and my brothers, & she said. & # 39; So these are his brothers. & # 39;
Alveda King, second from the right, niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. together with other religious leaders, from the left, Rev. Bill Owens, Rev. Dean Nelson and Bishop Harry Jackson, address reporters after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House
King said she tweeted an old photo of Trump and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton
King did not say if she was personally troubled by Trump & # 39; s comments that a majority-black district in Maryland represented by African-American congressman Elijah Cummings was inappropriate.
Instead, she said in short comments: & # 39; Well, you know, America is worried. And when we say we are color blind, we have to put on our glasses. & # 39;
& # 39; We can see. We can see a troubled America, but we can see a blessed America. The employment rate is higher in every community, including the black community, & she said. & # 39; The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU & # 39; s) under this president are blessed. The babies in the womb, the sick and poor and the elderly are blessed. & # 39;
King added: & # 39; We have the ability to remain blessed and we have a president who listens. And I was happy to pray with him today. That's all. & # 39;
Bill Owens, the founder and president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, continued where King had stayed after she ran away, denying that Trump is a racist and claims that the president has worked to improve conditions in African-American communities.
& # 39; I find it hard to believe, & # 39; he said about the allegations against Trump.
He said that Trump & # 39; of course & # 39; can do more and go to Baltimore yourself.
& # 39; I think so. It would be good, & he told DailyMail.com.
He would not comment on Trump & # 39; s comments about the district of Cummings, including a claim that it is infected.
& # 39; Well, those are his words. I don't want to reconsider what he says, because I hear a lot of things. I also see people who work for black people to get them on board with part of their agenda, "he said during the question and answer session.
Earlier that morning, Trump had said in new tweets on the subject that he would be happy to help the leaders of the urban area clean up the city if they asked for his help.
& # 39; The fact is that Baltimore can be brought back, perhaps even to new heights of success and glory, but not with King Elijah and that crew. When the Baltimore leaders want to see the city rise again, I'm in a very nice oval-shaped office waiting for your call! he tweeted.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan later called Trump's comments & # 39; shameful and inappropriate & # 39; and asked what Trump is doing about the problems of the city.
Trump further claimed that he would like to help the leaders of the urban area to clean up the city if they asked for his help
Trump has also opened activist and MSNBC host Sharpton in two-day tweets, in which he also claimed that the Democratic congressman is responsible for the crime in Baltimore.
& # 39; Baltimore, under the leadership of Elia Cummings, has the worst crime statistics in the nation. 25 years of talking, no action! So tired of listening to the same old bull … Then Pastor Al will appear to complain and protest. Nothing is being done for those in need. Sad! & # 39; He wrote.
He added: & # 39; If the Democrats have the Radical Left & # 39; Squad & # 39; and King Elijah & # 39; s going to defend Baltimore Fail, it's a long way to 2020. The good news for the Dems is that they have the Fake News Media in their pocket! & # 39;
Trump accused Sharpton of hating & # 39; whites and agents & # 39; in an early Monday morning on Twitter.
Sharpton tweeted that he was on his way to defend Baltimore and the Democratic legislator after Trump attacked both, causing the president to return to the prominent African-American civil rights activist.
& # 39; I have known for 25 years. Went with him and Don King argued, it was always okay with each other. He & # 39; loved Trump! & # 39; He often asked me for favors. Although a scammer, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. I'm just doing his thing. Must have intimidated Comcast / NBC. Hates Whites & Cops!, & Tweet the president.
His attack came shortly before Sharpton organized a press conference in Baltimore with former Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele, who served as Lieutenant Governor of Maryland.
& # 39; He attacks everyone. I know Donald Trump. He is not mature enough to take criticism. He is like a child, & Sharon said during the event.
& # 39; But he has a special poison for blacks and people of color. He does not refer to any of his other opponents or critics as & # 39; infected & # 39 ;. He does not attack their districts. He attacks Nancy Pelosi. He attacks Chuck Schumer. He attacks other whites, but never said their districts or states are places where no one wants to live & he added.
Donald Trump fell Rev. Al Sharpton in an early morning storm
Sharpton responded to the early morning attack with his own tweet and shared a 2006 photo with him, Trump, Rev. Jesse Jackson and singer James Brown.
& # 39; Trump at NAN Convention 2006 tells James Brown and Jesse Jackson why he respects my work. Now another tune, & he wrote.
He later tweeted: & # 39; Trump says I'm a troublemaker & scammer. I make problems for bigots. If he really thought I was a scammer, he would want me in his closet. & # 39;
And Sharpton told MSNBC on Monday morning: & # 39; I intend to create problems every time racists and fools move in any form, including the president. & # 39;
The two men, both prominent New Yorkers, got to know each other in the 1980s.
Sharpton has become increasingly critical of Trump in his presidency and struck Trump & # 39; s attacks on the & # 39; s team & # 39; – four minority legislators Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib – as & # 39; racist & # 39; close.
Al Sharpton said at a Baltimore press conference on Monday that Trump has a & # 39; special poison for blacks and people of color & # 39;
Sharpton and Trump were friends in the 1980s, but their friendship ended when Trump was the & # 39; heavier & # 39; controversy surrounding the then President Obama
In response to his claims that his comments were racist, Trump tweeted that he simply & # 39; clearly stated what most people already know & # 39;
He said that Cummings should focus on & # 39; solving the mess & # 39; in Baltimore instead of investigating accusations in the House Oversight Committee or criticizing border conditions
Trump first launched his Twitter attack on Cummings on Saturday after the chairman of the monitoring committee criticized the southern border conditions.
The indignant president defended the border detention centers as & # 39; clean, efficient and well led, just very busy & # 39 ;, and then claimed that the facilities are superior to Cummings' own district in Maryland.
& # 39; Cumming District is a disgusting mess affected by rats and rodents. If he spent more time in Baltimore, he might be able to help clean up this very dangerous and dirty place, & tweet Trump on Saturday.
& # 39; Why is so much money being sent to the Elia Cummings district if it is considered the worst and most dangerous place in the United States, & # 39; Trump wondered in another tweet. & # 39; No one would want to live there. Where does all that money go? How much has been stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately! & # 39;
Critics said that Trump did excavations for residents of Baltimore, who are more than 60 percent black and African-American, and suggest that they were not people.
Cummings last responded to Trump & # 39; s insults on Sunday and said: & # 39; President, I go to my district every day. Every morning I wake up and go fight for my neighbors. & # 39;
& # 39; It is my constitutional duty to supervise the executive. But that's it, & he said.
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