Tripling his destructive indictment against Baltimore, President Trump accused the city of Maryland as "worse than Honduras" for violent crime and renewed his criticism of black Congressman Elijah E. Cummings on Tuesday night.
The comments came in an explosive interview with the Washington Post just hours after he rejected the allegations that his attacks on Cummings were racially motivated, he insisted that "everyone is now called a racist".
In his latest attack, Trump called Baltimore "the worst case" of violence within the city throughout the country and beyond.
"If you look at it statistically, it's just like the number of shootings, the number of crimes, the number of everything," Trump said. & # 39; This morning I heard a statistic, Baltimore is worse than Honduras, okay? & # 39;
Tripling his destructive indictment against Baltimore, President Trump accused the city of Maryland as "worse than Honduras" in terms of violent crime and renewed his criticism of House Oversight Committee district chairman Elijah E. Cummings on Tuesday night
The comparison between the city and the South American country has previously been made by conservative news sites and commentators, despite the statistical problems of comparing the rates of an entire country with those of a single city.
The total population of Baltimore is approximately 620,000, while more than nine million people live in Honduras.
In 2017 the number of murders in Baltimore was registered at 56 people per 100,000. Where, as in Honduras in 2018, the number of murders was 42.8 per 100,000.
The country saw a record of 85 per hundred thousand in 2011, according to the Washington Post.
Founder of the conservative youth organization Turning Point USA, Charlie Kirk, tweeted Monday about the statistics and noted that asylum seekers from Honduras remain safer at home than in democratic American cities.
Trump & # 39; s latest view of the city came just hours after he accused Cummings of representing a & # 39; corrupt & # 39; city and reporters outside the White House told that residents of Baltimore & # 39; lived in hell & # 39 ;.
The feud began between the couple on Saturday after the president tweeted that & # 39; no human would want to live & # 39; in the & # 39; disgusting, rats and rodents affected (city) & # 39 ;.
But without evidence on Tuesday, Trump blamed Cummings for what he described as fraudulent wasting of & # 39; billions and billions & # 39; dollars federal aid that was sent to rejuvenate Baltimore.
Trump & # 39; s latest view of the city came just hours after he accused Cummings of representing a & # 39; corrupt & # 39; city, and reporters outside the White House told that residents of Baltimore & # 39; lived in hell & # 39;
The comparison between the city and the South American country has previously been made by conservative news sites and commentators, despite the statistical problems of comparing the rates of an entire country with those of a single city
Trump insisted that the & # 39; wasted & # 39; and & # 39; stolen & # 39; The apparent sum of $ 15 billion could have been better spent building "20 brand new cities" elsewhere.
"I point to the huge corruption that has taken place in Baltimore and other Democratic-led cities," said the Republican president. "All you have to do is look at the former mayors in Baltimore to see what happened.
"The money spent, the billions and billions and billions of dollars … And as you know, Congressman Cummings, he was the leader, the one who tried to get a lot of this money. He is one of the reasons why the money was sent there … Baltimore is a mess and I want to help the people. & # 39;
The democratic mayor of the city, Bernard C. Jack Young, distanced the president's remarks far from the truth.
"We know that this president often does not trust the truth, so we are not going to answer nonsense with a response," Young & # 39; s spokesperson Lester Davis told the Baltimore Sun.. "It's just plainly false."
The White House has not yet commented on the President's comments, but it has cited a number of news items that emphasize the previous legal problems of former Democratic mayors Catherine Pugh and Sheila Dixon.
Pugh resigned in May after an investigation for selling self-published books to institutions with companies for the city.
The total population of Baltimore (left) is around 620,000, while more than nine million people live in Honduras (right). In 2017 the number of murders in Baltimore was registered at 56 people per 100,000. Where, as in Honduras in 2018, the number of murders was 42.8 per 100,000. The country saw a record of 85 per hundred thousand in 2011
Dixon resigned the following year in a plea for corruption investigation.
On Tuesday, President Cummings tried to associate with both Dixon and Scarlett.
"He saw that these mayors were thrown out, thrown out, thrown out, thrown out. They are all friends of him, & he said.
Trump blamed both for alleged improper spending on Cummings and suggested that he use the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which chairs Cummings, to investigate Baltimore.
"It has been wrong. It is lost. It has been stolen with a lot of corrupt government. And as you know, Cummings has been in charge, & said Trump. "Now I will say this: I think Representative Cummings should take his monitoring committee and oversee Baltimore. He would discover some real things. & # 39;
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.
Over the past five years, according to city budget documents, Baltimore has received a total of $ 903 million in federal grants for operational and capital expenditures.
In the same timeframe, according to USASpending.gov, the federal government provided the Housing Authority of Baltimore City with $ 1.1 billion.
According to the website of the federal government, the congressional district of Cummings has received just under $ 15.7 billion in subsidies, benefits and contracts from the federal government over the past two fiscal years.
The district includes parts of the city of Baltimore, as well as areas of the Baltimore and Howard counties.
But Federal Inspectors General have not signaled billions of dollars in fraud and waste.
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