Rep. Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksPelosi backers feel vindicated after tumultuous stretch Ocasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud New York Democrat on Ocasio-Cortez, other progressives: ‘Primaries go two ways’ MORE (D-N.Y.) hammered President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump’s greatest allies for a 2020 win: AOC and ‘The Squad’ Trump defends position on trade after threat of new China tariffs Man punched outside Trump rally: ‘If anything, it’ll increase’ my activism MORE’s tweet saying that a break-in at the Baltimore home of Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCummings releases statement on attempted break-in after Trump attacks New DC Catholic archbishop accuses Trump of ‘diminishing our national life’ over tweets about minority lawmakers Trump responds to reports of Cummings’s Baltimore home being robbed: ‘Too bad!’ MORE (D-Md.), one of the administration’s chief critics, was “really bad news” and “too bad!”
“Come on. This guy is a terrible, terrible human being. And he’s unfortunately president of the United States,” Meeks, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said on CNN Friday night.
“It’s clearly that he was doing a wise guy tweet about Elijah Cummings.”
“This guy is a terrible, terrible human being, and he’s unfortunately the President of the United States.” – Rep. Gregory Meeks says President Trump’s response to a break-in at Rep. Elijah Cummings’ home was clearly a “wise guy tweet” https://t.co/kFOoilVmRP pic.twitter.com/30tG1XmXbe
— CNN (@CNN) August 3, 2019
The Democrat weighed in after Trump on Friday insisted that he was not making a joke at Cummings’s expense with his tweet making note of the burglary, a remark that drew accusations that he was trying to embarrass the Maryland Democrat.
Trump’s tweet about the burglary came after a dozen tweets hammering Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, accusing him of being a “brutal bully” and saying his district, which includes parts of West Baltimore, was “rat and rodent infested” and a “very dangerous & filthy place” where “no human being would want to live.”
Cummings has spoken out against Trump repeatedly on various issues surrounding his administration, most recently likening his hardline immigration policies to “child abuse” and has pursued aggressive investigations into his administration.
“He was trying to perpetuate what he was saying previously…It’s clear what he’s doing, and unfortunately too many people are becoming desensitized because this is what he does,” Meeks said of Trump.
“This president talks about certain people, black and brown people in particular, in a certain way. I can give you some white communities that are poor and crime is infested in those areas. He would never, he has never spoke about communities in that way. He only directs that type of language to certain people who happen to be black and brown.”
Trump’s broadsides against Baltimore echo similar remarks he made before his inauguration about civil rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn LewisGeorge Wallace’s daughter: ‘I saw Daddy a lot’ during 2016 election Ben Carson compares Baltimore’s problems to having cancer Trump renews attacks on Cummings: ‘He should investigate himself’ MORE’ (D-Ga.) Atlanta-area district, which he called “crime infested,” leading many to suggest the president has a certain view of districts represented by minority lawmakers.
He also sparked bipartisan criticism last month when he said four progressive congresswomen of color should go back to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Three of the four women were born in the U.S. and all are citizens.