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Crying 'Racism' About Trump's Baltimore Tweets Won't Help

Crying 'Racism' About Trump's Baltimore Tweets Won't Help
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists while departing the White House August 1, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Another presidential tweet, another “racist” controversy. Does the latest criticism have any merit?

Mr. Trump described the Baltimore district of Democratic Congressman Elijah Cumming as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess…If the congressman spent more time in his district, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place…where no human being would want to live.”

Two questions: 1) Is it true? and 2) Because the congressman is black, and represents a minority-dominated district, is it “racist?”

Here are some facts (as cited by Buzzfeed News):

— According to the Department of Public Health, there are 22,000 intravenous drug users in the city, or about 470 per square mile. Most are using heroin and prescription opioids, but the use of methamphetamines is on the rise.

— Complaints related to drug use have skyrocketed. Between 2009 and 2017, the number of reports of needles and other medical waste on the streets grew from 290 to 6,363 (an increase of 2,194 percent), according to the city’s database of non-emergency calls.

— Complaints about human waste on the streets have spiked, from 5,771 in 2009, to 20,960 in 2017, a jump of 363 percent.

— And complaints about encampments of homeless people have risen from 586 in 2009 to 42,208 in 2017, a surge of almost 7,200 percent.

The city has significant rat and rodent populations. So is it reasonable to conclude that it is dangerous and filthy? The answer is a resounding “yes.”

So that settles that. The president’s tweets, while inflammatory, are accurate.

Which brings up the question of racism.

Critics claim that because both Mr. Cummings and many of his constituents are black, the president’s statements can only be construed as “racist.”


But under that rationale, the president must also be “racist” against both whites and Asians.

Why? Because the city described above isn’t Baltimore, but San Francisco, home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Since her district is 44 percent white, 33 percent Asian, and only 6 percent black, and since the president criticized her district in a related tweet, Leftists, following their “logic,” must therefore also label him “racist” for that attack.

But they didn’t. Instead, they chose silence, demonstrating their hypocrisy by selectively choosing that which “offends” them.

Mr. Trump’s attacks are not racist. Yet the more that “everything-is-racism” remains the battle cry of the Left, the more likely that Donald Trump wins reelection. How ironic that the Left’s tactics could be the decisive factor in cementing a second term for the president.

And where is the outrage regarding Bernie Sanders’ take on Baltimore from just a few years ago? During a tour, Sanders stated, “Anyone who took the walk that we took…would think that (they) were in a Third World country." 

True. But the silence from the Left is deafening, since Mr. Sanders’ comments, while perhaps “nicer” in tone, nonetheless reflect the same sentiment as that espoused by the president.

The Hollywood Left has also shown its inconsistency. David Simon, creator of the show “The Wire,” set in Baltimore, tweeted: “If this empty-suit, race-hating fraud had to actually visit West Baltimore for five minutes and meet any of the American citizens who endure there, he’d wet himself.”

Simon unwittingly proved both President Trump and Bernie Sanders correct, since he is stating that West Baltimore is a very dangerous place. Not the best way to argue a case.

Mr. Trump’s criticisms hit a nerve because they exposed the failed policies of Democrats, who, almost without exception, have ruled America’s big cities for decades.

It’s great that Baltimore’s “defenders” are out in force. But so what? Their rhetoric is meaningless because it ignores the death-spiral in which the city finds itself. And new Baltimore residents? Forget it.

Baltimore was once a manufacturing dynamo and America’s sixth-largest city, but its population has plummeted to a 100-year low. And it is ranked as one of America’s “least livable cities,” despite receiving $1.8 billion in federal stimulus money during the Obama Administration.

Some say we shouldn’t play the blame game. Wrong. If we are ever going to turn our cities around, we must look at the policies that led to deplorable conditions: monopolistic teachers’ unions; restrictive gun laws; anti-police administrations and district attorneys sympathetic to criminals; brutally high taxes and fees; onerous regulations; massive bureaucracy; corruption and cronyism; extortion; political correctness; sanctuary city proclamations; lack of Right-to-Work laws; filthy streets; condoned drug use; and the continuation of welfare over workfare.

Sadly, most city leaders are too arrogant (or blind) to see why their towns are in demise, so the odds of anything changing are nil.

For places like “Charm City,” it’s only a matter of time before we see the billboard: “Will the last person leaving Baltimore — please turn out the lights?”

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris FreindClick Here Now.

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