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July 31, 2019

Jenna Bush Hager Responds to Donald Trump's Rant about West Baltimore

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On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump went on a Twitter rant where he attacked Baltimore in an effort to berate its representative. A number of people have since condemned his hurtful words.

President Donald Trump, 73, started bad-mouthing the district of Baltimore because of Rep. Elijah Cummings. The congressman called Trump’s administration out on the state of the immigration centers at the Southern Border.

Cummings has also been quite vocal and critical of the president and oversees the House Oversight Committee as its chairman in the investigations of Trump’s administration.

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In response, the president spewed out degrading information about Baltimore and its residents. One of the people who have spoken up against the president was Jenna Bush Hager, 37, a former first daughter and Baltimore teacher.

She tweeted on the same day: “I taught in West Baltimore. I adore my kids, their parents, and grandparents.” The Today Show co-host added:

“They all want the same thing I want for my kids: the chance for their children to have safe, happy and productive lives.”

Bush Hager concluded with a plea: “Let’s think about the language we use, who it hurts.”

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The co-host included a clip featuring CNN’s Victor Blackwell who addressed the president’s tweets to Cummings. During the segment Blackwell, a Baltimore native, became emotional as he discussed Trump’s tirade.

Since Saturday, the president has been attacking Cummings district which includes Baltimore and parts of two Maryland counties.

Trump called his critic “a brutal bully” who was speaking up against border patrol when “his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous.” 

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The president further described the district as “the Worst in the USA.” He added that a Congressional tour found that the border center was “clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded.” 

“A disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.”

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However, FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver and others described the district as having “above-average college education rates and home prices … [and] is the 2nd-wealthiest majority-black district in the country.”

A number of people have responded to the president calling him racist for his rant.

In response, Trump stated that he wasn’t racist for “plainly” pointing out “what most people already know.” Other Republican’s have also condemned the president; including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.

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"Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents."

Mayor Bernard C. Jack Young from Baltimore stated that it was “unacceptable” for Trump “to denigrate a vibrant American City like Baltimore.”

He also condemned the president for “viciously” attacking Cummings who he called “a patriot and a hero.” 

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