President Trump’s aide Lynne Patton has defended Trump’s remarks about the conditions of Baltimore. Patton, a regional administrator with the Department of Housing and Urban Development has asked Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings and Mayor Bernard Young“ what happened to the $16 billion that President Trump gave in federal grants for improvements in 2018 to Cummings’s district,” during a Fox News interview. Patton has accused officials of pocketing the money instead of using it for the community which it was intended for.
President Trump has also continued to slam Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and on Twitter stated, “Baltimore’s numbers are the worst in the United States on Crime and the Economy.” President Trump continued about all the money that was given over the years with no improvements and said, ‘ask Elijah Cummings where it went. He should investigate himself with his Oversight Committee.”
On Twitter Cummings directly responded to Trump and stated, “each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors.” Cummings feels strongly about his district and believes it his “moral duty to fight for my constituents” and will continue to do so.
Trump has faced major backlash for his remarks about Baltimore being a “rodent-infested mess,” in which he has been called racist over. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has denounced Trump’s remarks on Cummings district in Baltimore and called it “racist attacks.” On Twitter Pelosi stated, “Cummings is a champion in the Congress,”. She continued saying Cummings was a “beloved leader in Baltimore and deeply valued colleague,” and that she rejects the attacks made against him.
According to TMP, Baltimore Mayor Bernard Young responded to President Trump’s remarks about Baltimore and wants him to “stop tweeting.” Young continued, “send federal help and resources to Baltimore and all the urban cities that are having problems with aging infrastructure, with the crime, and grime, and reduction in resources from the federal government.”
The editor’s of the Baltimore Sun also responded to the president’s comments about Baltimore and stated, “better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood.” The editors continued defending their city and the attacks on their representatives stating that “Trump sees attacking African American members of Congress as good politics,” and that it “warms the cockles of the white supremacists who love him.”
Congressman Elijah Cummings has been U.S. representative for Maryland’s 7th congressional district since 1996. He is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and served as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 2008, Cummings investigated the use of steroids in sports and introduced the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments in 2014. He has also supported the Smart Savings Act, and also introduced the All Circuit Review Extension Act.
Since the arguing between President Trump and Congressman Cummings began, Baltimore law enforcement has reported that 11 fires broke out in the city’s Edmondson Village neighborhood with hours of each other. According to Baltimore Fire spokesperson Blair Adams, there were six homes burned, one car set on fire and four garbage cans and no injuries. The fires are being investigated and it is believed that the fires were intentionally set.
Since the death of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015, violent crime has increased. In 2018 there were 309 homicides. The city is also not a stranger to the opioid crisis and is considered ground zero to the crisis. According to the Baltimore Sun in 2018, there were 2,385 drug-related deaths.
Baltimore became an independent city in 1729 and is the largest independent city in the United States. It is also the second-largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic. It is estimated the population of Baltimore as of 2018 is 611,648 people. In the Baltimore metropolitan area, 6.7 million people are living there.