Posted by Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
After POTUS Trump calls out Elijah Cummings, living conditions in his Baltimore district now under NEW scrutiny
Days after POTUS Donald Trump lashed out at Rep. Elijah Cummings for his treatment of acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenen during a recent hearing before his committee, accusing the long-serving congressman of neglecting his “rat-infested” Baltimore district, living conditions in the Democrat-run city are receiving new scrutiny.
Add this to things you can’t makeup.
A rat ran through a FOX45 Baltimore Reporter’s live shot during a story on President Trump’s tweet.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) July 30, 2019
“Baltimore has suffered like Detroit,” Trevor Loudon, a political activist, filmmaker, and author of the book “Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress,” told The Epoch Times.
He adds that Marxist/Democrat patronage system has slowly turned Baltimore into a failed city over the past five decades.
“Has suffered from a succession of Marxist leaders … a list of far-left leaders who have basically desolated their communities and then they have the gall to criticize a president who is trying to keep America as a first-world nation, not a third world nation,” Loudon continued.
He noted further that once upon a time, Baltimore was a thriving city filled with Jews and blacks who got along well. But large-scale riots in the 1960s drove many Jewish businessmen out of the city. And Left-wing policies including high tax rates have since driven out many other productive members of society.
“Employment collapsed, and the economy collapsed,” Loudon said. “And it’s been a welfare sinkhole ever since.”
POTUS Trump drew outrage — much of it manufactured — from Democrats over his criticism of Cummings and his district, claiming it was ‘racist,’ though the president never mentioned race and has also criticized white Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), and former Vice President Joe Biden in similar fashion.
….As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is 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
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
“There’s nothing racist about it,” Loudon said of the president’s criticism. “To point out an area as economically depressed and poorly served in Congress … that’s a criticism of the leadership, not the people.”
He notes that Democrats are going to use a well-worn Marxist tactic — isolating the president as a racist — in the lead-up to the 2020 election.
Loudon adds that’s all Democrats have left since they can’t run on policy issues and their record of ruining major cities such as Detroit, Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco, among others, is plain for everyone to see.
”It’s basically what happens when socialists take over a city,” Loudon told The Epoch Times. “They work with the local congressman, the place is flooded with welfare, the taxes are high, the crime is rampant so businesses are scared away from the area.
“You get a situation where government money is the main source of income. Businesses don’t dare to go there or don’t dare to employ many people, and you get a very heavily depressed area that then votes heavily Democrat.”
Baltimore, like other Democrat-run cities using the same Marxist patronage system, are never going to improve unless they adopt “pro-business policies, clamp down on crime, get people off welfare, [and] allow the churches to flourish,” Loudon noted.
As for the president’s description of Cummings’ district and much of Baltimore, he is spot-on. Even former mayors and local politicians have complained about the mess (they made). And in 2015, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who wants to be president, described parts of the city as a “third-world country.”
He wasn’t called racist.
Crazy Bernie Sanders recently equated the City of Baltimore to a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY! Based on that statement, I assume that Bernie must now be labeled a Racist, just as a Republican would if he used that term and standard! The fact is, Baltimore can be brought back, maybe……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2019
Some believe the president has adopted a strategy of focusing on poorly-run Democrat cities ahead of the 2020 election as a way of highlighting bad policies and contrasting them with Republican ideas. It’s unclear whether that strategy will have any effect, but it’s never been tried to this degree and with this much gusto, so time will tell.
This article originally appeared at The National Sentinel and was republished with permission.
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