Trump used his Twitter feed to attack Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Baltimore for two straight days, and he's still going.
Trump kicked off his summer vacation by tweeting an astonishing number of racist things — even by Trump standards — about Baltimore, Maryland. But the GOP doesn't care.
Trump told the nation that he would be working hard while spending time at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort. Instead, he spent much of Saturday and Sunday ranting about the West Baltimore congressional district of Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Democrat.
Trump is angry at Cummings because Cummings has been critical of the administration for the abysmal conditions of the migrant jails at the southern border. That led him to take an ugly turn and declare that Cummings' district was a "disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess" and a "very dangerous & filthy place."
And that was only the beginning. He went on to say the district was the "worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States" and that "[n]o human being would want to live there." For good measure, Trump also implied Cummings was corrupt. He also retweeted the British far-right extremist Katie Hopkins, who called Baltimore a "proper sh*thole." And on and on it went all day Saturday.
Plenty of people called out Trump for his nakedly racist rhetoric, but none of those people were visible members of the GOP. Instead, they defended his words.
Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, appearing on "Fox News Sunday," was asked about the tweets by Chris Wallace. Wallace pointed out that, far from being a "rodent-infested" mess, Cummings' district is "in the upper half nationally, and Columbia, Maryland, which is part of the Cummings' district, has been called the safest city in America." Mulvaney refused to address that, instead saying that Trump's tweets were "the president fighting back against what he saw as being illegitimate attacks about the border in the hearing this week."
When Wallace pressed further, calling Trump's tweets "racial stereotyping" and pointing out Trump's history of going after legislators of color, including the four members of "the squad" and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Mulvaney insisted it had "absolutely zero to do with race."
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) was no better in his appearance on "Meet the Press." Chuck Todd asked Scott if the fact that Trump spent a lot of time on Twitter "trying to racially divide the country" undermined GOP efforts in Florida. First, Scott took an incoherent tack, saying that "it's important that you talk to everybody" and that he talked to Chinese Americans and had a rally with Venezuelans. He also said Trump's tweets were justified because "Cummings sat there and attacked our Border Patrol agents, all right?" Todd asked if that justified a "racial resentment tweet" in response, and Scott pivoted to saying "I didn't do the tweets" and "I can't talk about why he did what he did."
Only William Hurd (R-TX), the lone African-American GOP member of the House, stepped forward to condemn Trump's tweets. However, he did so in the mildest of fashions, saying "I wouldn't be tweeting this way" and "I don't think [Baltimore is] going to invite [Trump] to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game anytime soon."
Meanwhile, Trump woke up Sunday and continued his racist tirade. He tweeted that Cummings "has had his chance to address it (crime & conditions in Baltimore) for decades, and he hasn't gotten it done." By the afternoon, Trump accused Democrats of playing the race card and declared, without explanation, that Cummings was the real racist.
Given that his own party won't ever hold him to account for his constant racism, there's no hope Trump will ever change his behavior.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.