The Baltimore Sun, the largest general-circulation Marlyn-based daily newspaper joined the wave of Maryland residents and leaders condemning Donald Trump’s tweets calling the city a “rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human” would want to live.
The scathing attack drew responses all over the world. Sun expects it will break records in readership and subscriptions, highlights Baltimore’s strengths. It has accused Trump of deploying “the most emotional and bigoted of arguments” against a Democratic African American congressman from a majority-black district.
Sun editorial writer Peter Jensen told The Washington Post, “We regularly mock some of the things [Trump] does, but I think to call the president of the United States a rat or a vermin . . . that’s a new place to go.”
“But my gut instinct as I was writing the editorial was that that was the inescapable conclusion,” he added. The editorial links Trump’s criticism of Cummings and Maryland’s 7th District to a divisive political strategy.
Elijah Eugene Cummings condemned Trump’s border policies and the congressman’s leadership role in investigations into the administration as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, it noted.
“The congressman has been a thorn in this president’s side, and Mr. Trump sees attacking African American members of Congress as good politics, as it both warms the cockles of the white supremacists who love him and causes so many of the thoughtful people who don’t to scream,” the Sun’s editorial board wrote.
The editorial board “would tell the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir Putin and the guy who insisted there are ‘good people’ among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post,” the Sun said.
The editorial ends claiming it’s better to have “vermin” in your neighborhood “than to be one.”