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Reporter’s Notebook: Trump, Cummings, Pelosi and a Battle of Baltimore

  • August 03, 2019

President Trump's comments about vital conditions in Rep. Cummings’ Baltimore district labeled as 'racist'Video

President Trump’s comments about vital conditions in Rep. Cummings’ Baltimore district labeled as ‘racist’

The ‘Outnumbered’ quarrel weighs in on what can be finished to repair vital conditions in Baltimore, Maryland and how both sides of a aisle can work together.

We know what President Trump thinks of Baltimore and a Congressman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

Heretofore, Trump has refrained from severe mythological Baltimore total like Babe Ruth, Tom Clancy and Edgar Allan Poe.

The Bambino and Clancy were innate in Baltimore. Poe lived, wrote and died in a Charm City. One can revisit a Poe House and Museum on North Amity Street in Baltimore or Poe’s grave during Westminster Hall and Burying Ground downtown. For three-quarters of a century, a figure dressed in a dim ditch cloak would climb into a cemetery after midnight on Poe’s birthday. The poser male would leave a half-consumed bottle of cognac and 3 roses during Poe’s gravesite. Onlookers would take adult positions behind gravestones to observe a murky ritual.

Poe was a master of a macabre. Poe accepted how precise language on a printed page could solidify a reader reclining in their reserve of an armchair during home, sipping a mark of tea.

We don’t need Poe to shock us these days. We have Twitter.

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Despite a president’s ridicule for Baltimore, he has nonetheless to take emanate with a city’s many distinguished daughter: Nancy D’Alesandro.

As in House Speaker Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi, D-Calif.

Pelosi has lived for decades in San Francisco, another American city with that a President has zero though contempt. But Pelosi is quintessential Baltimore.

Pelosi grew adult in a quarrel residence nearby a dilemma of Albemarle and Fawn Streets in Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood. Shortly after apropos a initial womanlike Speaker, Baltimore named a travel after Pelosi: Via Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi.

Pelosi’s father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., represented Baltimore for 4 terms in Congress and was a city’s mayor for 12 years. Pelosi’s brother, Tommy D’Alesandro III, also served a tenure as mayor of Baltimore. In fact, some charge a participation of Major League Baseball in Baltimore to Pelosi’s father. As mayor, a elder D’Alesandro pushed for construction of Memorial Stadium, a participation of that coaxed a St. Louis Browns to pierce easterly and turn a Baltimore Orioles commencement in 1954.

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Pelosi returned to Capitol Hill this week after heading a Congressional commission to Ghana and vocalization before that country’s parliament. Pelosi met quickly with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and prepped a recently authorized spending caps/debt roof package to send to Trump to sign. And for a initial time, Pelosi was asked to residence a president’s broadsides dismissed during her hometown.

The Speaker pronounced she had only been in Baltimore a few days before a outing to Ghana, describing a city as “a source of good pride.”

And afterwards Pelosi pulled no punches.


“To see a boss debase a good celebrity like Elijah Cummings shows his possess distrust and his possess miss of bargain about what swell unequivocally is,” said Pelosi. She combined that people “have to cruise a source” when it comes to Trump’s tongue-lashing of Baltimore.

And afterwards a Speaker dismissed this Sidewinder missile: “The President, this comes as no surprise, unequivocally doesn’t know what he’s articulate about. But maybe we could ask his son-in-law, who’s a slumlord there, if he wants to speak about rodent infestation.”

President Trump’s son-in-law is Jared Kushner, married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka. Kushner’s family owns let units in Baltimore County and have faced mixed formula violations.

The House of Representatives was in recess this week. However, a Senate remained in session. And once President Trump illuminated adult Cummings and Baltimore, everybody knew reporters would try to get lawmakers on a record about a latest outburst.

Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. took a position common for Republicans asked about Trump’s comportment: observant they were worried with such speak – though not undisguised rebuking it.

“[Trump] ran with this celebrity and these tactics,” pronounced Cramer. “We have a same President with a same characteristics as when he was a candidate.”

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Rural Kentucky might not humour from a same civic corrupt as Baltimore. But there are identical problems in a home state of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

“There are tools of your state that have poignant opioid problems. Meth. Lack of mercantile opportunity. Education problems, Menifee County. Bath County. Logan County. What if President Trump were to call out those counties, as he did with Baltimore?” this reporter asked McConnell.

McConnell replied that those regions “certainly do have challenges.” He suggested that they’ve done a small progress” with drugs, observant that overdose deaths forsaken “15 percent final year.”

But McConnell sidestepped a doubt about what would occur if Mr. Trump were to impugn some of those regions in Kentucky beset by identical hurdles to inner-city Baltimore.

That’s customarily what happens on Capitol Hill now: Democrats work themselves into a churn while Republicans softly reprimand a President or steep a doubt altogether.

We schooled Thursday that a criminal attempted to get into a skill owned by Elijah Cummings during 3:40 a.m. Jul 27. Fox is told a break-in occurred during a apportionment of a skill that is rented out by Cummings. In a statement, a lawmaker pronounced his “security system” alerted him to a malefactor and added: “I frightened a antagonist divided by yelling.”


Naturally, people began pinning a attempted break-in on a president’s tweets destined during Cummings. However, co-worker David Spunt remarkable that President Trump never sent any tweets about Cummings until 7:14 the same morning.

One source with believe of a review pronounced there was “no skullduggery.” In other words, a break-in had zero to do with Cummings’ newly towering profile.

On Friday morning, a boss seemed to revelry in a schadenfreude of Cummings’ misfortune.

“Really bad news,” tweeted Trump. “The Baltimore residence of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!”

To Trump, a attempted spoliation valid his point: Baltimore is riddled with crime and a break-in couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

“What a President pronounced about Baltimore is outrageous,” thundered Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. “Baltimore is a good society. Great people. Great neighborhoods. Great institutions like Johns Hopkins. The University of Maryland medical system. It is a home of Fort McHenry.”


Fort McHenry.

That’s where a Battle of Baltimore unfolded. Francis Scott Key isn’t a local Baltimore son; he hailed from nearby Frederick, Md. But Key penned “The Star-Spangled Banner” after examination a British torpedo ships in Baltimore Harbor.

President Trump waged a contemporary “Battle of Baltimore” with Cummings and a Charm City of late. But one of a nation’s many fast black wouldn’t exist but Baltimore.

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