Cummings Flooded With Support Amid Attacks From President Trump

Maryland leaders are defending Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) after President Donald Trump attacked his character and his congressional district in a series of tweets Saturday.

Trump called the Cummings’ Baltimore district, which includes half of the city of Baltimore and much of Baltimore and Howard counties, “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” on Twitter.

Cummings responded to Trump on Twitter.

Other Maryland leaders, including Baltimore Mayor Bernard Young tweeted, “Mr. Trump’s rhetoric is hurtful and dangerous to the people he’s sworn to represent.”

U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) also tweeted support for their colleague.

Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) — who was criticized for his slow response to Trump’s tweets — called the president’s comments “outrageous and inappropriate” during an interview with WBAL NewsRadio on Monday morning. Hogan said that angry and divisive politics are tearing the nation apart.

“Tweeting…is not really the solution. You can criticize me all you want,” said Hogan.

Hogan responded to critics by noting he’s one of the few Republican governors who’s been openly critical of the president.

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About Sara Chernikoff

Sara Chernikoff is a journalism and public policy student at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an intern for Montgomery Community Media. Contact her via twitter @scherni11 or by email schernikoff@mymcmedia.org

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