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    Another Racist Tweet?

    So why is this racist?

    WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump hit out at a prominent African-American critic on Saturday, calling him a "brutal bully" who should concentrate on cleaning up his "disgusting, rat and rodent infested" Baltimore district rather than criticizing the work of U.S. immigration officers on the Mexican border.

    Trump's target in a series of early morning tweets was U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, who has called Trump a racist and sharply criticized his immigration policies.

    Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to Trump by calling Cummings a champion for civil rights and economic justice and added in a tweet: "We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership."

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    That perception is because the majority of the people in the district are black.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsGambit View Post
    That perception is because the majority of the people in the district are black.
    It was more of an attack on Cummings, and his lack of solving the problems in Baltimore while attacking U.S. immigration officers. Cummings deserved it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsGambit View Post
    That perception is because the majority of the people in the district are black.
    So complaining about the conditions in which they are forced to endure is now racist?

    I think a better case could be made that ignoring it and/or not caring is racist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    So complaining about the conditions in which they are forced to endure is now racist?

    I think a better case could be made that ignoring it and/or not caring is racist.
    I'm not endorsing any POV here; just answering the question posed as to the basis of the controversy
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    So complaining about the conditions in which they are forced to endure is now racist?

    I think a better case could be made that ignoring it and/or not caring is racist.
    Ignoring/not caring about what? His district is majority white collar, and 169th out of 435 in median income (just looked it up here: https://public.tableau.com/views/201...showVizHome=no ). There do not appear to be any pressing conditions that it would be racist to "ignore".
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsGambit View Post
    That perception is because the majority of the people in the district are black.
    For one thing, it's factually not all that accurate, which is no surprise for Trump. He was simply parrotting a Fox News segment he'd just seen. Cummings' district includes some very affluent African American neighborhoods. I think it's Trump's knee-jerk default assumption that a majority black urban district is going to be a rat-infested hell hole. And his proclivity for using the words infest and infestation only in connection with people of color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim B. View Post
    For one thing, it's factually not all that accurate, which is no surprise for Trump. He was simply parrotting a Fox News segment he'd just seen. Cummings' district includes some very affluent African American neighborhoods. I think it's Trump's knee-jerk default assumption that a majority black urban district is going to be a rat-infested hell hole. And his proclivity for using the words infest and infestation only in connection with people of color.
    And inhuman! "where no human beings would want to live."

    It's the knee-jerk default assumption on the part of the conservatives here on tweb as well, which is why they don't get it. But Trump has made similar comments about many american cities. I would suggest that if he hates this country so much, he should go back to his ancestral home, which I think would have been, according to him, some small town in Nazi Germany.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingsGambit View Post
    That perception is because the majority of the people in the district are black.
    Um, so why wasn't it racist when Bernie Sanders called out the same thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    Um, so why wasn't it racist when Bernie Sanders called out the same thing?
    What did Sanders have to say about MD-7?
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