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Elijah Cummings Responds To Trump, Then Nancy Pelosi Drops The Hammer

On Saturday, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) fired back at Donald Trump after the president bashed him as a “brutal bully” and cast his Baltimore district as “dangerous” and “disgusting.”

Trump’s attack on Cummings was in response to an impeachment inquiry from the House Judiciary Committee. The profoundly racist nature of Trump’s attack gave away why Trump chose to target Cummings.

The president slammed Elijah Cummings’ hometown of Baltimore, all but labeling it a hellhole, and making the Nazi-like declaration that “No human being would want to live there.” Even as Trump faced condemnation from pretty much everyone who isn’t a congressional Republican, Cummings decided to fire back at Trump in a fierce but dignified manner.

“Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors,” Cummings, the chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee, tweeted. “It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.”

Cummings went on to call on the White House to work with him on legislation to tackle the rising costs of prescription drugs, which he said Trump had told him he supported.

Following Cummings’ response, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) dropped the hammer on Trump by praising Cummings’s chairmanship of the Oversight and Reform Committee and panning Trump’s remarks as racist.

“.@RepCummings is a champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague. We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership. #ElijahCummingsIsAPatriot,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tweeted.

Trump’s remarks come days after the Oversight and Reform Committee authorized subpoenas for records from the White House regarding aides’ use of personal email and text applications for official business.

Read Elijah Cummings’ and Nancy Pelosi’s response below.

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