Nancy Pelosi Hammers ‘Insecure’ Trump Over Racist Attacks On Cummings, Calls Jared Kushner a ‘Slumlord’
On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) fiercely defended Rep. Elijah Cummings in the wake of President Trump’s attacks on the Maryland Democrat and the Baltimore-area district he represents.
Pelosi, who was born in Baltimore and whose father and brother were both mayors of the city, accused the president of projecting his own “insecurity” on Cummings. She also hammered Jared Kushner — Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, whose family operates a real estate empire — as a “slumlord.”
“To see the president demean a great leader like Elijah Cummings shows his own insecurity and his own lack of understanding about what progress really is,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol.
“You really have to consider the source,” she continued.
“The president without — and this comes as no surprise — really doesn’t know what he’s talking about. But maybe he could ask his son-in-law, who’s a slumlord,” Pelosi said.
The scorching remarks come several days after Trump lashed out at Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, with a series of tweets suggesting the 13-term Democrat is corrupt and his district unlivable. The region, Trump said, is “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”
“No human being would want to live there,” Trump tweeted over the weekend.
Since then, a number of reports have emerged noting that the company operated by Kushner’s family owns thousands of apartments and other properties in and around Baltimore. Some of them, the reports reveal, have their own problems with rodent infestations.
Cummings last month had presided over a hearing in which he drilled Trump’s Homeland Security secretary over the treatment of minors at the southern border. The Oversight chairman has also issued subpoenas for work-related text and email messages from Kushner and Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and Kushner’s wife, over private accounts. The president, reportedly, was furious with Cummings on both fronts.