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Elijah Cummings Defends Himself Against Racism Charges…And Loses To Trump In the Process

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By now we are all pretty much familiar with Trump’s latest tweet-heard-round-the-world.

I have started so many columns with that sentence in the last three years I should really keep a running tally.

This tweet, of course is the Elijah Cummings/Baltimore mess. For days now we’ve been accusing Trump of being racist for talking poorly about someone who happens to be Black, and for talking poorly about a city that happens to have a very large Black population. The rules in 2019 are that if you’re White, any non-White person is unassailable regardless of their personal character or their personal responsibility.

That’s just another form of racism if you ask me, but I digress.

For the last forty years (at least) the media narrative on racism has been set in stone. If you’re not a Democrat, you’re a racist. If you’re not a progressive, you’re a racist. If you’re called a racist and you bring up your non-White friends as proof of your heart, you’re a racist. If you bring up Martin Luther King, Jr. and his “content of character” comments, you’re a racist. Most of all, if you must publicly utter the words “I am not a racist”…you’re totally a racist.

I’ve been doing this job for a decade now and Media Relations 101 is to never utter the accusations word-for-word out loud. What happens is that word just gets stuck to you, no matter what context you use it in. This is one of the shockingly attractive qualities of Donald Trump that got him elected. He rarely defends himself in the manner we’re used to seeing from a typical politician – contrite, apologetic, reassuring. Trump just flips the script on his opponents and hurls their own insults right back at them. He is no diplomat and he doesn’t seem to care to be.

So imagine my shock when I woke up to an open letter in the Baltimore Sun from a woman claiming she worked with Rep. Cummings in the past and proudly exclaiming, “Elijah Cummings Is No Racist”. And imagine my equal shock when Rep. Cummings himself retweeted the post, reiterating in his commentary “Elijah Cummings Is No Racist”.

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My jaw hit the floor. In all my years in this industry I cannot recall a time when a Black Democrat was cajoled into defending themself against such an accusation. Conservatives gave Obama his fair share of “You’re a racist bigot!” accusations but like most of the insults the Right hurled, he let it roll off his back. Protected by a sycophant media, Obama didn’t need to stoop to such levels. He was too smart for that, and his cool demeanor about it all only made the rest of us look batty.

The progressive Left in the media and political sphere have seized this Baltimore madness as a billy club. They are gleefully swinging it around, sure that this time they’ll connect. This time Trump has crossed the line. This time, he’s going down.

But that’s not what is happening.

Instead what has happened is that Trump’s refusal to play ball has turned the other side into the Washington Generals. Elijah Cummings – a man with an impeccable Civil Rights Era pedigree and a (too) long and notable career representing his district – has been reduced to publicly insisting he is not a racist.

My hand to God, I never in my wildest dreams thought Trump would be smart enough to flip the tables so hard on his political opponents.

To be quite honest, I have questioned for a while whether Trump’s media victories were more of an accident – in part due to the blinding rage the media exhibits on a daily basis, a rage that drains their professional bonafides and causes them to regularly make terrible mistakes – or whether he’s way smarter than people like me ever gave him credit for and he’s playing his opponents like a fiddle.

I’m beginning to think it’s the latter.

Elijah Cummings is not a racist. Neither is Donald Trump. They haven’t even always been enemies and I suspect a lot of Trump’s “bombastic” posturing when it comes to the likes of the Congressional Black Caucus is that up until the day he announced his plans to run for President, they considered him a “friend”. He’s been at tons of fundraisers and parties with CBC members over the years. He’s probably made a lot of donations to Cummings’ pet projects. I completely believe Trump when he says Al Sharpton apologized to him for how he was talking about Trump in public. We don’t have to reach back very far to see these men running in the same social circles. These are games. It is all a game. Trump knows it. Sharpton knows it. Cummings knows it too.

Elijah Cummings wants you to know that he’s not a racist – and that’s probably true.

But in the current form of this game…he is a loser.

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Overstock CEO Who Says FBI Encouraged His Relationship With Maria Butina Reveals Order To Reconnect With Her Came From Very High Up

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The strange tale of Overstock CEO and sometime FBI informant Patrick Byrne, who says the FBI gave him the “green light” to form a relationship with alleged Russian spy Maria Butina (we covered it here), now says that after he ended what became their sexual affair in March 2016 he was encouraged to rekindle their romance by someone “high enough” to make him agree in spite of  his better judgment.

Byrne, who ultimately decided that Butina was what she presented herself to be — “an inquisitive student in favor of better U.S.-Russian relations and not an agent of the Russian government or someone involved in espionage or illegal activities” — did initially worry when she first approached him in 2015 her Russian ties could be problematic so he informed the FBI.

He was, he says, encouraged to form a relationship with her, one that became sexual and that ended in March 2016. He then says he was “ordered” to rekindle that relationship.

By his account, the 57-year-old CEO, who said he holds a low-level security clearance, reported the contact with Butina, 30, to the U.S. government. The FBI then gave him a “green light” to get to know Butina. The two began a romantic relationship, which ended in March 2016. Four months later, he said, the FBI asked him to rekindle the relationship with Butina.

“The second period, I did it because I was instructed to rekindle it. However, I decided that was not the right thing to do,” Byrne said. “But I was told where the orders came from, and the orders came from high enough that I accepted the orders. I just want America to know that I didn’t lay a finger on her that second time.”

Byrne said this second phase with Butina lasted until March 2017, and that he was swept up in “political espionage,” meeting with the FBI to discuss her.

The rekindling would have happened right around the time the FBI says they were beginning to open their investigation into the Trump campaign and any Russian connections it may have had (although Republicans believe their probe began much earlier). Butina, who is serving 18 months for failing to register as a foreign agent since she was being supported by a Russian politician with ties to the Kremlin, was never questioned by Mueller’s team.

So the question is: was Maria Butina just a naive student and, if she was, why would the FBI want Byrne to rekindle his romance with her right (and around the time Crossfire Hurricane was heating up) to the extent he was ordered by someone high up in the chain of command?

Byrne seems to think there’s a connection between the Russia probe and his relationship with Butina, telling journalist Sara Carter, “make sure you are sitting down because [information about the Russia probe is] about to get worse.”

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Photos: Benny Johnson Visits Elijah Cummings’s District, Confirms Dire Situation in Residential Interviews

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An east Baltimore, MD neighborhood in the summer of 2018. Screen grab via Fox 45 – Baltimore.

There’s been a lot of talk over the last several days about President Trump’s criticisms of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7) and the disturbing conditions in parts of his district. As usual, Trump’s political opposition (including the liberal media) have called him a racist who would never characterize a majority white area of the country as “infested” (which isn’t true).

Some of those same people also dispute what Trump has said about Baltimore, even though numerous investigative reports have been done in the past by the local media, concerned community activists, and PBS about the serious rat, trash, poverty, and crime problems that have plagued certain parts of the city for years.

But the people we haven’t heard much from are the people on the ground in the affected areas. The mainstream media don’t appear to be interested, but fortunately Baltimore Republican Kimberly Klacik has posted numerous videos and images of interviews she’s done with residents who live in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhoods, making sure their voices are heard.

The same goes for TPUSA’s Benny Johnson, who recently visited the district to conduct interviews with local residents. Here’s what he saw and heard:

Here is the thread unrolled.

In the summer of 2018, Fox 45 – Baltimore did a report that featured then-Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) touring the rows of dilapidated homes, and complaining of the smell of rats and dead animals. “What the hell? We should just take all this sh*t down,” Pugh can be heard saying in one part of the video:

Baltimore’s current Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young (D) did not dispute conditions on the ground in his city on Monday, instead saying that Trump should stop “childishly” tweeting about the issue and send federal assistance instead.

Rep. Cummings has represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional district since 1996.

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Josh Hawley’s War Against Social Media Continues With Strange New Bill Banning “Addictive Features”

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Senator Josh Hawley has become the biggest thorn in the side of social media with a series of tough Senate hearings and pro-regulation bills aimed at curtailing their influence on the American public.

His strategy appears to be to use the full weight of government to regulate their influence into non-existence. His latest strategy? Effectively banning social media innovation by labeling several features as “addicting” in a sweeping new legislative ban.

Hawley’s Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology (SMART) Act would make it illegal for social media platforms to hook users by offering them more content than they requested in order to get them to continue on their respective platforms.

The bill takes aim at practices specifically employed by the country’s top social networking sites – YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

For example, it would ban YouTube’s “autoplay” feature, which loads up new videos for users automatically; Facebook and Twitter’s “infinite scroll,” which allows users to continue scrolling through their homepages without limit; and Snapchat’s “streaks,” which reward users for continuing to send photos to their friends.

More troubling than being so very pro-regulation is the fact that Hawley wants to empower the already overly-powerful executive branch through this bill.

Hawley’s legislation would empower the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys to take action against companies that did not remove “addictive” features within a few months.

It would also allow the FTC and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to jointly write new rules aimed at getting ahead of new “deceptive” tactics, anticipating that there will be new innovations in technology that the bill doesn’t cover.

Believe me when I say that I am concerned with the addictive qualities of social media. I work with teenagers every day, and their attention to SnapChat and Instagram, in particular, is worrisome. But what Hawley is doing here is effectively banning social media from attempting to innovate their products.

The same business models that push for featured to make you spend more time on their apps are the ones that lead to new foods, drinks, and other products. Sugar is addictive. Nicotine is addictive. Should we ban companies from developing new products with them inside because they will cause customers to crave them more?

Have we forgotten how well prohibition worked in the United States?

Let no one doubt that Hawley’s heart is in the right place. Social media is very much addicting and there needs to be a cultural conversation on the topic. But coming in waving Big Government around has never been a good solution, and it is definitely not a conservative solution. That is something that we would expect the nanny statists in the Democratic Party to do.

It’s not a good idea, and we need to stop and talk about this before we just start throwing around legislation on the matter.

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Fusion GPS Media Mouthpieces Take Aim At DNI Nominee John Ratcliffe

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Glenn R. Simpson, co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, arrives for a scheduled appearance before a closed House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Sunday, President Trump announced the long overdue departure of Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence and nominated former US Attorney and Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe to replace him. Replacing a creating of Washington, like Coats, with a conservative firebrand like Ratcliffe made a lot of people uneasy. In fact, as my colleague Bonchie noted, all the right people are sweating bullets.

One of the major players in the Russia hoax seems to be in a state of near panic. And by that I mean Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS is the company that was hired by the Clinton campaign, using a law firm as a cutout, and who in turn hired Christopher Steele to compose his dossier and then shopped that dossier around Washington. FusionGPS was involved in setting up the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting between senior Trump campaign officials and the “Russian lawyer,” Natalia Veselnitskaya. Veselnitskaya had actually worked for Fusion GPS and she met with Fusion PS chief Glenn Simpson both before and after the Trump Tower meeting. Simpson kept up his efforts to push the dossier even after Trump had been elected making it very clear that there was more at play here than a mere contract. Either this was a labor of love for Simpson or there was another paymaster lurking behind the scenes.

As has been documented here and elsewhere two reporters are closely associated with pushing Fusion GPS stories and story lines. Ken Delanian of NBC is so blatant that he’s often called “Fusion ken.” Natasha Bertrand of Politico’s stories, in addition to being a cornucopia of NeverTrump nutbaggery, also parallel what Fusion GPS seems to be pushing. So we’ve seen these stories emerge from those sources.

Why, you might ask, aren’t they saying the same thing? My guess is that Bertrand is pushing Ratcliffe as a “Russia hawk” as a way to diminish trust of him among Trump’s inner circle and put him in the same grouping as Coats. Delanian is pushing “he’s a Trump Tool” at Congress and advocacy groups. That one of the reporters closely associated with Fusion GPS is departing from the political conventional wisdom that is settling in about Ratcliffe seems more of an information operation than the reporting we’ve come to expect from her about anything concerning Trump.

Admittedly, they could be working on their own initiative but their relationship with Fusion GPS over the past three years has been both close and undeniable. Why would they suddenly bolt now when it is more important than ever that the role of Fusion GPS is pushing the Russia Hoax be buried deep because if it isn’t a lot of media reputations are going to go down in flames.

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Senior DCCC Staff Fired for Being Too White

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Someone make this news cycle stop. I need a break from the absurdity.

Last night, some information broke regarding the DCCC, which is the campaign committee that helps get Democrats elected to the House. By the end of the evening, all the top senior officials were out.

The top echelon of staffers at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee left their jobs Monday, a shakeup following a pair of POLITICO stories detailing deep unease with the party’s campaign apparatus over a lack of diversity.

On Monday morning, Allison Jaslow, DCCC executive director and a close ally of Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) — chair of the committee — resigned during a tense meeting at the party’s Capitol Hill headquarters. And in the next 10 hours, much of the senior staff was out: Jared Smith, the communications director and another Bustos ally; Melissa Miller, a top DCCC communications aide; Molly Ritner, political director; Nick Pancrazio, deputy executive director; and Van Ornelas, the DCCC’s director of diversity.

To be clear, none of these people actually left voluntarily. To the extent that they “resigned,” it was because of the pressure they were forced into it.

POLITICO reported last week that top lawmakers in the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus were furious with Bustos, saying she was short-changing minorities by excluding them from her senior staff and failing to live up to promises she made during her campaign for the chairmanship. Bustos surrounded herself with loyalists, eschewing the typical campaign hands that run major party apparatuses.

“Today, I recognize that, at times, I have fallen short in leading these talented individuals. To my colleagues, who I have the upmost respect for, I hear your concerns, and we can and must do better,” Bustos said.

After the meeting, the resignations began, no doubt at Bustos demand. She’s desperately flailing about, trying to preserve her own position and she was willing to push out her entire senior staff to do it.

The reason is simple. Her staff was too white. It didn’t reflect the “diversity” of the Democratic party. Why that matters when we are talking about a behind the scenes, number crunching campaign committee, I’m not sure. But this is the modern Democratic party. They are so woke that it was always just a matter of time before they started eating themselves.

I’m not sure what’s more pathetic here. That this is what the Democratic party has become or that none of these people are willing to stand up for themselves in the face of this inter-sectional nonsense. Bustos immediately folded and threw what were seemingly her friends under the bus to appease the mob.

If I were these senior staff members, I’d have made them fire me. No one should be forced to give up a job they are qualified for just to meet racial quotas.

How many stories in the mainstream media on the disarray within the Democratic party do you think we’ll see today in response to this? One? None? I’m gonna go with none. Republicans can disagree about what’s for lunch and it’s a “civil war,” but this won’t garner anything because protecting the left is the priority.

For the Democrats’ part, they deserve this. Feed the monster, but don’t be surprised when it eats you.

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Video: Ted Cruz Confronted at Airport by Screaming Immigration Protesters

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Poor Texas Senator Ted Cruz can’t seem to go anywhere without people finding him and screaming at him. He can’t even get off of a plane without being confronted in a terminal.

According to the Daily Caller, Cruz was at a terminal at LAX this weekend when a group of protesters from the organization “Voto Latino” surrounded him and made a show of making it seem like Cruz himself was locking up kids at the border.

Protesters can be heard shouting “family matters” (great show), “Americans will not be silenced,” and  “free the children,” at Cruz as if he, right then, would produce a key from his pocket that would unlock cages full of immigrant children.

Cruz stood silently but shook his head.

Voto Latino posted the video of themselves bravely confronting Cruz to Twitter where they used the same logic leftists used to justify confronting he and his wife while they attempted to eat a peaceful dinner and were forced out of a restaurant.

“Politicians like [Ted Cruz] that allow our people to be locked in cages don’t get to be comfortable in public. Those in positions of power must be held accountable for the treatment of children and families at the border,” tweeted Voto Latino.

Like every single one of these protests, you have to wonder where they and their perpetual outrage were during the Obama administration. Again, as has been discussed ad nauseum, this isn’t about the children, this is about political positioning and optics. If Cruz looks like a massive racist for the U.S. following established U.S. law that has been around for decades, then maybe that will translate into people leaving Trump’s camp.

Sure enough, when the children controversy first reared its head, Trump’s approval dipped. The left has been trying to bang that drum ever since.

The truth is that, while our immigration system does need an overhaul, separating children from their families at the border isn’t necessarily a bad practice. Children are often used as product or payment, and it’s in the interest of their safety that we separate them from their parent or guardian until we can check out that everything is on the up and up.

These protesters accomplished nothing but making themselves look like the bad guys by confronting a lone man who obviously knows more about what goes on at the border than they do and doesn’t easily cave to pressure.

What they did accomplish was getting the “Family Matters” theme song stuck in my head.

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“He Counts Judges”: Conan O’Brien Asks How Cocaine Mitch Sleeps at Night, Gets Brilliant Response

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As the self-appointed “Grim Reaper” of the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has made it crystal clear that one of his top priorities is getting President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees confirmed.

The Politico reported last week on how the longtime Kentucky Senator was keeping his promises:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday set up votes on lifetime appointments for 19 judicial nominees next week, setting up a busy pre-recess work session on a top GOP priority.

McConnell’s move means likely confirmation of 19 District Court judges; the GOP leader had focused on higher-level Circuit Court judges for the first 30 months of Donald Trump’s presidency, filling all but four vacancies on the appeals courts.

Now McConnell is beginning to work his way through the 111 District Court vacancies even as the House heads home for the summer this week.

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“Not bad for a week’s work and that’s what the Senate will accomplish before we adjourn for August,” McConnell said on the floor.

Naturally, this makes McConnell an enemy in Democratic circles, which might explain why late night TV talk show host Conan O’Brien took a swipe at McConnell’s looks on Monday, asking how the Majority Leader managed to sleep at night:

Twitter user “Vixen Rogue” had a brilliant response:

Even New York Times alums see McConnell’s laser-like focus on filling court vacancies and begrudgingly praise him:

‘Nuff said.

(Hat tip: Twitchy)

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Actually, Trump Was “On the Ground” During 9/11 Aftermath

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For some reason, President Donald Trump of New York — that part is important — saying that he was among the effort for cleanup after the terrorist attack that took place on 9/11 but adding that he’s not considering himself a “first responder” meant that he considers himself a first responder to the left.

The jury is still out on why, but I’m more and more convinced that Trump Derangement Syndrome is real by the day.

“I was down there also, but I’m not considering myself a first responder,” Trump said during the signing of the 9/11 first responders bill. “But I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you.”

CNN host Chris Cillizza wrote an entire article about Trump’s words, saying that Trump is associating himself — very closely — with the men and women who were the first to respond to planes being crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.”

He didn’t, because Trump said in that very speech that he wasn’t.

Cillizza also went over various quotes that Trump said down the line about those days after the wreckage.

“Everyone who helped clear the rubble — and I was there, and I watched, and I helped a little bit — but I want to tell you: Those people were amazing,” Trump said in a speech in Buffalo in 2016. “Clearing the rubble. Trying to find additional lives. You didn’t know what was going to come down on all of us — and they handled it.”

Once again, we see Trump using terms of “they” when describing the people who actually did the hard work of cleaning up New York and rescuing those who were in need. He notes that he was there watching and helped “a little bit,” but he doesn’t use the word “we,” it’s “they.”

The entirety of the purpose of Cillizza and the left who follow this same narrative is to give off the impression that Trump is lying about his involvement in the 9/11 aftermath.

“So why should we be surprised that he has a long track record of suggesting he was someone involved in the cleanup after the 9/11 attacks when it’s clear he wasn’t?” asks Cillizza.

Only Trump was. This video appeared on Twitter showing Trump not only there, but discussing the efforts he’s putting forth to help New York, the city he lives in, in the aftermath. He even expresses knowledge of what goes on for the workers and how dangerous it is, noting workers are being forced to run when a whistle blows out of fear of collapsing structures.

Again, he uses the terms “they” a lot. He doesn’t include himself among them as Cillizza is claiming Trump is trying to do.

Don’t you think that if Trump considered himself one of them he would have immediately done so? It’s odd that he’s continuing to use the same kind of distancing language for a guy trying to include himself among the first responders.

So let’s put this nonsense to bed. Trump was there, he was a part of the effort, though he’s not considering himself among those doing the dirty and dangerous work, nor among the first responders.

This is a non-issue being turned into a much bigger issue and is only one more nasty thing the left is trying to heap onto Trump in order to reduce his approval by 2020.

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As the Left Focuses on Faux Cries of Racism, Baltimore Blows By 2018 Murder Rate and Real People Are Suffering

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President Donald Trump speaks during a Made in America showcase event on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Let me show you the stupidity of modern politics. We’ll start with a recap.

Elijah Cummings makes a dishonest, disgusting rant against the acting DHS Secretary, accusing him of abusing children and not caring about humanity. Nothing he said was provably true and it was a slander the CBP didn’t deserve. Trump responded by pointing out, rightly, that Cummings own district is a dumpster fire of crime and poverty and that he shouldn’t be attacking CBP, who are doing the best they can.

To a normal, logical person, the response should be “you know, it is concerning that Baltimore has a murder rate higher than almost every 3rd world country on earth and perhaps we should focus on that.”

But nope, we don’t live in sane times. So instead we got crying on CNN and countless media hits about how Trump’s comments were racist, despite having no racial connotation whatsoever. Heck, we even got Democrats rushing to defend noted anti-Semite and race hustler Al Sharpton because nothing has to make sense anymore as long as you are opposing Trump.

What really happened here is that Trump broke the rules, as he’s apt to do. The rules say that Republicans simply aren’t allowed to point out the failures of Democrats in the major cities and if you do so, you will be labeled racist because the inner cities are mostly made up of minorities. Until Trump, most Republicans dutifully followed the script.

Trump is not most Republicans.

Meanwhile, as the left rages about tweets that were objectively not racist, real people continue to suffer and die in Baltimore, a city none of them were thinking twice about until it became a way to respond angrily at Donald Trump.

Here’s some eye popping stats for you.

Those numbers are high enough that if Baltimore were a country, it’d be the 4th most dangerous country on the planet. Baltimore leads every U.S. city in murder rate and it’s really not even close at this point. Even if you broaden it to just violent crime (including minor assaults, etc.), Baltimore still clocks in at #2, just behind Detroit.

But the high median income and college graduate rates!

Well yeah. Cummings’ district looks like a child threw up because it’s been so gerrymandered (for the record I’m not against gerrymandering and to the victor go the spoils). That means that he has western and northern suburbs that curve around and connect to his part of the city. In those suburbs are mostly rich white people who moved out of the city long ago because it is such a disaster.

Median income numbers do absolutely nothing to tell the story of poverty within west Baltimore, which is the area being referenced throughout this entire ordeal.

Baltimore is objectively in awful shape. The violent crime numbers are mind-glowingly bad. Residents live in fear and squalor that’s more fit for Afghanistan. Instead of actually addressing Trump’s comments though, we’ve gotten nonsensical #IamBaltimore hashtags and virtue signaling. Because that’s all our current political and media class are good for.

By next week, none of those same people will be thinking about Baltimore. They won’t help the people there. They won’t hold the officials helping to destroy the city accountable. As usual, this was all about politics and “orange man bad.” Better to cry racism for partisan gain than to actually help people who are literally dying in a ware zone in one of America’s oldest cities.

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