Friday, October 18, 2019

We must fight for our democracy - Elijah Cummings

Trump mourned the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings in a deferential tweet that diverged greatly from the many racially charged insults he hurled at Cummings over the summer. Trump described Cummings as “racist” and “a brutal bully,” charging that he “has done a very poor job” representing his constituents and “has failed badly!” Trump also characterized Cummings’ predominantly black, Baltimore-based district as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being” would want to live. Mr Cummings replied directly to Trump on Twitter, saying, "Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbours. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents."

The president later accused Cummings and other Baltimore political leaders of stealing and mismanaging federal funds ... without any evidence, naturally.

Elijah Cummings was busy to the very end of his life leading an investigation into Donald Trump. The chairman of the House Oversight Committee was signing subpoenas from his hospital bed before passing away at the age of 68.