WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump was talking hyperbolically when he lashed out at a distinguished African-American lawmaker by calling his district “disgusting, rat and rodent infested,” his performing chief of employees stated on Sunday, denying the feedback had been racist.
FILE PHOTO: Home Oversight and Reform Committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) (L) sits in the course of the committee listening to on contempt votes on whether or not to search out Lawyer Normal William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for withholding Census paperwork on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
Trump had attacked U.S. Consultant Elijah Cummings, a champion for civil rights, in a collection of tweets on Saturday, after the lawmaker had criticized situations at U.S. amenities housing migrants alongside the Mexican border.
“No human being would need to stay there,” Trump stated of Cumming’s Baltimore district.
White Home performing chief of employees Mick Mulvaney defended the feedback throughout appearances on two Sunday morning talks reveals, saying Cummings was flawed to criticize the work of U.S. immigration officers on the Mexican border.
“The president is attacking Mr. Cummings for saying issues that aren’t true concerning the border. It has completely zero to do with race,” Mulvaney advised Fox Information Sunday.
In an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Mulvaney stated he understood why the tweets might be perceived as racist however stated: “That doesn’t imply it’s racist.”
Requested whether or not he believed Trump’s feedback had been hyperbolic, Mulvaney stated: “I completely do.”
Cummings is the Democratic chairman of the Home of Representatives Oversight Committee, which voted 23-16 alongside celebration traces on Thursday to challenge subpoenas to White Home officers, together with Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner as a part of a probe into potential violations of presidency record-keeping legal guidelines.
Trump’s remarks echoed an identical assault he made in January 2017 in opposition to one other black lawmaker and icon of the civil rights motion, John Lewis. He additionally not too long ago advised 4 minority ladies lawmakers to “return and assist repair the completely damaged and crime infested locations from which they got here from.”
Trump stored up his assaults for the second straight day on Sunday earlier than leaving the White Home to play golf.
“Simply have a look, the information converse far louder than phrases,” Trump tweeted. “The Democrats all the time play the Race Card, when in truth they’ve finished so little for our Nation’s Nice African American individuals. Now, lowest unemployment in U.S. historical past, and solely getting higher. Elijah Cummings has failed badly.”
Democrats condemned the assaults.
“I completely suppose it’s necessary to name it out for what it’s, which is racism,” Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro advised “Face the Nation.”
“There’s a sample right here,” he added. “That’s how he thinks he gained in 2016 and that’s how he thinks he’s going to win in 2020.”
Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Enhancing by Tim Ahmann and Andrea Ricci