The pest control industry giant, Orkin, issued a report that made a colossal splash this week by citing the most rat-infested cities across America, and the Tweeter-in-Chief made hay while the sun shone on the Hill. In a series of tweets responding to Rep Elijah Cummings (D-MD) condemning border detention facilities, president Trump called the Congressman out on his own failed district, deriding it as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”
And just like that, Democrats came to the defense of rodents and rats in Maryland’s most storied and historic city, calling the tweet … wait for it … racist.
Cummings has served his constituents in the state’ seventh congressional district since 1996. The district includes half the city of Baltimore and Baltimore and Howard Counties. The majority of residents are black and the median income is $60,929. Some saw it as a prime environment to play the overused race card, so they whipped it out with precision within minutes of the now infamous tweet.
Heck, not that long ago, Cummings, when begging for federal assistance in 1999, referred to his home as “a drug infested area” fraught with folks “walking around like zombies!”
Maybe the drug addicts in 1999 were white people and dismissing them as the undead was okay in the crab cake capital of the world.
No One Fools a Midwesterner
Social media lit up over the back and forth between Cummings, the Democrats, lame stream media, and Trump. The good people of rural America, from the Great Plains to the Ohio Basin and from the rust belt to the Bible belt, had their say. And Cummings was on the losing end.
From the quiet beauty of Chillicothe, IL, Todd Giardina shared his first-hand experience:
“Twenty years ago the rat-infested, drug addled community of Baltimore was a reality and Elijah Cummings knew it and saw it. He complained about it. Now he bristles at the idea that it hasn’t changed 20 years later! He has been a Congressman for over 20 years and he gets mad because President Trump called him out for not helping solve the problem …”
And so did Terry Piontkowski of Milwaukee, WI:
“I was in Baltimore a year ago for a convention. We were sitting outside at a cafe right across the street from the convention center. We look to our left and there were two huge rats climbing over a sandhill. It freaked us all out, and we were glad to get out of the city the convention was done.”
In the wake of the now notorious tweet, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson stepped up to defend the president’s observations. In what could only be considered a magnanimous offer, Carson told Fox News “I don’t think Elijah Cummings is a bad person. I think he actually is working hard to try to help people.” He then invited him to tour the area with him. Cummings declined. What a surprise.
But the media was on the prowl like a duck on a June bug, crawling the neighborhoods in Cummings’ district to live report on the evening news. And that’s where local FOX45 Baltimore reporter Maxine Streicher became an instant internet sensation. As Streicher, with heavy heart, reported that she “spoke with a lot of people today who call Sandtown home and are deeply offended by the president’s comments,” a big fat rat scurried out from behind a pile of garbage and through her live shot.
From Missouri, Neal Wright informed the cyber world about the reality of the situation. “Last year PBS featured a documentary concerning the Rats and dead animals in Baltimore. The previous mayor was featured on the news visiting an area of Baltimore. She clearly said she could smell the stench of vermin and dead animals.”
And Michael Brown added, “’Some things you just can’t make up, that’s why you have us’ should be the motto of the democratic party.”
But in Pennsylvania, Heidi Santa Cruz wondered if she’d get in trouble for commenting. “Can I say the word RODENT? Or will Cummings get very upset?”
And Then People Looked Around and Noticed…
The Orkin report listed Baltimore as the ninth worst rodent and rat-infested city, and that got folks thinking about the eight cities ranked ahead. They all are under Democrat control. The top 10 rattiest cities are … drum roll please:
- Los Angeles
- New York
- Washington, DC
- San Francisco
Things that make you scratch your head, and mumble “hmm.” From the Buckeye State, Joe Zdesar opined “Cummings is disgusting, and it’s appalling that his district is in such sad shape, and tons of dollars have been funneled in their direction. I would say someone has stolen a lot of money. Every crappy area is run by a democrat and has been for many years. See the problem yet?”
And our good friend from Old Milwaukee, Piontkowski, reminded us of the problem with apathy and power in the Democrat-controlled crab capital: “I’m sure Mr. Cummings doesn’t read any of these posts on Facebook, but perhaps he should, and then he might realize how disliked he really is and how he should resign from office.”