'Outrageous And Inappropriate': Hogan On President Trump's Tweets Criticizing Baltimore, Rep. Cummings (Video)

By Staff Reporter
Posted on 07/29/19 | News Source: WBAL

Gov. Larry Hogan joined C4 on-air Monday morning to discuss President Donald Trump's tweetscriticizing Rep. Elijah Cummings and the district he oversees, including most of Baltimore City. 

Hogan stated that Trump's comments were "outrageous and inappropriate," adding that angry and divisive politics are tearing the nation apart. 

While discussing the comments, Hogan pointed out that just 14 hours prior to Trump's tweets, he gave a televised address on the fact that governors have found a way to move forward, but "Washington is just completely consumed with angry and divisive politics." 

"Why are we not focused on solving the problems and getting to work?" Hogan asked. "Instead of who's tweeting what [and] who's calling whom names."

Watch the interview:

Hogan pressed that many officials are working to fight violence with 500 additional police officers sent to Baltimore, around 2,000 arrests, stricter sentencing for repeat offenders, tearing down 4,000 buildings through Project C.O.R.E and investing $5 billion into the city. 

"We're doing a lot of things, but we sure could use some help from the White House and from the Congress," Hogan said. 

Trump tweeted Saturday that Cummings' district "is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess," adding that "if he [Cummings] spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous and filthy place."  

Cummings later responded, saying, "Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors," adding, "It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents."

Cummings is the U.S. representative for Maryland's 7th Congressional District, which encompasses just over half of Baltimore City as well as sections of Baltimore and Howard counties.

Cummings has been critical of the White House and the status of the Border Patrol facilities.

Despite open criticism for his tweets, Trump continued his attack on Cummings.

"Elijah Cummings spends all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through 'oversight,'" Trump said in a tweet. "He does NOTHING for his very poor, very dangerous and very badly run district!"

Since the initial tweets, many officials have spoken out in support of Cummings.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Cummings as a "champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague." 

"We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership," Pelosi tweeted.

Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young responded to Trump's tweet in a released statement, saying Trump is a "disappointment to the people of Baltimore, our country and to the world."

"It's completely unacceptable for the political leader of our country to denigrate a vibrant American City like Baltimore, and to viciously attack U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings a patriot and a hero," Young said.