The Baltimore Sun called President Trump a “rat” after he dared to point out the horrid, vile infestation the city’s residents deal with on a daily basis.
But, the liberal paper conveniently forgot about the many articles they’ve published highlighting the terrible problem.
The Daily Caller reported:
The Baltimore Sun editorial board published an op-ed Saturday calling President Donald Trump a “rat” and condemned him for “attacking African-American members of Congress.”
The Sun’s editorial board published an opinion piece titled “Better to have a few rats than to be one.”
The article comes after Trump tweeted about Baltimore’s rodent problem Saturday morning and called out Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings’ district specifically, for being a “disgusting, rat & rodent-infested mess.”
“It’s not hard to see what’s going on here,” the op-ed reads. “[Cummings] has been a thorn in this president’s side, and Mr. Trump sees attacking African American members of Congress as good politics, as it both warms the cockles of the white supremacists who love him and causes so many of the thoughtful people who don’t to scream.”
[What hate, what disgusting lies!]
It goes on to condemn the president for bad-mouthing Baltimore, making the point that he often brags about clean and well-run detention centers that “are not — unless you are fine with all the overcrowding, squalor, cages and deprivation.”
[That ‘opinion’ is completely false.]
Baltimore has the ninth worst rat problem in the United States, according to Orkin, a company that provides residential and commercial pest control services. It falls just behind Chicago; Los Angeles; New York City; Washington, D.C.;San Francisco; Detroit; Philadelphia; and Cleveland.
The Sun itself has published articles detailing the city’s rat problem. One such article, titled “A year later, did extermination campaign solve rat problem at Baltimore’s public housing complexes?” quotes one resident saying, “‘We have very bad problems. … They reduced nothing.’”
“‘Mice in the homes, rats outside,’” another said.
Trump tweeted Saturday, “Rep[.] Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous.”
“His district is considered the Worst in the USA as proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming[‘s] District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” the tweet continued.
….As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
Cummings responded soon after, writing on Twitter, “Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.”
Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors.
It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.
— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) July 27, 2019
However, the infestation is so extensive and terrible that it provoked a documentary two years ago:
The Daily Caller added:
But according to earlier reports from The Baltimore Sun, that rat problem is actually quite a bit more extensive than the editorial board implied.
In April, the @baltimoresun was concerned about the trash in the city.
Only 3 months later, they are accepting of a rat infestation.
— Amy Kremer (@AmyKremer) July 28, 2019
In April of this year, the same editorial board published another op-ed titled “Baltimore’s perpetual trash problem.” Among other issues, the article detailed some of the problems that stemmed from ubiquitous piles of trash — increased rodent infestations among them.
Yet, here we are again in a mess of a city. Food containers, balled up clothes, paper, banana peels, plastic bags and tons of other pieces of litter line the shoulders of roads, pile up in alleys and are strewn across fields and yards. Not only is it unsightly and contributes to a rodent problem, but it can create a glum and gloomy feel in a time when the city is already facing self-esteem issues because of high crime and the scandal surrounding the University Maryland Medical System and Mayor Catherine Pugh, who’s now on an indefinite leave, and her Healthy Holly books.
In September 2018, another Baltimore Sun article quoted then-Mayor Catherine Pugh as saying that the problem was so extensive that “you can smell the rats.”
Baltimore has a rat problem. Even its mayor admits it. Why is Trump called a racist for bringing it up? pic.twitter.com/wDJ6rCr2V4
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 28, 2019
In July 2018, video of Baltimore’s Northeast Market showed rats inside — within a week of a similar problem being exposed at Lexington Market — forcing the market to close down.
A 2018 assessment from Orkin, the pest control company, listed Baltimore as the 9th “rattiest” city in the United States.
The problem was so far-reaching that “Rat Film,” a documentary based on Baltimore’s constant battle with the prolific rodents, premiered at a local film festival in 2017 and aired on public television in 2018. The Baltimore Sun covered the PBS premiere.
“Rat Film,” a documentary that takes the decades-long fight waged against Baltimore’s rat population and uses it as a lens through which to look at how the city has addressed myriad social issues over the decades, airs tonight on PBS.
When President Trump criticized Cummings and claimed that Baltimore was “rodent infested,” however, critics were quick to call his tweets offensive and even racist, arguing that he only used the term “infested” when he was speaking of “black and brown people.”