Donald Trump Attacks Al Sharpton as ‘Con Man’ in Twitter Outburst

Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings

Over the weekend, Trump launched an attack on Elijah Cummings, the House Oversight Committee chairman, and Baltimore, Maryland, a city that falls within the district he represents in Congress.

President Donald Trump on Monday renewed his attacks on a prominent black USA lawmaker from Baltimore and slammed black civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton, further fueling racial tensions as he linked his attacks to his 2020 re-election bid.

President Trump doubled down on his attacks against congressmember and House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings Monday, saying he was to blame for Baltimore's crime rates and again lashing out over Cummings's questioning at his committee's hearing over the dire conditions for migrants at the US border.

The president has been attacking Cummings and Baltimore since early Saturday morning tweets in which he blamed Cummings for Baltimore being "infested" with rodents.

Sharpton told the New York Times that during his interactions with Trump he never heard any racist comments, but he "always sensed he was not comfortable being around [prominent people of color]".

"I'm the least racist person there is anywhere in the world", Trump said, "Al Sharpton - now he's a racist".

Approval among black Americans has hovered around 10 per cent over the course of Trump's presidency, according to Gallup polling, with eight per cent approving in June. The president was asked to comment on the poll's finding that only 11 percent of African-Americans agreed he is not a racist.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican who had considered challenging Mr Trump for the party's 2020 presidential nomination, blasted the President's tweets in an interview with WBAL radio, saying they were further fuelling division and political anger nationwide. He attacks who he will.

Trump also targeted Sharpton, who has defended Cummings and the congressman's district and was expected to address the issue at an event in Baltimore later on Monday.

Eric Trump doubled down on his father's attacks on Baltimore Monday night, claiming Democrats know Donald Trump's criticism of the city is accurate. "Those people are living in hell in Baltimore". He 'loved Trump!' He would ask me for favors often.

Rep. Karen Bass, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, accused Trump of exaggerating the economic gains that African-Americans have made since he took office. Not only the lowest unemployment in history for African Americans, not only opportunity zones for, really, the biggest beneficiary the inner city, and not only criminal justice reform. Calling me a troublemaker? That must have been a hell of a conference call to accommodate the entire African-American community as a whole getting on the phone with Trump.

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