This weekend, Donald Trump went off on another racist tirade. Out of the blue, he blasted Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, who is black, for representing “a disgusting rat infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.” The Baltimore district is a black-majority district.
It turns out the Cummings-chaired House Oversight Committee subpoenaed text and emails from personal accounts that include Ivanka and Jared Kushner’s accounts and could be embarrassing. Trump had seen a Fox and Friendssegment that highlighted a blighted section of Cummings’ district. That was enough of a mix for him to go off another racist twitter rant.
Trump’s attack on Cummings’ district is reminiscent of comments he made during the campaign. Back in 2016, he urged African-Americans to support him, saying, ““You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs. What have you got to lose?” Soon after he took office, Cummings told Trump that language was hurtful to African-Americans.
The question a lot of people are asking right now is: “Where is Mark Meadows?” A few months ago, when Meadows was accused of racism, Cummings came to his defense. Meadows has been silent in the wake of the latest twitter insults.
Meadows has been one of Trumps most loyal supporters though Trump has never shown any sense of loyalty outside of his immediate family. Cummings, on the other hand, stood with the Republican Meadows against attacks from progressives. Cummings has a sense of honor that Trump lacks.
The current episode will reveal a lot about Meadows’ character. If he stands by the man who defended him and calls out the president, he’s got some. If he sits silently, that’s all we need to know.
Thomas Mills is the founder and publisher of PoliticsNC.com. Before beginning PoliticsNC, Thomas spent twenty years as a political and public affairs consultant. Learn more >