The Baltimore Sun editorial board ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' 'Maximum Pressure' on Iran has failed — here's what should come next France urges Trump to 'not mix' digital taxes with tariffs on wine MORE as the "most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office" on Saturday in a scorching piece after Trump referred to Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDemocrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' Trump slams Cummings as a 'brutal bully,' claims Baltimore district 'far worse' than southern border Overnight Health Care: Oversight chair plans to call drug executives to testify on costs | Biden airs anti-'Medicare for All' video | House panel claims Juul deliberately targeted kids MORE' (D-Md.) 7th congressional district, which includes west Baltimore, as a "rat and rodent infested mess."
In a scathing column, the editors of one of the country's oldest newspapers wrote that Trump himself had more power to affect immediate change in Baltimore than Cummings does, who Trump also targeted for criticism Saturday, and urged him to use the power of the presidency to affect positive change.
"[W]e would above all remind Mr. Trump that the 7th District, Baltimore included, is part of the United States that he is supposedly governing," the Sun's editors wrote.
"The White House has far more power to affect change in this city, for good or ill, than any single member of Congress including Mr. Cummings. If there are problems here, rodents included, they are as much his responsibility as anyone’s, perhaps more because he holds the most powerful office in the land," they added.
The editors then went on to launch into a full-scale attack on Trump, likening him to "vermin."
"[W]e would tell the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinThe mysterious Mister Mifsud and why no one wants to discuss him 'Mitch McConnell is a Russian' trends after GOP senator blocks election security bills Washington Post columnist accuses McConnell of doing 'Putin's bidding' MORE and the guy who insisted there are 'good people' among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post," they wrote.
"Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity," they continued. "Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one."
Trump's attack on Cummings earlier Saturday came after similar attacks in previous weeks targeting other minority members of Congress including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBaltimore Sun editorial board lashes out at Trump: 'Better to have a few rats than to be one' Obama says he's 'proud of' former staffers who slammed Trump for 'poisoning of our democracy' in fiery op-ed Baltimore-born CNN host delivers emotional defense of city after Trump attacks MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna Pressley148 black Obama administration staffers pen op-ed in support of 'the Squad' Pelosi downplays divisions with Ocasio-Cortez after meeting Fox's Napolitano: Trump's 'go back' tweet 'a rejection of the nation as a melting pot' MORE (D-Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar148 black Obama administration staffers pen op-ed in support of 'the Squad' The truth about the BDS movement Trump is on the path to reelection MORE (D-Minn.), and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi Tlaib148 black Obama administration staffers pen op-ed in support of 'the Squad' The truth about the BDS movement Trump is on the path to reelection MORE (D-Mich.).
The House, led by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats dig in on probes post-Mueller Democrats see window closing for impeachment Trump is on the path to reelection MORE (D-N.Y.) largely condemned the president's remarks and voted mostly along party lines to label the remarks "racist."