Democratic lawmakers are condemning 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's attacks against House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman 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.), calling his Saturday morning remarks "racist" and beneath the office of the presidency.
Trump accused the longtime congressman of being a “brutal bully” and sought to cast Cummings's district — which includes part of Baltimore — as “dangerous” and “disgusting,” claiming that the Maryland city was "corrupt" and that "no human being would want to live there."
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-Calif.) denounced Trump's "racist attacks" against Cummings, praising the representative as a "champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic justice."
“This is love of country??” Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkBaltimore-born CNN host delivers emotional defense of city after Trump attacks Democrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' Democrats see window closing for impeachment MORE (D-Mass.), the vice chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus, tweeted. “These are not the words of a patriot.”
“.@RepCummings is a remarkable human w/clear, moral authority & deep commitment to justice. He’s also a phenomenal Chairman, bringing essential oversight to lawless Administration. Trump shows again he simply cannot match the Elijah’s dignity & grace,” tweeted Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDemocrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' Four House Judiciary members say they will 'move forward' with impeachment Kamala Harris's DONE Act is the right alternative to ICE detention MORE, the co-chairwoman of the House Progressive Caucus.
"Baltimore is a part of the country you’re responsible for, Mr. President. And its residents are human beings," Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonDemocrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' House Democrat offers bill to let students with pot conviction retain federal aid The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 Democrats step up attacks ahead of Detroit debate MORE (Mass.) tweeted.
Critics took aim at Trump's condemnation of Baltimore, saying the president's remarks were an attempt to divide the American people.
“Donald Trump hits new low with his slashing attack on @RepCummings & the people of Baltimore. Cummings is devoted to the common good, Trump to self-enrichment and glorification. ‘No human being would want to live there’ is a better description of his deranged mind,” Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinDemocrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' House Democrat: Trump administration sending 'mixed signals' on family separations tied to HIV status Democrats see window closing for impeachment MORE (D-Md.) tweeted.
“Republican leaders are cool with trump’s bile bc they’ve decided that reaching every American is too hard. They’d rather divide and conquer our population. Trump’s racism is carrying out that division so they can keep power,” added Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellDemocrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot' Two Democrats vow to press forward on Trump impeachment Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment MORE (D-N.J.).
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump is on the path to reelection Bronx golf course operated by Trump Org in the red by over 0,000 last year: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Farm Credit — Pelosi, Ocasio-Cortez meet to heal Democratic rift MORE (N.Y.), who sits on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, praised Cummings as a "legendary coach" for the panel. The freshman representative described making her case to join the House committee before Cummings, writing that he was "tough" and "demanded excellence."
"If you look at Oversight, it includes many all-stars of Congress. From @RepRaskin to @RoKhanna, Cummings is a legendary coach who brings the best out of everyone. He makes the country better. You want to be on his team," she tweeted.
Democrats in the upper chamber also hit Trump over his broadsides against Cummings and Baltimore.
"Elijah Cummings grew up facing racist bullies like Trump and learned to confront them with qualities unknown to Trump: courage and integrity. The great people of Baltimore have something Trump craves but will never have as he degrades the Office of the President: dignity," Maryland Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenOvernight Energy: USDA expected to lose two-thirds of research staff in move west | EPA hails Trump's work on reducing air pollution | Agency eyes reducing inspections of nuclear reactors USDA expected to lose two-thirds of research staff in move to Kansas City Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens MORE tweeted.
"I am proud our campaign headquarters is in Rep. Elijah Cummings' district. Baltimore has become home to my team and it's disgraceful the president has chosen to start his morning disparaging this great American city," added Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBooker shaves supporters' heads in exchange for donating ,000 to Iowa charities Biden slips, maintains edge in Nevada primary: poll Young Turks founder: Sanders, Warren 'should not spend one second attacking each other' MORE (Calif.), a Democratic presidential hopeful.
Cummings’s district is 55 percent African American and 35 percent white. It is the second-most wealthy and educated among Maryland's majority-black districts.
Trump’s early morning attack came weeks after Cummings, an outspoken critic of Trump, called the treatment of migrant children at U.S.-run facilities on the southern border “government-sponsored child abuse.”
Cummings, who has repeatedly condemned the Trump administration's immigration policies and the federal government's treatment of immigrants at the border, went off on acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan last week over the conditions of U.S.-Mexico border facilities that house migrants.
The president's remarks early Saturday also came days after the House Oversight and Reform Committee authorized Cummings to subpoena records from the White House in connection with an investigation into aides’ use of personal email and text applications for official business.