David Simon, the creator of the HBO series set in Baltimore, "The Wire," on Saturday denounced President TrumpDonald John TrumpIlhan Omar defends Cummings after Trump attacks: He 'wants to distract with his racism' Donald Trump: 'The Great Divider' De Blasio: Democratic debates should address 'why did we lose and what do we do differently' MORE as an "empty-suited, race hating fraud" following his attacks on Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsIlhan Omar defends Cummings after Trump attacks: He 'wants to distract with his racism' Tlaib: Trump's 'hate agenda' seeping into policymaking GOP rep on Trump's Cummings tweets: 'I wouldn't be tweeting this way' MORE (D-Md.) and the Baltimore district he represents.
Simon added later that the "president is 'literally' a simplistic, racist moron."
"I am 'literally' the guy writing stuff about the last century of U.S. policy, about the drug war and mass incarceration, about Brown v. and white flight, about all of modern U.S. history to which your kind stays mute," he said in a tweet defending his criticism.
"The Wire" was a widely renowned HBO series that documented many issues facing the city of Baltimore, including drug abuse and police corruption. Simon served as the show's executive producer and head writer.
Simon's criticism of Trump came after the president referred to Cummings' district as "dangerous" and a "rodent infested mess."
“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. Cummings' 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.”
Several Democratic lawmakers, including Baltimore public officials, condemned Trump's remarks as racist. Cummings, the House Oversight and Reform committee chairman, responded to the attack by noting his role as a lawmaker.
“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.”
Cummings has vociferously criticized the president, and he has used his role as Oversight chair to continually conduct oversight of the Trump administration. Earlier this month, he said during a committee hearing that the administration's treatment of migrant children at the southern border was "government-sponsored child abuse.”