2020 Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren blasts Trump attacks on Baltimore and Cummings as 'racist' and 'disgusting' Nerves on display as Democrats face do-or-die moment in Detroit Buttigieg momentum slows after swift rise MORE 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's 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 district he represents as "racist" and "disgusting."
"Donald Trump, once again, is a racist who makes ever-more outrageous, racist remarks," the Massachusetts senator told reporters. "It is insulting, both to the congressman and to the people he represents."
"Elijah Cummings is one of my dearest friends. He is a good man through and through, and he fights for what is just in this country," she continued. "To be attacked by a president issuing racist tweets is beyond insulting, it is disgusting."
The comments from Warren came just hours after Trump derided Cummings as a "bully" while casting the Baltimore-area district he represents as "dangerous" and "filthy."
“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.”
The remarks prompted outrage from a chorus of Democratic lawmakers and Warren's fellow 2020 presidential candidates. Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, used the comments to remind Trump of 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," he said. "It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.”
Trump doubled down on his remarks late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, arguing that Cummings has done little for his constituents.