President Trump drew a stream of Democrat criticism on Saturday through a series of Twitter messages addressed to US Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., And the Baltimore district, which Cummings represents in Congress.
But just a few years ago, Senator Bernie Sanders – a candidate who aspired to the Democratic Party's 2020 campaign – shot his own pictures in Baltimore, a city in the northeast, facing violent crime, drug abuse, poverty and political corruption had to fight.
"Anyone who took the walk we've taken through this neighborhood would not believe you're in a rich nation," Sanders said in a visit to the West Baltimore neighborhood in December 201
TRUMP DOUBLES DOWN ON CUMMINGS CRITICISM AS DEMS, BALTIMORE OFFICIALS DEFENDING HERO & # 39; REP
The independent US Senator from Vermont also referred to Baltimore as "a community in which half of the people have no jobs."
"We are talking about a community where there are hundreds of buildings that are not habitable," he added, according to the Sun.
"It is a community in which hundreds of buildings are uninhabitable."
Sanders visited the Baltimore area, where a 25-year-old black man named Freddie Gray was arrested earlier this year for allegedly possessing an illegal knife. Gray went into a coma in police custody and died a few days later, causing a nationwide outcry against members of the city's police department.
All six police officers suspended in connection with the death were either released or acquitted.
IN GUNPOINT ROBBERY OF BALTIMORE DEPUTY POLICE COMMISSIONER, WIFE [In19659014] In 2016, Sanders published a Twitter message about Baltimore.
"Residents of the poorest districts of Baltimore have a shorter life span than people who live under dictatorship in North Korea," Sanders wrote. "That's a shame."
The grim portrait that Sanders painted at the time seems almost indistinguishable from what Trump introduced on Saturday when the president said the city had become a memorial to government failure.
Trump described Cumming's district as a "disgusting rat and rodent disorder".
"If he spent more time in Baltimore," the president added, "he might be able to help clean up this very dangerous and dirty place." 19659003] "Where's all the money going?" Trump later asked, referring to federal dollars that were sent to Baltimore over the years. "How much is stolen? Examine this corrupt mess immediately! "
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Prominent Democrats – including Baltimore-born speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi from California, whose father was a mayor from Baltimore and presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren – Cummings quickly defended and shot back at Trump.
Also on Saturday, Sanders seemed to give up his criticism of Baltimore and focus instead on defending Cummings and beating up the president.
"Here's what's really going on," Sanders wrote. "@RepCummings was busy uncovering the Trump administration's mistakes and exposing the greed of Trump's friends in the pharmaceutical industry, and our racist president does not like it."