“Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed,” the president wrote. “Too bad!”
Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2019
Trump kicked off a feud with Cummings earlier in the week when he used Twitter to attack the lawmaker and his district. The president called Cummings’ Baltimore district a “disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess.”
“No human being would want to live there,” the president wrote at the time.
The break-in at Cummings’ Baltimore home happened in the early hours of Saturday before Trump launched his initial attacks on the congressman, local police told CBS Baltimore.
Cummings confirmed the burglary on Friday in a statement to Fox News, saying he was home at the time and scared away the intruder by shouting:
“An individual attempted to gain entry into my residence at approximately 3:40 AM on Saturday, July 27. I was notified of the intrusion by my security system, and I scared the intruder away by yelling before the person gained entry into the residential portion of the house.”
The harsh and seemingly mocking tone of the president’s response to the burglary drew strong criticism on Twitter.
“What decent adult mocks another person’s house being robbed?”
This…might be one of his most vile tweets. What decent adult mocks another person's house being robbed? Also this is on the heels of Trump inciting hate against Congressman Cummings. Democrats, impeach this man. Republicans, this is who you sacrificed everything for? https://t.co/CahW4qt9cs
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) August 2, 2019
“He exhibits so many of the worst traits that humans cave have,” wrote political scientist Brian Klass in a tweet bluntly assessing the president as “a terrible person.”
Trump is just a terrible person. He exhibits so many of the worst traits that humans can have. https://t.co/LI08TDEcf0
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) August 2, 2019
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) flipped the president’s tweet back at him, accusing him of stealing “The D.C. house of the American people.”
Really bad news! The D.C. house of the American people was stolen. By you and Vladimir Putin! https://t.co/QjGwd7CvcW
— Carolyn B. Maloney (@CarolynBMaloney) August 2, 2019
Even Trump’s former Ambassador to the United Nations called out the tweet. “This is so unnecessary,” Nikki Haley wrote.
This is so unnecessary. 🙄
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) August 2, 2019
President Trump didn’t mention Rep. Cummings at his Thursday evening rally in Cincinnati, but the president’s Friday tweet makes clear he’s still not done with his mostly one-sided feud with the Baltimore congressman.