What to make of the hysterical progressive reaction to Trump’s tweet about the shabby state of Baltimore?
The president’s morning diatribe ignited a storm of criticism, less than two weeks after the US House of Representatives condemned him for “racist” comments targeting a Somali-born lawmaker.
The top Democrat in Congress, Nancy Pelosi — whose father served as mayor of Baltimore — accused Trump of a “racist” attack.
“@RepCummings is a champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague,” Pelosi wrote on Twitter.
“We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership.”
The Democratic mayor of Baltimore Bernard “Jack” Young — who is black — rejected Trump’s rhetoric as “hurtful and dangerous.”
I think most of the progressive reaction to Trump has been fear that he will draw attention to the issue of incompetent liberal government.
Most Democrat controlled cities have the same kinds of problems – failing schools, a desperately poor and uneducated black population, crime and homicide rates comparable to places like Venezuela or Honduras, crippling taxes, crippling piles of debt, jobs fleeing the blue cities if not the states, and a fabulously wealthy and untouchable, unaccountable elite,. And of course, as President Trump pointed out, collapsing and decaying infrastructure as well as swarms of vermin and piles of trash.
Liberal policies formulated during the sixties, with Johnson’s Great Society programs as the basis, were supposed to solve these problems. As the societies they built collapse around them, rather than admit they made a mistakes and reverse course, liberal pundits and “thinkers” (I use that term very loosely) have insisted the problem is “hidden,” “institutional;” white racism – the idea that somehow, blacks are impoverished because whites are making them that way.
Needless to say, this theory is increasingly ludicrous that stops and thinks about these claims for even a minute. Many inner cities now have heavily integrated police forces and governments, and some governments may be majority black, yet the poverty, crime, and corruption grows even worse. The theory that white racism is somehow to blame has become a ludicrous conspiracy theory every bit as incredible as the idea that Bush personally ordered the 9/11 attacks.
However, in recent years, the governance has become so bad that it’s becoming a major embarrassment for liberals. The politics of some of these cities have become so corrupt that cities are literally drowning in filth and trash, with medieval diseases beginning to run rampant.
President Trump’s attacks on Elijah Cummings put him squarely in the middle of this discussion. Cummings is a very typical example of a Democrat who has done little other than vacuum up cash while doing nothing to help his impoverished district. Liberals had been admitting these issues were problems for some time, and even airing TV programs about it, but it was fine for them to do so as most people don’t pay much attention to what the media says anymore.
But Trump is different. He knows how to get attention and people listen to what he says. His Twitter following is enormous, and the media is unable to help itself and reports nearly everything he tweets. Most people in the country have likely heard about his comments on Baltimore by now.
Trump’s message is very simple. His message is: “These people have been in power for decades. They’ve ruined your cities and states. Why don’t you try something different and vote for me and support my policies?”
This is a threat the Democrats can’t ignore. If inner city blacks start to demand better policing, more jobs, and a change in how schools are run, and they start voting for Republicans then the Democrats are finished as a national party and they know it.
This is a great illustration of how huge the threat to the Democrats from Trump is:
.@kimKBaltimore interviews Baltimore resident Michelle:
Michelle on Trump's tweets: "What he said was definitely true. [Cummings] hasn't done anything for us"
Michelle on Cummings: "He's worried more about [caring for illegal aliens at the border] than his own people"
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 27, 2019
The strategy therefore has been to scream “RACIST” as loud as possible so their voters don’t start listening too much to Trump. Unfortunately, this has put them in the awkward position of trying to explain their support for rats, feces, and trash. This is why Trump is keeping up his attacks. The Democrats sound like idiots, and he knows it.