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How Barack Obama responded to Donald Trump’s racist attack against Rep. Elijah Cummings, Baltimore

On July 27, 2019, Donald Trump, 73, took to Twitter to attack Rep. Elijah Cummings, 68, and the district of Baltimore. The United States president called for an investigation to Maryland‘s 7th congressional district, which he described as the most dangerous district in the U.S.

Hours later, former U.S. president Barack Obama took to Twitter to promote a Washington Post article published on July 26, 2019. Condemning racism in American politics, it is an op-ed co-signed by more than 140 African Americans who served his administration.

The authors of the op-ed were Clarence J. Fluker, C. Kinder, Jesse Moore and Khalilah M. Harris. Obama’s friend and former senior advisor Valerie Jarrett was listed as a signatory.

“Witnessing racism surge in our country, both during and after Obama’s service and ours, has been a shattering reality, to say the least,” Fluker, Kinder, Moore and Harris wrote. “But it has also provided jet-fuel for our activism, especially in moments such as these.”

Also, the op-ed took aim at the recent racist comments by Trump. On July 14, 2019, the U.S. president took to Twitter to ask Democratic representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar to “go back” to their “broken and crime-infested countries.”


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