American civil rights activist and Baptist minister Al Sharpton, 64, and Senator Bernie Sanders, 77, of Vermont are the most recent victims of the Twitter antics of United States president Donald Trump, 74. This was days after the president’s attack against Rep. Elijah Cummings, 68, and the district of Baltimore.
Prior to this, Sharpton took to Twitter to announce that he and former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele would address Trump’s controversial remarks. Steele is a former lieutenant governor of Maryland.
On July 27, 2019, Trump took to Twitter to attack Rep. Elijah Cummings, 68, and the district of Baltimore. The president described Maryland’s 7th congressional district as the most dangerous district in the U.S.
Trump also attacked Sanders and suggested that the latter should also be labeled as a racist. The president criticized the senator for, according to him, equating Baltimore to a third-world country.
In 2016, Sanders ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for president. He is running again in 2020.
Most of the victims of Trump’s recent tirade of Twitter are people of color. On July 14, 2019, he asked Democratic representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar to “go back” to their “broken and crime-infested countries.”
Defending Trump, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney explained that the president was only reacting in frustration to the unrelenting investigations of the Democrats and their talk of impeachment.
“I understand that everything that Donald Trump says is offensive to some people,” the Independent quoted Mulvaney as saying. “The president is pushing back against what he sees as wrong. It’s how he’s done it in the past and he’ll continue to do it in the future.”
A former congressman, Mulvaney pointed out that understood why some people could perceive Trump’s words as racist. The chief of staff explained that the president’s words were exaggerated for effect.
In an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” on July 28, 2019, Mulvaney insisted that Trump’s attacks had “absolutely zero to do with race.” The chief of staff claimed it was “right for the president to raise the issue” of poverty in Baltimore.
Meanwhile, here is a recent interview with Sanders:
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