Democrats Use Trump's Tweets to Hide Neoliberal Policy Failures

Democrats Use Trump's Tweets to Hide Neoliberal Policy Failures

once again President Donald Trump has caused a figurative firestorm by lashing out at an african-american politician but he didn't stop there in a series of tweets attacking congressman Elijah Cummings he also singled out his district which includes Baltimore chomps missive was aimed at Cummings role as chairman of the House Oversight Committee in a series of critical hearings he held on the conditions at the US border but in the tweets he calls the city rat infested and says no one would want to live here and tells coming to fix it instead of criticizing his border policy it's an attack that prompted Swift reaction from our city leaders and outcry around the internet to help me discuss the tweet its implications and some of the deeper policy issues it touches upon I'm joined by someone who knows much about both the city and the politics which defined it professor Lawrence Brown of Morgan State University professor Brown thank you for joining me thank you so much but first we have a package by real news reporters Stephen Janis about both the tweet and the response from Baltimore City officials whatever Trump says usually doesn't matter but what you said about Baltimore always matters outrage in front of City Hall Saturday after the latest rounds of tweets from President Donald Trump targeted the district of Congressman Elijah Cummings which includes fall apart this week of tech attacking minorities I mean attack the Congress women he's attacked me lines of Cummings a missive aimed both him in the community he represents that sparked anger as far as what he said about Elijah commies I want to say congressman Elijah Cummings is a statesman that I have that I have respect for all due respect the tweet called the city rat-infested and claim that no one would want to live here but that was news to Baltimore Mayor Jack Young who called the tweets hurtful and an impromptu press conference outside City Hall we're not going to ignore anyone the gradient Baltimore City and is he's active yet know what council president Brandon Scott also said it proves that Trump is racist a longtime anyone that thanks to the president just became races over the last couple weeks hasn't been sleep for the last 30 years right the president was sleep one the comments that he made way back when about the Central Park five this guy hasn't changed at all I'm so tack on african-american politicians is the latest in a series of racially charged tweets that stoke division and indignation across the country the president took aim at Cummings after the powerful chair of the House Oversight Committee held hearings critical of conditions at the country's border and that code earlier tweets made by the president that singled out the so called squad a group of for women of color in Congress who the president told to go back to their respective countries even though three were born here for elected officials here the tweets were not just personal attacks but part of a purposeful narrative espoused by Trump to ignite a nativist and racial animus a strategy they say appeared aimed at dividing the country along racial lines for a political gain by singling out African Americans yet again but a narrative they vowed to fight to stand up for the city they say will not be sullied by president who seems determined to incite controversy at all costs well I think you have to defend the honor of something that you love and we know that we love Baltimore for lajas this is Stephen Janis and taya Graham reporting for the real news in Baltimore City Maryland so first I just want to get your reaction to the tweet when you saw it how did you feel how did you respond well the first thing I think we had to realize is this president Trump is a stone-cold wily white supremacist who put up a bust of Andrew Jackson a slave master and notorious for killing Native Americans in the White House when he assumed office he probably sleeps on bitch she's made out of Klan covers and has a pillowcase made out of Confederate flag and I think once we realized that we can put that to the side we know that that's who he is so he's a white supremacist and I think all Americans should know that but I think the other thing that's also clear to me is that many of our urban Democrats and hyper segregated cities across America there are practitioners of urban apartheid and I think that's the catch-22 of American politics for black people in America right now we have a white supremacist GOP and an apartheid practicing Democratic Party and we're caught in the middle and so to me there's room to criticize both of these entities for not doing what's good for Baltimore City and particularly what's good for people living in red lion black communities we had an uprising in on April 27 2015 West Baltimore East Baltimore sent a message loud and clear we need help our elected officials eight months later passed a six hundred and sixty million dollar tip for billionaire Kevin Plank and his company Under Armour and which also had about 760 million dollars more benefits and tax breaks for brownfield rehabilitation and Enterprise Zone tax credits so our local officials have allowed the conditions of urban apartheid to fester in Baltimore City and if we're gonna blame somebody there's blame for Trump because the last time I checked Baltimore is in the United States of America and he's the president of the United States of America so he can't distance himself from what's happening in Baltimore he's the president in Baltimore is an American city and then I also look at our elected officials who have not done what needs to be done to address urban apartheid here in Baltimore City now do you think the City Council in their response to Trump the mayor's response to Trump that it's just adding fuel to the fire and it's just part of trumps distraction policy well I mean Trump is a master of diversion and distraction if Trump says hey media what about that over there most amigos oh he's right what about this over here and forget what it is that they were focusing on in the first place what does Trump trying to distract us from he's trying to distract us from the border from the walls he's trying to build at the border from the border camps that are there with refugees and here's the thing Baltimore and the border both have walls Baltimore and the border both have camps you have a border camp for Refugees and you have redline black communities here that serve as camps and concentrate people in extreme poverty and destitution so I think Trump actually is doing us a service to help us realize that we have walls here in Baltimore that have to come Baltimore created it past the first residential racial zoning law in 1910 by Baltimore Mayor John Barry Mahal and then it was carried forward with three more ordinances under Baltimore Mayor James Preston and so Baltimore is very adept at building walls Baltimore is very adept at quarantine and putting poor low-income black people into camps and communities where they don't have resources and we have politicians today black and white that have not dismantled the apartheid that Baltimore led the nation in creating now we watch President Trump attack congressman Lewis we watched him tell for women of color to go back to their countries even this morning he attacked al Sharpton so do you think that these attacks are coordinated in some way do you think there's a reason that these attacks are all connected yeah they're all connected when before Trump got an office he attacked Mexico and then when he got into office he attacked Puerto Rico then he added Chicago then he talked about the for Congress women all of color now he's talking about Baltimore chocolate city so and they nice talking about Al Sharpton and Elijah Cummings there is a connection when President Trump tries to attack people really hard he goes after black folks people of color people who are marginalized people who are oppressed so that's what makes him a white supremacist and I think just be clear about that and we can move on to the next piece which is you know the way in which our local leaders you know are complicit in this project you know it sounds to me that you're saying that the Democratic Party on some level has failed our city and failed our state and I think one example of that is when a Democratic mayor martin O'Malley enacted zero tolerance policing in Baltimore City and at its height in 2006 and 2007 over a hundred thousand residents were arrested in a city of six hundred thirty thousand people and the majority of those people were African American so are you seeing like perhaps it's reasonable to critique the Democratic Party here because a lot of people are saying well Baltimore City has incredibly high violent crime rate right now we are dealing with we're dealing with what you're calling urban apartheid I mean are we do we need to criticize the Democratic Party now yeah I think we should absolutely criticize the Democratic Party I don't think is necessity to do so we have many Democratic mayor's in urban areas where a large percentage of African Americans live so whatever happens with Republicans Democrats share in that blame at the local level here in Baltimore you mentioned Martin O'Malley you know not only did he Institute a stop and frisk regime for the Baltimore Police Department he also passed East Baltimore Development Corporation a real estate venture for Johns Hopkins University to expand this footprint in East Baltimore over an 88 acres space uprooting and displacing over seven hundred and thirty african-american families which facilitates and perpetuates poverty and people not having social bonds social capital social connections their social network you know I know of a woman named Lucille Gorham who was in her late 70s and when she was displaced by Johns Hopkins had a heart attack they moved her out to biller Edison she had a hundred and fifty thousand dollar relocation package and they put her in a home that was worth a hundred and eighty four thousand dollars which meant that she had to take out yet another mortgage which she could not pay and then she needed to take out a reverse mortgage to fix the damage in the home and make it to accommodate her because she didn't have the resources to pay for that damage in the home so you know Johns Hopkins University we shoulda saw the University of Maryland Medical system and their complicity in participating and buying books from our mayor to curry favor to receive the tax breaks for that they received once they privatize themselves as a hospital in 1984 understand state senator Francis Frank Kelly Democrat Democrats so you know we just saw that our mayor's just leave office because of corruption because she was working with corporations who were buying things from her getting things from her so that they could get tax breaks and get the things that they wanted Baltimore is a city that has been failed by Republican presidents by Republican mayors and by Democratic local officials it has been failed in the black butterfly by all of these elected officials and that's why I say the blame there's enough blame for everybody you know Democrats seem very concerned on a national level about US border policy but I don't really hear them engaging as much with issues that affect the African American community like mass incarceration or disparities and policing why do you think African American issues aren't a part of the national conversation with the Democrats right now it's a great question again I think you know urban Democrats in particular fail their base urban Democrats in particular cater to corporations in these cities hyper segregated cities and there are eight category five hyper segregated cities in America according to Douglas Massey a sociologist at Princeton and we know these cities they're Baltimore Detroit Flint Chicago Birmingham st. Louis Chicago and Cleveland and these cities which have are pretty much all run by Democratic mayor's they often give tax breaks tax incentives Tiff's tax increment financing pilots payments in lieu of taxes all kinds of deals to corporations which means that the money that needs to be spent on health housing arts parks civil rights workforce development by those mayor's is not spent in the way that it should be to help people living in redlined black communities when you're catering to corporations you're not going to be making sure that you're doing justice racial justice restorative justice in redlined communities and so I think that's the trade-off that's the apartheid that's being practiced you have apartheid budgets apartheid policies apartheid communities and cities where is pervasive and black neighborhoods simply don't matter to urban Democrats and I think that's the heart of the matter that whether Trump said this or not I was still going to be concerned about although I think there's room to be concerned about again what's happening in both Baltimore and the border their walls built in both places in Democrats under Nancy Pelosi Chuck Schumer they're able to see to some degree okay Trump is building walls on the border but they're not focused on the walls that have been built in our urban areas it only happens they only get their attention when there's an uprising are a piece like this where a Fox News reporter with the crazy initials KKK she puts a hit piece about Baltimore and now when Trump talks about it now urban Democrats now our local officials want to say oh yeah we do fear in Baltimore oh how you defending Baltimore when you haven't addressed the issues in the city so there's blame for everybody and they're not focused on the walls in America and at the border you know I'm really glad she brought up Kimberly classic she is actually an african-american a Baltimore County resident and I believe she's engaged with the Republican Party there and she went into West Baltimore and shot footage of an alley a some trash in an alley she interviewed a Baltimore City resident and she used this as proof on Fox News to be able to say that Baltimore City is overcrowded it is rat infested and to criticize representative Cummings and to support what President Trump has said so do you think representative Cummings has actually done enough to help his district in Baltimore I mean people are making the argument that our city is facing incredible challenges right now I mean do some of these people have a point well nobody's done enough to help West Baltimore nobody I don't care who they are nobody's done enough to help west ball tomorrow and East Baltimore which is getting left out of discussion I should say both of these areas well West Baltimore ticular particulars being used as a political football these people aren't really the politicians that I see they aren't really interested in doing something I want to talk about was West Baltimore oh they want to do anything they're not coming from a place of concern and I have a problem when you come when you have a critique without a concern you know a critique but I have a concern about what's happening in those communities the people that live there the people that are dying there and the people that don't have opportunity there I think that's the heart that's was really disturbing about this is that what are people actually gonna do at the end of the day you know council member eric costello council bill 19-0 3:35 he put together its a bill which is gonna have tax breaks for where 90 percent of the benefit will go to ten percent of the communities most of those communities that are in the white ill where our white communities are located or near gentrifying communities and institutions like Johns Hopkins are at University of Maryland and so you know he put this bill out just like last week or the week before and you know this notion that people are really doing something when every city council member sent Ryan Dorsey is a co-sponsor of a bill where the equity statement from the finance department lays out the equity implications of this and even though my good friend and council member Ryan Dorsey has said well that came out after they co-sponsored it there's still my concern of why wouldn't you wait to read the equity statement before co-sponsoring such a bill first of all who should be trusting anything that Eric Costello puts out in the first place I think that's the first question I have for these council members and I should say he's the chair of the taxation Finance and Economic Development Committee which would pass these type of tax deals and tips it came through his committee as a matter of fact so I think you know I critique the good council member council president Brandon Scott for making him the chair I critique the way this policy that's proposed is going to intensify Baltimore apartheid I critique the way that Eric Costello our council member my council member past put a cap on the source of income discrimination bill passed earlier this year which designed to help reduce discrimination and he said I want to put some Kurt I want to put a curb on that I want to put a brake on that so that it won't happen as fast as it should so there's plenty of blame to go around and there those are the type of specific policies that our council members he needs to withdraw they need to repeal and place these sort of predatory apartheid policies and practices that are taking place in Baltimore City if they're really real and I should add you know none of these politicians to me are serious when there's a ongoing lead poison crisis in our city which is at the root of so much of our crime violence and academic underachievement in our schools we have lead in the pipes in our schools in our homes in the soil in the air in Curtis Bay so if our politicians are serious they would declare a state of emergency and get led out of our homes out of the environment out of the soil out of the water they were appealed the type of policies that Eric Costello's putting forward they would enforce racial equity they would make black neighborhoods matter they would pass a three billion dollar racial equity social impact bond that I'm proposing to do those things they would make sure that we stop spending more money on police than we do on health housing arts parks civil rights and workforce development combined those are the things that need to happen you know Victor Blackwell who's also from Baltimore City and he's a reporter for CNN he had a completely different response than Kimberly a classic did he he went and spoke about it and we I think we have a clip that we can roll right now to watch the president says about congressman Cummings district that no human would want to live there you know who did mr. president I did from the day out was brought home from the hospital to the day I left for college and a lot of people I care about still do there a challenge is no doubt but people are proud of their community I don't want to sound self-righteous but people get up and go to work there they care for their families there they love their children who pledge allegiance to the flag just like people who live in districts of congressmen who support you sir they are Americans too what did you think of his response and how much do you think Trump's comments like this hurt our city and also hurt our nation you know that when I saw Victor Blackwell saying that you know that moved me in a real way it made me think about research that shows that President Trump's comments actually inflict mental health damage absolutely there are birth outcomes among Latino women that show a decrease in birth outcomes and positive birth outcomes you know after the rhetoric that Trump puts out it is you know there's other areas in a research called where you know researchers like Monica Williams and Morgan Maxwell they look at something called race-based traumatic stress and I think you know you know our mayor Jack young one area I agree with him is where he says this was an attack and at first I sort of paused but then I thought you know from a mental health standpoint this is an attack you know this is distressing it is something that causes a lot of people to alarm because there are a lot of people in Baltimore working on the ground trying to make this city better there are a lot of people are trying to make black neighborhoods matter and so for this president who is the president of America and Baltimore is an American city so it's partially his responsibility to say this deeply stressing especially when you know his policies the opportunity zones what I like to call them Trump don't actually do a damn thing to actually help people they're helping his son-in-law like Jared Kushner get rich many of these opportunities owns are in areas that don't need help in Baltimore there's a there's a trump Zone in Port Covington where Kevin Plank got the tip that I talked about earlier there's also a Trump Zone in downtown those areas don't need any more opportunities than they already have Freddie Gray's community needs it a Korean Gaines community needed it is Baltimore needs it so yeah I think they're distressing his policies aren't helping he is the distracter in chief he is the divertor in chief he is in fact the white supremacist in chief and I think that's what we have to treat them ok so I have to wrap this up I have just one final question for you if there if you could talk to the nation right now and you could let them know anything about Baltimore to maybe kind of change this negative image and the negativity in this conversation what would you want them to know I mean I think I would just basically say Baltimore is like any other city um in many ways is a reflection of America um there's so many things about Baltimore's that are very true about America and if they're not true now they actually will becoming Baltimore perhaps is a picture of where America is going and if we want to do something about changing America we need to start with cities like Baltimore the civil war started in Baltimore oh I didn't start here but the first bloodshed was here on Pratt Street the Pratt Street riots so I think that conflict of Confederate Union black/white white supremacist and victims of white supremacy a lot of those conflicts are here and if we can resolve those and reconcile that conflict here then there really is hope for America professor Brown I just want to thank you so much for your time and this enlightening discussion my pleasure my name is taya Graham and I'm your host for the real news thank you for joining me Thanks

49 thoughts on “Democrats Use Trump's Tweets to Hide Neoliberal Policy Failures

  1. The best person to answer if Baltimore is a shithole or not is the resident of Baltimore itself. Many residents have been saying since the 1990's that Baltimore is a shithole infested with high crimes, violence, rats, trash and high unemploymt. It does not require Trump's reconfirmation tweets. You would think the Democraps and the city elected officials would take this opportunity to ask the federal government for help to improve the city, instead the corrupt politcians double down and defended the city. They make believe Baltimore is doing great. They hid and hijacked Trump's tweet and accused him of racism. And, insisted Baltimore has no serious crime, no poor and dangerous neighborhoods and no issues at all. Everything is hunkidori! Illegals at the borders need more help than the people of Baltimore. Elijah Cummings is ready to help the iIlegals that need shelters, food, healthcare and jobs. Baltimore residents don't need any help. I bet the residents of Baltimore disagreed aggressively. But, the residents have no voice. The corrupt politicians even decide on camera and news media whether Baltimore is a shithole or not. They ignore the residents or the statistics of high crimes. That's how bad it is!! All those funds budgeted for the city have dissapeared into the pockets of the corrupt politicians. If you continue to vote for the same politicians, you get the same results.

  2. If I lived in Baltimore in that situation and I seen my Congressman crying about children at the border, I'd riot harder than 2015… It's disgusting!

  3. Minorities?? Aren't Blacks the Majority in Baltimore? Cummings is the Majority leader, right? So confused…

  4. The interviewer should have asked him ,what effects will allowing millions of illegal immigrants going to come into all these poverty ridden cities going to help the present cities? Immigrants are going to be used to replace poor blacks in these cities Help the countries from which they come instead of bringing them in on our impoverished millions.

  5. excuse me but you have surrounded yourselves with a wall called racism ,you lock yourselves in and cry to be free, but victims can not save themselves they had to have a savior usually a demarcate promising something for free, Only when you stop blaming and start taking responsibly ,only then will things change, ,, we are all in prisons of our own inventions , which all can be changed by changing your way of thinking , and as long as you are blaming you can not free yourselves , Stop racism by stop using it as a excuse ,,, I know this will bring out all the haters sry had to be said

  6. Trump and /cummings are very much alike in their corportist partisanship! Both need to get out of politics and let a new generation take over that are interested in the average voter rather than the corporate donors.

  7. love that Trump calls out that money spent and only ones getting rich is the politicians and boy you get hated when you turn the light on the ones with their finger in the cookie jar,,,,,, the people need to rise up and take their city back

  8. Thank you my brother for speaking/telling the truth black Democrats are just Gatekeepers making promises once that are in office they are lining their pockets with their donors and contributors at the expense of the black community

  9. ain't this where Freddie gray got stopped by the police and no one got Freddie Gray was murdered by the police nothing big are some of the worst police corruption in the country. The whole countries are garbage can be very Democrats are garbage look at all their America is in the trash can

  10. Baltimore is a the government is corrupt the police instead of whining about what Trump said why don't you fix your city

  11. If we keep defending this corporate democrats we are helping Trump because this makes him seem like he’s right and he is.

  12. I been getting attacked on twitter for saying this.Cummins is not savior or saint there’s planty there’s plenty on blame for both sides

  13. They are not afraid of trump, they are afraid of loosing their drugs, they are afraid of being condemned cause what they do behind those pretty doors is vary ugly, they ain't much different then Africa's corrupted presidents, Asia's little dark place, middles east human hating terrorist. he is more competent then any other president and that is why these little minion play a role in trying to stop him. I'm sure they know they have it coming and he will make sure is will happen, I cures you and all your fellow parasites, hope y'all live and suffer in the lake of fire.

  14. Dude is funny about trumps bedsheets but there are real white supremacists out there. I think Trump looks down at all the poor and criminals, doesn't care about skin color. People letting him off the hook by acting like he loves all white people.

  15. Democrats policies have been more and devastating than trump tweets . Black people need to stand up to they local politicians that got them living in filth

  16. How much evidence do we need to realize that the Democratic party is no longer relevant to the issues at hand? Hello 3rd Party, let's go!!!

  17. Trump is correct. Use to be One of the wealthiest states in the union now it is so corrupt. Where is all the money.?

  18. These domestic issues are inseparable from US foreign policy, and US foreign policy is inseparable from capitalism. Until you start saying that you are complicit.

  19. haha, what is victor crying for & to claim trumps outbursts are causing mental health damage & effecting physical births is hilarious. U yanks really are messed up cranks. Happy to bomb half the world killing millions but say a hurtful word to the libtards & they fall to bits. Strange lot indeed

  20. I've been to a couple hoods. One that I went to literally had a 10ft chain link fence that encircled the black neighborhood. It's a real problem that people don't think actually exists. Show pictures of the very clear segregation .

  21. So is Baltimore a great state? Why are these politicians defending Baltimore so much? Doesn't Baltimore have a lot of problems?

  22. To be honest you guys should really have more than one anchor on the show. I was surprised this one even had a narrator for the beginning video (besides the main anchor) It makes the network seem wayyyyyy more professional.

  23. I agree, concentrate on the walls in the cities and those citizens living in those cities and stop caping for illegals as if they are citizens. The Demacractic party is in for a rude awaking come election time if they think that we ADOS people aren't tired of their taking our vote's for granted and ignoring our needs, because we have awakened and our eye's are wide open now.

  24. I am hearing from black people who live in Baltimore that the President is telling the truth about the city in which they live. Most say that Black politicians are running the city in the ground. Myself I have not been to the city, but I have been hearing this before Trump tweeted this. If true these Demacract's need to quit crying foul and fix the problem. And another thing, I wish these Black folks stop talking about the border situation and start focusing on our problems. Brown people's problems are not ADOS's people's problem's nor are people of color's problems ADOS's people's problem's.

  25. Neoliberalism hasn't failed, it has succeed, that's the problem. What we need is socialism, workers and communities democratically controlling the means of production, were they can use sense and solidarity rather than greed and power to make decisions.

  26. Stupid “analysis”… Baltimore has been a poop hole long before trump. Trump has nothing to do with the state of things in Baltimore. Until you people quit trying to fold in Trump for every ailment just to get an emotional bump YOU YOURSELF are the ones distracting from the key issue. Give Elijah a good watch and put him on a bus home —— but no blacks will keep sending him back until he’s 90 instead of finding a suitable replacement

  27. Everybody is missing the point and throwing insults. Trump is effectively shining a light and destroying the Democratic Party at the same time. Andrew Jackson's bust in the Oval Office is a message to the Federal Reserve that their time is up as Jackson dismantled them. Facts and symbolism are two different things. Cummings and Sharpton are controlled shills. They say what their handlers want them to say. Turns out that a shit hole counry resides in Baltimore. Politicians who live there are just delusional

  28. Baltimore is one of the most corrupt cities on the East coast.
    The face of Baltimore is black, but the power resides in the white, Jewish power structure that ran Baltimore for decades, fled the city in the 1960s, and set up shop in Baltimore county; just outside of Baltimore.
    By golly, that is part of Cummings gerrymandered district. The other half is the part that Trump refers to….and it is what he says.
    That is were the Freddie Gray riots took place.
    Along with RT America, this station is on of the best places to get information.,
    Everyone should subscribe; it is one good fucking deal.

  29. Hopefully, now West and East Baltimore will elect new officials that care about West and East Baltimore.. Also, the people of Baltimore will wake up for 2020 Elections.

  30. LBJ figured out a way to hate Black American's and make them follow their Demokkkrat Way! Promises made, but never kept @dnc!

  31. All I see is Black politicians standing up for Elijah Cummings who hasn't done anything for West Baltimore. Talk to the people in West Baltimore. All I can say is President Trump brought West Baltimore into the light.

  32. Demokkkrats have been Spreading division and hate since 1828! Wanna see what systematic racism looks like? Visit any Major US City except Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, and Fort Worth those are the only cities run by a republican majority.

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