FLASHBACK: Bernie Sanders Compared West Baltimore to 'A Third World Country'
On Friday, President Donald Trump caused a storm by responding to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)'s accusation that Border Patrol engages in "child abuse." Trump faulted Cummings for the poverty and rodents in his congressional district — an attack that liberals everywhere loudly condemned as racist.
Well, if that was racist, so was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). He toured West Baltimore — Cummings' district — in December 2015, to see the area where Freddie Gray was arrested. At that time, Sanders compared West Baltimore to a "Third World Country."
"Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think you're in a wealthy nation," Sanders said, according to The Baltimore Sun. "You would think that you were in a Third World country."
Sanders got more specific. "Residents of Baltimore’s poorest boroughs have lifespans shorter than people living under dictatorship in North Korea. That is a disgrace," he tweeted.
Similarly, Trump called Cummings' district "a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess."
Of course, Sanders attacked West Baltimore in order to advocate more of his openly socialist "Revolution," while Trump attacked it in order to shoot down Cummings's accusations. Even so, from the deafening outrage against Trump, it seems Sanders must also be a horrific racist.
Yet Sanders rushed to condemn the "racist president," seemingly oblivious to the fact that by insinuating Trump's tweets were racist, Sanders was also outing himself as a horrific racist.
After all, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) condemned Trump's attack as racist.
As conservatives shared videos showing the sad state of West Baltimore, liberals tweeted with the hashtag "We Are Baltimore" to express solidarity with those attacked by Trump.
CNN anchor Victor Blackwell also attacked Trump's tweets as racist, even suggesting that when Trump uses the word "infested," it proves animus against black people. "Donald Trump has tweeted more than 43,000 times. He’s insulted thousands of people — many different types of people," Blackwell said. "But when he tweets about infestation, it’s about black and brown people."
Yet Trump's tweets regarding infestation — like the Baltimore tweets — talk about infestations of rodents, Ebola, and crime — things that harm black people, not the black people themselves. CNN ignored this, running a chyron focused on the word "infested."
In fact, by this standard, former President Barack Obama is a horrific racist, because he described parts of major American cities was "crime-infested areas," in a 2015 speech.
Many Democrats running for president in 2020 retweeted the Blackwell video.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) retweeted the video, adding, "Silence is toxic complicity." Was silence "toxic complicity" in 2015?
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) cited the remarks as proof that "Trump has been the most openly racist president we've had in modern history."
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) tweeted, "I am proud our campaign headquarters is in Rep. Elijah Cummings' district. Baltimore has become home to my team and it's disgraceful the president has chosen to start his morning disparaging this great American city." Was it disgraceful when Bernie Sanders disparaged Baltimore?
Trump's tweets involved a level of invective unbefitting a president, but that does not make them racist. Responding to Cummings's attacks on border patrol and attacking him over the sad state of his congressional district are not racist acts, just as Bernie Sanders comparing West Baltimore to a third world country was not racist and Barack Obama's reference to crime-infested areas was not racist.
Is it just me, or is liberal posturing growing stupider by the day?
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