Elijah Cummings

Elijah Cummings


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Baltimore congressman Elijah Cummings was more gracious, generous, and better than most. There’s no better example of that than his friendship with Republican and staunch Trump defender Mark Meadows, who sat on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which Cummings chaired.

Earlier this year after Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib implied Meadows committed a racist act, Cummings came to Meadows’ defense and stated that not only was the Republican not racist, but is one of his best friends. Cummings did this even though what Meadows did was overtly racist. During a hearing, Mark Meadows brought out a black woman who has worked for Donald Trump as proof Trump isn’t racist.

In case you’re a Republican, the “black friend” defense doesn’t prove you’re not a racist and the use of it is, in itself, blatantly racist. Your friends are your friends and not tokens to be spent on political debates. You’re welcome.

An example of how Cummings was bigger and better than most of us was when racist Donald Trump went on his Twitter rant about rats in Baltimore, attacking Cummings and eventually calling him a racist, which would be like calling Mother Theresa an anarchistic puppy beater. Despite this being just a few months after Cummings defended Meadows from the same charge, Mark Meadows chose to be a coward and refused to defend Cummings. He refused to stand up, defend his friend, and publicly disagree with Donald Trump.

Donald Trump reacted to Cummings’ death by tweeting, “My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!” Wow. That’s very nice. It almost makes you forget what he’d said about Cummings when he was alive.

Just a few months ago while saying Baltimore was “a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess” where “no human being” would want to live, he called Cummings “racist,” a “brutal bully,” who has “failed badly” representing his constituents and who stole and mismanaged federal funds. Later, after a burglary at Cummings’ home, Trump tweeted, “really bad news,” and “too bad.” In case you’re a liberal, cruelty is the basis of all Republican humor.

Of course, Cummings was a bigger and better human being than Donald Trump, but most people are, so that’s a poor example. But Trump is right about one thing. It’s going to be hard to replace Elijah Cummings.

Not only will it be difficult for his district or even his party to replace a man like Cummings, the biggest challenge, especially during an impeachment, is replacing him as chairman of the Oversight committee.

For now, Pelosi has appointed Representative Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, now the senior Democrat on the panel. She’ll serve as the acting chairwoman, in line with House rules. She has not been a major player in these investigations and nobody expects her to become the permanent chairwoman.

The White House acting-Chief-of-Staff Mick Mulvaney blurted out last week how they’ve had to deal with oversight since the Democrats took Congress last year, totally missing the point that oversight is something every president should constantly deal with, no matter if their party controls Congress or not. They will still have to deal with oversight without Cummings in the chair, but on that particular committee, there will no longer be an advocate with Cummings’ voice, grace, class, and demeanor.

As House Minority Kevin McCarthy said, “Every time we spoke of selecting an individual that can rise to the occasion, to be in debate with him, we’d look for somebody that’s strong. And every time someone was selected, they’d come back to be a very best friend of Elijah Cummings.”

Cummings was better than most. After the Meadows racial incident, he said, “We need to get away from party and deal with each other as human beings.” The only problem with Trump supporters is that they refuse to be human.

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Hate And Prayers


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If you’re out there defending Donald Trump from accusations that he’s a racist, and you really believe he’s not racist, the feelings are not mutual because Donald Trump believes you’re a racist.

Donald Trump believes that you are so racist, that throwing out racist dog whistles so loud that cats can hear them, will strengthen your support of him. In fact, he’s counting on it. Trump’s 2020 election strategy is to win by receiving the white vote and only the white vote. With this strategy, he’s counting on white America to be as racist as he is.

Yesterday, a Trump supporter mocked the media for figuring out the “code” he uses when he attacks people of color. The code is using the word “infest.” But with a simpleton like Trump, it wasn’t a difficult code to crack.

Another code you don’t need the Enigma crackers for is his response to massacres. His response to the mass shooting in Gilroy, California that left three dead (two of them minors) and injured 12 is a perfect example. While he tweeted out condolences and “we must stop evil,” he didn’t identify the incident as terrorism or the shooter as a white supremacist (I took artistic license with that detail in the cartoon). He never does that when the shooter is white or a racist. He’s afraid of offending his base of white supremacists. Hell, the guy couldn’t even disavow David Duke. Trump has argued in the past that he didn’t identify the shooter’s beliefs and motivations because he doesn’t have all the information. It’s hard to “stop evil” when you refuse to identify it.

But, when the killer is Muslim, he’s really quick to respond without any information. He used the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando in 2016 to double-down on his call for a Muslim ban, even though the killer was born in the United States. He was quick to blame Islamic terrorists and he was right in that instance, even though the killer was a lone wolf.

When MS-13 murders someone, Trump quickly identifies them as such and uses it for his stupid, racist vanity project in the form of a border wall argument.

When a gunman killed 50 worshippers in two mosques in New Zealand, it took days for Trump to issue any comment, with his first tweet casting himself as the victim. He tweeted that the media was “working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand.” What Trump failed to do was express condolences to the Muslim community or acknowledge the gunman was a fan of his. The shooter used Trump’s term “invader” to describe immigrants and wrote that Trump was a “symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”

A guy who killed 50 Muslims believed that Donald Trump and he had a common purpose. You would think Trump would be quick to disavow such a person. But, you’d also think Trump’s supporters, his cultists, would be quick to disavow Trump’s racism instead of defending it.

Trump supporters would rather be lackeys for their dear leader than to have any independence or dignity. And, don’t expect any of them to speak out against Trump for assuming they’re as racist as he is, even if they were smart enough to detect it.

On Sunday evening, Trump was attacking black Americans through Twitter, even accusing Congressman Elijah Cummings of being a racist. He paused to comment on the shooting at Gilroy. Shortly afterward, he resumed attacking black Americans, this time calling Al Sharpton a “troublemaker” (there’s another racist codeword against blacks), a “con man” and that he “hates whites and cops.”

Al Sharpton may have issued the best retort to Trump we’ve seen all year. Sharpton said, “If he really thought I was a con man he would want me in his cabinet.”

If Trump was presidential, he would have taken at least one day off from being divisive, attacking fellow Americans, and telling his white supporters that black leaders hate them. A real president would respond to the need of unifying the nation, not engage in further divisiveness. But, it’s hard to be presidential when you’re a racist. For his supporters, it’s hard to spot racism when you’re racist.

If you are ever accused of something racist and the people currently defending Trump today start defending you, I got bad news for you. You said something racist.

Donald Trump is fostering hate in this nation and hoping the divisiveness wins him a second term. He says, “We must stop evil.” If he really wanted to stop evil, he’d submit his resignation and leave the White House.

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