U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings calls for an end to ‘hateful rhetoric’ among the nation’s leaders
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings called Wednesday for an end to “hateful rhetoric” among the nation’s leaders, saying “We are all sick of this.”
“We all want decency and respect,” the Baltimore Democrat said at the National Press Club in Washington.
It was his first major speech since Republican President Donald Trump’s lengthy string of tweets and comments sharply critical of Cummings, his hometown of Baltimore and his district, which Trump called “rat and rodent infested.”
Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, didn’t mention Trump by name in his call for civility, but referred to “those in the highest levels of government.”
He said the national dialogue has become so foul that his 10-year-old niece asked him recently if they were going to be put in cages.
In a question-and-answer period, Cummings repeated his earlier call for Trump to visit Baltimore.
“I want President Trump to come to my district — oh, God, I want him to come." Cummings said.
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