I guess that hypocrites can’t smell!

Smelling rats in Baltimore

BY CAL THOMAS Tribune Content Agency

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JULIO CORTEZ AP

Boards cover the front end of a abandoned row homes near the Hollins House, a high rise building housing seniors and persons with disabilities, which was toured by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson this past Wednesday in Baltimore.

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Calling someone “racist” has become the default position for liberal politicians and certain members of the media who wish to deflect attention from real problems. President Trump has (again) been called a racist for having the temerity to note that House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) seems to spend more time criticizing him and the border patrol than he does fixing problems in his own home district, which includes about half of Baltimore city.

When the president noted that parts of Cummings’ district are infested with rats, the racist smears began. Why is the president a racist for pointing out what even African-American leaders in Baltimore have said about certain areas of the city?

The Washington Times resurrected a comment by former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who is African American and was ousted from office over an investigation into corruption. Pugh commented on part of the city’s abandoned row houses and alleys strewn with trash: “Whoa, you can smell the rats. Whew, Jesus. Oh, my God, you can smell the dead animals.”

In 2015, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders toured West Baltimore in the company of African-American leaders and residents. The Baltimore Sun reported on Sanders’ statement: “Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think you’re in a wealthy nation. You would think that you were in a Third World country.” Those with him nodded approvingly.

Are Pugh and Sanders racists for stating the obvious?

Baltimore has averaged 300 murders per year for several years. In 2015, it set a record with 344 homicides, according to the Sun. The newspaper, which has been highly critical of Trump’s remarks about Cummings, reported last September on FBI statistics that showed “Baltimore had the worst homicide rate among the nation’s 50 largest cities last year and the second-highest violent crime rate overall.” Is it racist to point that out, or is it only racist when a white politician says it?

Instead of listening to politicians talk about Baltimore, elected officials and the media should be talking to people who have been trapped in these squalid areas. They might ask Democrats who have run the city (and other cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit and Flint, Michigan where homelessness, crime and filth abound) why they have done nothing to improve these neighborhoods. Many American cities with similar problems have been run by Democrats for decades. Why do voters keep returning them to office when their misery only deepens?

What would Democrats do if the poor and minority voters, who are their base, tried a different party and a different attitude? Democrats have promised much and delivered little to their base, at least since the 1930s when the federal government began to dispense welfare benefits, benefits that have fueled an addiction to entitlement programs and created an allegiance to the party most dedicated to keeping the checks coming in exchange for votes.

Democrats, like Rep. Cummings, have also opposed school choice. The ability to choose a better public, or private school for poor and minority children (with vouchers to pay for them) is an opportunity to improve their prospects and break out of the poverty cycle that for some families has been repeated for several generations.

Kimberly Klacik, who occasionally appears on Fox News, says she is a journalist and lives in Baltimore. She interviewed a local African-American woman named “Michelle,” who said: “What (President Trump) said was definitely true. (Cummings) hasn’t done anything for us. He’s worried more about (caring for illegal aliens at the border) than his own people. Trump is not racist … I’m glad he put (Cummings) on blast. The rats just didn’t come. These houses just didn’t get torn down, they’ve been like this.”

Given these facts, to whom should the “racist” label be more accurately applied?

Thank you for the submission Mr. Howe!

Cal Thomas is a syndicated columnist, pundit, author and radio commentator. Email him at tcaeditors@tribpub.com.


Comments:
  1. On August 5, 2019 at 1:40 pm,
    cfs says:

    There are lots of things that stink politically in the US.
    Politicians are much more concerned about power than doing what is best for their district, town, state, or country.
    Considering there are more than 40 deaths each and every day in the U.S., as tragic as two shootings on the same day may be, even by use of military-style weapons by psychopaths in innocent slaughter, it pales in comparison with what happens every day in inner cities. But no political advantage can be gained for Democrats by discussing inner city crime, so the biased MSM is silent.

  2. On August 5, 2019 at 1:48 pm,
    cfs says:

    But hypocritical Democrats can suck.

    We don’t have the latest few years statistic on violent city crime, but I’m pretty sure picked out Baltimore for a reason…..IT IS THE WORST CITY IN THE U.S. for the latest published statistics on violent crime.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/most-violent-city-every-us-state-fbi-2018-4#1-baltimore-maryland-had-986-violent-crimes-per-10000-residents-40

    Baltimore is number 1, but not something to shout about in praise.

    • On August 5, 2019 at 2:16 pm,
      cfs says:

      I believe Trump was correct in his response to the shootings.
      Sympathy and compassion aside, taking guns away appropriately from e.g. mentally disturbed people is correct, as opposed to a total prohibition.
      FBI statistics show (in retrospect) 95% of TARGETED CRIME is telegraphed by the perpetrators.
      Admittedly, there is a failure by society/police to use such telegraphing of future crime.

      Also for all examples of similar shootings, Colobine, Forida, El Paso etc almost TWO-THIRDS have had previous mental health issues.
      And yet there is no prohibition for any duration after treatment on the ability of such people to obtain guns.

      • On August 5, 2019 at 3:09 pm,
        Big Al says:

        I agree with The President on this one!

    • On August 5, 2019 at 2:48 pm,
      cfs says:

      It does not help Baltimore that it is served by SCUM by name of Cummings:

      https://youtu.be/O3n3tdQvElY?t=249

  3. On August 5, 2019 at 7:39 pm,
    cfs says:

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