Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md) said that he got President Trump to stop characterizing black communities as war zones during their meeting Wednesday. He explained the interaction to Wolf Blitzer on CNN.
“I said it in a very respectful way,” Cummings said, “and I said Mr. President maybe no one has said this to you so I’m gonna tell you today. That it seems like when you talk about the African American community, you seem to want to judge our community by our weakest link.”
I said there are vibrant and many many vibrant African-American communities throughout this country. People doing extremely well. And I said I’ve lived in the same house for thirty-five years in the inner, inner city of Baltimore. I don’t feel threatened, I feel very good about it.
“And I said, do me a favor,” he continued. “When you’re talking about the African-American community, don’t make it sound like we’re in foxholes, and we’re afraid to walk down the street.”
“And you know,” Cummings concluded, “he shook his head, and said, ‘you got a point there, I’m gonna change, I’m gonna change that language, you’re absolutely right.’”
Rep. Cummings says he told the President not to make it sound like all African Americans are afraid to walk down the street pic.twitter.com/VWYqSzIybb
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