Michelle Obama shares tribute to Baltimore step team after Trump calls city's district 'disgusting'

Former First Lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObama says he leans on daughters to create year-end playlists An immigrant to get the job done at Homeland Security Obama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle MORE on Saturday paid special tribute to a Baltimore dance team after President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE derided Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsWe must act on lowering cost of prescription drugs Voters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican Democrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? MORE' (D-Md.) district as "disgusting" and "rodent infested." 

"On , I'm shouting out the Lethal Ladies, a Baltimore STEP team who I saw perform back in 2017," Obama said on Twitter. "I’m so proud of you all—and everyone who’s dancing today!"

The tweet features a video of the step team performing a routine featuring Obama's famous slogan, "when they go low, we go high." 


Obama did not mention Trump or his recent remarks in the tweet. But it came just hours after Trump derided Cummings as a "brutal bully" while calling his Baltimore-area congressional district "dangerous" and "filthy."

“Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous,” Trump tweeted early Saturday morning. 

“His district is considered the Worst in the USA as proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded,” Trump continued. “Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.”

Several Democratic lawmakers, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden backs 0B compromise coronavirus stimulus bill US records over 14 million coronavirus cases On The Money: COVID-19 relief picks up steam as McConnell, Pelosi hold talks | Slowing job growth raises fears of double-dip recession | Biden officially announces Brian Deese as top economic adviser MORE (D-Calif.), denounced the comments, saying that they were racist. Cummings responded to the attack by noting what his job is as a lawmaker. 


“Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors,” Cummings tweeted. “It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.” 

Cummings has repeatedly criticized Trump, and he has used his role as House Oversight and Reform committee chairman to continually conduct oversight of the administration. Earlier this month, Cummings called the Trump administration's treatment of migrant children at the southern border "government-sponsored child abuse."

Trump's comments also came just days after Cummings' committee authorized subpoenas for records from the White house regarding officials' use of personal email and email applications to conduct official business.