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

Former First Lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaTrump on Weinstein conviction: 'Great thing' for women Budowsky: Bloomberg-Obama or Klobuchar-Kennedy? The Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina MORE on Saturday paid special tribute to a Baltimore dance team after President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE derided Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOversight Committee room to be dedicated to late Rep. Elijah Cummings House wants documents on McEntee's security clearances VA could lead way for nation on lower drug pricing 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 PelosiOcasio-Cortez: Trump would 'never' say to her face some of the shots he takes at her on Twitter Oversight Committee room to be dedicated to late Rep. Elijah Cummings Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response 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.