Democrats denounce Trump's attack on Cummings: 'These are not the words of a patriot'

Democratic lawmakers are condemning President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE's attacks against House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTrump request for Ukrainian 'favor' tops notable quote list Impeachment can't wait Adam Schiff's star rises with impeachment hearings MORE (D-Md.), calling his Saturday morning remarks "racist" and beneath the office of the presidency.

Trump accused the longtime congressman of being a “brutal bully” and sought to cast Cummings's district — which includes part of Baltimore — as “dangerous” and “disgusting,” claiming that the Maryland city was "corrupt" and that "no human being would want to live there."

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles California GOP candidate arrested on stalking charges MORE (D-Calif.) denounced Trump's "racist attacks" against Cummings, praising the representative as a "champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic justice."

“This is love of country??” Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkThe Hill's Morning Report - Fallout from day one of Trump impeachment hearing 'Squad' members recruit Raskin to run for Oversight gavel House passes third bill aimed at preventing foreign election interference MORE (D-Mass.), the vice chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus, tweeted. “These are not the words of a patriot.”

.@RepCummings is a remarkable human w/clear, moral authority & deep commitment to justice. He’s also a phenomenal Chairman, bringing essential oversight to lawless Administration. Trump shows again he simply cannot match the Elijah’s dignity & grace,” tweeted Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalPelosi reaches deal with progressives to avert showdown over drug price bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Progressives hope to avoid drug-pricing showdown with Pelosi | 'Medicare for All' backers get high-profile hearing | Dems take victory lap after eliminating drug protections in trade deal Progressives hopeful for deal with Pelosi to avert showdown on drug prices MORE (D-Wash.), the co-chairwoman of the House Progressive Caucus.

"Baltimore is a part of the country you’re responsible for, Mr. President. And its residents are human beings," Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonDeval Patrick beefs up campaign staff Lawmakers honor JFK on 56th anniversary of his death Pardoning war crimes dishonors the military MORE (Mass.) tweeted. 

Critics also took aim at Trump's condemnation of Baltimore, saying the president's remarks were an attempt to divide the American people. 

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“Donald Trump hits new low with his slashing attack on @RepCummings & the people of Baltimore. Cummings is devoted to the common good, Trump to self-enrichment and glorification. ‘No human being would want to live there’ is a better description of his deranged mind,” Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinDemocrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing Pelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers MORE (D-Md.) tweeted.

“Republican leaders are cool with trump’s bile bc they’ve decided that reaching every American is too hard. They’d rather divide and conquer our population. Trump’s racism is carrying out that division so they can keep power,” added Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellOn The Money: Pelosi, Trump tout deal on new NAFTA | McConnell says no trade vote until impeachment trial wraps up | Lawmakers push spending deadline to Thursday House panel to consider temporarily repealing SALT deduction cap Pelosi announces support for new Trump NAFTA deal MORE (D-N.J.).

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBiden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Democrats reach cusp of impeachment Progressives hopeful for deal with Pelosi to avert showdown on drug prices MORE (N.Y.), who sits on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, praised Cummings as a "legendary coach" for the panel. The freshman representative described making her case to join the House committee before Cummings, writing that he was "tough" and "demanded excellence."

"If you look at Oversight, it includes many all-stars of Congress. From @RepRaskin to @RoKhanna, Cummings is a legendary coach who brings the best out of everyone. He makes the country better. You want to be on his team," she tweeted.

"@RepCummings is the conscience of our caucus," added Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Trump rails against FBI, impeachment during Pennsylvania rally Democrats reach cusp of impeachment MORE (D-Calif.), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee. "When we need moral clarity, he provides it. When we need direction, he is our guiding light. He’s a better man than Trump will ever be, and that’s what threatens the President."
 
 
"Baltimore has become home to my team and it's disgraceful the president has chosen to start his morning disparaging this great American city," she tweeted. 

Cummings’s district is 55 percent African American and 35 percent white. It is the second-most wealthy and educated among Maryland's majority-black districts.

Trump’s early morning attack came weeks after Cummings, an outspoken critic of Trump, called the treatment of migrant children at U.S.-run facilities on the southern border “government-sponsored child abuse.”

Cummings, who has repeatedly condemned the Trump administration's immigration policies and the federal government's treatment of immigrants at the border, went off on acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan last week over the conditions of U.S.-Mexico border facilities that house migrants. 

The president's remarks early Saturday also came days after the House Oversight and Reform Committee authorized Cummings to subpoena records from the White House in connection with an investigation into aides’ use of personal email and text applications for official business. 

Updated 2:00 p.m.