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

Democratic lawmakers are condemning President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China MORE's attacks against House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCracks emerge in White House strategy as witness testifies Overnight Defense: Pentagon insists US hasn't abandoned Kurds | Trump expands sanctions authority against Turkey | Ex-Ukraine ambassador says Trump pushed for her ouster On The Money: Trump announces limited trade deal with China | Appeals court rules against Trump over financial records | Trump expands authority to sanction Turkey 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 PelosiWhy calls for impeachment have become commonplace The Constitution doesn't require a vote to start the impeachment process Louisiana voters head to the polls in governor's race as Trump urges GOP support 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 ClarkMassachusetts Democrats call for 100 percent fentanyl screening of international mail from 'high-risk' nations Ten notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries 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 JayapalDemocrats see whistleblower report as smoking gun House Democrats say memo of Trump call bolsters impeachment case State Dept: Trump travel ban denied more than 31K people entry to US 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 Moulton2020 Presidential Candidates Rep. Joe Kennedy has history on his side in Senate bid Mass shootings have hit 158 House districts so far this year 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 RaskinOversight panel to subpoena Trump officials next week over deportation deferrals Democrats plow ahead as Trump seeks to hobble impeachment effort Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to testify on Libra | Extremists find home on Telegram app | Warren blasts Facebook for not removing anti-Biden ad | California outlaws facial recognition in police body cameras | China rips US tech sanctions 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 PascrellLawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China Hillary Clinton swipes at NBA over Hong Kong controversy On The Money: Judge tosses Trump lawsuit over NY tax return subpoena | US, Japan sign trade deals | Trump faces narrowing window for trade deals | NBA sparks anger with apology to China MORE (D-N.J.).

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrat launches primary challenge to Ocasio-Cortez Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — House Dems subpoena Giuliani associates 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 SchiffSunday Show Preview: Trump's allies and administration defend decision on Syria In testimony, Dems see an ambassador scorned, while GOP defends Trump Cracks emerge in White House strategy as witness testifies 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.