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

Democratic lawmakers are condemning President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE's attacks against House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsImpeachment can't wait Adam Schiff's star rises with impeachment hearings Tucker Carlson calls Trump 'full-blown BS artist' in segment defending him from media coverage 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 Pelosi 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments Bloomberg: Trump should be impeached On The Money: Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown | Trump asks Supreme Court to shield financial records from House Democrats | House passes bill to explicitly ban insider trading 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 JayapalHouse moves ahead on long-stalled resolution supporting two states for Israelis and Palestinians Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Virginia moves to suspend Medicaid work rules | Powerful House panel sets 'Medicare for All' hearing | Hospitals sue over Trump price rule | FDA official grilled on vaping policy Jayapal pushes back on Gaetz's questioning of impeachment witness donations to Democrats 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 RaskinLawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing Pelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers Five questions looming over impeachment 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: GDP expanded 2.1 percent in third quarter | Dems want answers on Japan trade deals | Tax, loan documents for Trump Tower reportedly show inconsistencies Democrats demand answers on Trump trade deals with Japan More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign MORE (D-N.J.).

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez on food assistance cuts: 'If this happened then, we might've just starved' Youth climate activists grade top 2020 Democrats on Green New Deal commitment Sanders to join youth climate strikers in Iowa 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 SchiffWhite House adopts confident tone after Pelosi signals go on impeachment Democrats could introduce articles of impeachment next week The shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley 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."
 
Maryland's two U.S. senators also hit Trump over his broadsides against Cummings and Baltimore, with Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem dilemma on articles of impeachment Graham, Van Hollen warn Pompeo that 'patience' on Turkey sanctions 'has long expired' Overnight Energy: Protesters plan Black Friday climate strike | 'Father of EPA' dies | Democrats push EPA to abandon methane rollback MORE (D) saying that Cummings "grew up facing racist bullies like Trump" while Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinThe Secure Act makes critical reforms to our retirement system — let's pass it this year Lawmakers honor JFK on 56th anniversary of his death Senate Democrats ask Pompeo to recuse himself from Ukraine matters MORE (D) told Trump that the longtime congressman is "an example of leadership that you could learn from."
 
"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.