Sharpton: Trump has 'particular venom' for blacks, people of color

The Rev. Al Sharpton on Monday called out President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE for his rhetoric when referring to people of color after the president's recent attacks on the city of Baltimore. 

"He attacks everybody. I know Donald Trump, he’s not mature enough to take criticism ... he’s like a child," Sharpton said at the news conference in Charm City. "But he has a particular venom for blacks and people of color." 

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"He attacks [Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden on impeachment: 'I'm the only reason' it's happening Democrats to offer resolution demanding Trump reverse Syria decision Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter MORE, he attacks [Senate Democratic Leader] Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump defends 'crime buster' Giuliani amid reported probe Louisiana voters head to the polls in governor's race as Trump urges GOP support Trump urges Louisiana voters to back GOP in governor's race then 'enjoy the game' MORE, he attacks other whites, but he never said that their districts or their states are places that no human beings want to live," Sharpton, the founder of the nonprofit National Action Network, said, citing Trump's criticism of the city as violent.

Sharpton said Monday's National Action Network conference, which was previously planned and came after Trump spent the weekend attacking Rep. 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.) and the city of Baltimore in a series of tweets, was not a "partisan effort."

At the conference, former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele also spoke about Trump's rhetoric. 

"Little did I know that Mr. Trump was going to, on the eve of this, attack the congressman from this city — and not only the congressman but the people of this city — in the most bigoted and racist way," Sharpton said. 

Trump lashed out at Baltimore and Cummings this weekend, calling the city "disgusting" and "rodent infested" and saying the longtime lawmaker has done "so little" for its residents. 

Trump later doubled down on his attacks and said there was "nothing racist" about the tweets, while lashing out at Cummings and calling him a racist.

Trump continued his attacks before the news conference Monday, calling Sharpton a "troublemaker" and a "con man" who "hates whites." 

Sharpton said that Trump can "say what he wants."

"Call me a troublemaker. Yes, I make trouble for bigots," Sharpton said, noting he's sparred with Trump for 25 years over the Central Park jogger case and birtherism. "As far as me being a con man, if he really thought I was a con man he'd be nominating me for his Cabinet."

He also defended Cummings.

"Elijah Cummings is a respected and well-regarded member of Congress," Sharpton said. "And for him to be angry at Mr. Cummings because Mr. Cummings has the moral standard to question how migrant children are being treated at the border is an abomination to me."

The tweets attacking Cummings followed the president's recent attacks directed at freshman Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), all of whom are women of color.

Trump said the lawmakers should “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”