House Democrat knocks Trump's Cummings tweet: 'This guy is a terrible, terrible human being'

Rep. Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksOn The Money: House passes monthlong stopgap | Broader spending talks stall | Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns | Progressives ramp up attacks on private equity Progressive Democrats ramp up attacks on private equity CNN: Biden likened Clinton impeachment to 'partisan lynching' in 1998 MORE (D-N.Y.) hammered President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE’s tweet saying that a break-in at the Baltimore home of Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDebate gives Democrats a chance to focus on unaddressed issues of concern to black voters Maloney wins House Oversight gavel The Hill's Morning Report - Wild Wednesday: Sondland testimony, Dem debate take center stage MORE (D-Md.), one of the administration's chief critics, was "really bad news" and "too bad."

"Come on. This guy is a terrible, terrible human being. And he’s unfortunately the president of the United States," Meeks, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said on CNN Friday night.

"It’s clearly that he was doing a wise guy tweet about Elijah Cummings," Meeks added.

The Democrat weighed in after Trump on Friday insisted that he was not making a joke at Cummings's expense with his tweet about the burglary, a remark that drew accusations that he was trying to embarrass the Maryland Democrat.


Trump’s tweet about the burglary came after a dozen tweets hammering Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, accusing him of being a “brutal bully” and saying his district, which includes parts of West Baltimore, is "rat and rodent infested" and a "very dangerous & filthy place" where "no human being would want to live."

Cummings has spoken out against the president repeatedly on various issues, most recently likening his hard-line immigration policies to “child abuse,” and he has pursued aggressive investigations into the Trump administration.

"He was trying to perpetuate what he was saying previously," Meeks said of Trump. "It’s clear what he’s doing, and unfortunately too many people are becoming desensitized because this is what he does."

“This president talks about certain people, black and brown people in particular, in a certain way. I can give you some white communities that are poor and crime-infested in those areas. He would never, he has never spoke about those communities in that way. He only directs that type of language to certain people who happen to be black and brown,” Meeks added.

Trump’s broadsides against Baltimore echo similar remarks he made before his inauguration about civil rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn LewisTrump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny Democrats ramp up oversight efforts over 'opportunity zone' incentive The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment MORE's (D-Ga.) Atlanta-area district, which he called “crime infested,” leading many to suggest the president has a certain view of districts represented by minority lawmakers.

He also sparked bipartisan criticism last month when he said four progressive congresswomen of color should go back to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Three of the four women were born in the U.S., and all are citizens.