David Axelrod slams Trump attack on Cummings: If he 'loses in 2020, this will be why'

CNN political commentator and Democratic strategist David AxelrodDavid AxelrodBoth sides have reason to want speedy Trump impeachment trial Gary Cohn says he's 'concerned' no one is left in White House to stand up to Trump Tucker Carlson: Obama has not backed Biden because Michelle Obama could run MORE slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE's attack on Rep. 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.), arguing the president's "stream of ugly, divisive bombast" could threaten his reelection chances.

"If @realDonaldTrump loses in 2020, this will be why," Axelrod wrote Saturday. "Every, single day, he subjects the country he was elected to lead to a stream of ugly, divisive bombast. It’s exhausting. It’s destructive. It’s unworthy of a POTUS."

Axelrod added that the "rancor and chaos his daily dose of nastiness creates is a barrier to actually getting things done."

Axelrod was responding to a tweet by Trump on Saturday in which the president called Cummings's district a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess."

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Trump sought to contrast the district, which includes downtown Baltimore, with conditions at the southern border, calling it "FAR WORSE and more dangerous."

Cummings, the chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee that has conducted probes into the administration, has called the treatment of migrant children at government facilities near the southern border “government-sponsored child abuse.”

"We have seen cases where the administration has deported parents without their children and still, to this day, have not reunited those families,” Cummings, a frequent Trump critic, said earlier this month.

Trump's comments about Cummings follow a series of attacks on a group of minority freshman congresswomen this month in which the president said they should "go back" where they came from. The House voted to condemn that remark as racist, though the president has since doubled down.