Baltimore Sun Editorial Board lashes out at Trump: 'Better to have a few rats than to be one'

The Baltimore Sun Editorial Board ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump endorses former White House physician Ronny Jackson for Congress Newly released emails reveal officials' panic over loss of credibility after Trump's Dorian claims Lindsey Graham thanks Trump, bemoans 'never-ending bull----' at South Carolina rally  MORE as the "most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office" on Saturday in a scorching piece after Trump referred to Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsLawmakers dedicate Oversight room to Cummings, unveil plaque Oversight Committee room to be dedicated to late Rep. Elijah Cummings House wants documents on McEntee's security clearances MORE's (D-Md.) 7th Congressional District, which includes west Baltimore, as a "rat and rodent infested mess."

In a scathing column, the editors of one of the country's oldest newspapers wrote that Trump himself had more power to effect change in Baltimore than Cummings, whom Trump also targeted for criticism Saturday, and urged him to use the power of the presidency to do so.

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"We would above all remind Mr. Trump that the 7th District, Baltimore included, is part of the United States that he is supposedly governing," the Sun's editors wrote.

"The White House has far more power to effect change in this city, for good or ill, than any single member of Congress including Mr. Cummings. If there are problems here, rodents included, they are as much his responsibility as anyone’s, perhaps more because he holds the most powerful office in the land," they added.

The editors then went on to launch into a full-scale attack on Trump, likening him to "vermin."

"We would tell the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinHillary Clinton to start new podcast West should echo Prague's Nemtsov remembrance Trump campaign sues New York Times for libel over 2019 op-ed MORE and the guy who insisted there are 'good people' among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post," they wrote.

"Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity," they continued. "Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one."

Trump's attack on Cummings earlier Saturday came after similar attacks in previous weeks targeting minority Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez cuts census ad with Lin-Manuel Miranda Bill banning menthol in cigarettes divides Democrats, with some seeing racial bias Industry group warns fracking ban could cost 7.5M jobs in US MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHome state candidates risk losing primaries Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — California monitoring 8,400 people for coronavirus | Pence taps career official to coordinate response | Dems insist on guardrails for funding Bill banning menthol in cigarettes divides Democrats, with some seeing racial bias MORE (D-Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden, Klobuchar to address AIPAC via video Bill banning menthol in cigarettes divides Democrats, with some seeing racial bias Progressive group leader describes why Warren would be better than Sanders MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden, Klobuchar to address AIPAC via video Bill banning menthol in cigarettes divides Democrats, with some seeing racial bias Omar offers sneak peek at her forthcoming memoir MORE (D-Mich.).

The House, led by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi blasts Trump pick: He has shown 'clear disrespect' for intel community Appeals court rules House can't sue to enforce McGahn subpoena House approves bill banning flavored tobacco products MORE (D-Calif.), largely condemned the president's remarks and voted mostly along party lines to label them "racist."