Baltimore’s Archbishop Lori pushes back against Trump Twitter rant

A boy rides his bicycle on July 29 after volunteering to paint a mural outside the New Song Community Church in the Sandtown section of Baltimore. In the latest rhetorical shot at lawmakers of color, President Donald Trump over the weekend vilified Rep. Elijah Cummings majority-black Baltimore district as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)A boy rides his bicycle on July 29 after volunteering to paint a mural outside the New Song Community Church in the Sandtown section of Baltimore. In the latest rhetorical shot at lawmakers of color, President Donald Trump over the weekend vilified Rep. Elijah Cummings majority-black Baltimore district as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live." (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore rebuked comments made by President Trump over the weekend, taking issue with the president’s characterization of a congressional district that includes part of the city as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”

“It saddens me to see Baltimore severely denigrated by President Trump,” the archbishop said in a statement posted to the archdiocese’s social media accounts on July 27. “Baltimore is near and dear to my heart. It is hometown to more than half a million people.”

The archbishop acknowledged that “Baltimore has its tragedies and challenges but also its strengths and opportunities.”

“It saddens me to see Baltimore severely denigrated by President Trump,” the archbishop said. “Baltimore is near and dear to my heart. It is hometown to more than half a million people.”

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Archbishop Lori and Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden also signed a letter dated July 29 along with 10 other faith leaders, condemning the tweet.

“It was horrible, demeaning and beneath the dignity of a political leader who should be encouraging us all to strive and work for a more civil, just and compassionate society,” the letter said.

The letter acknowledges that cities, including Baltimore, face “longstanding and systemic problems” such as “poverty, crime, violence and racism.” People of faith, the letter said, seek to improve conditions.

“Our congregations have a similar vision of health and prosperity for Baltimore, and they are working courageously and effectively to build up the city by their actions—not tearing it down by their words,” the letter said.

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The group of clergy invited the president to visit Baltimore and they asked him, “in the name of all that is good, healthy and decent, stop putting people down. Enough of the harmful rhetoric that angers and discourages the people and communities you are called to serve—more than you know.”

Mr. Trump dispatched a number of tweets over the weekend railing against Rep. Elijah Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee. The president said Mr. Cummings’s Baltimore-area district is “considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States.” It was the president’s latest assault on a prominent lawmaker, and the people he represents, two weeks after he sparked nationwide controversy with racist tweets directed at four congresswomen of color.

In response to the president’s tweets, some people on social media shared images of blighted areas represented in Congress by white Republican lawmakers who have not been subject to the same kind of criticism from Mr. Trump. But the president doubled-down, even sharing with his millions of followers a tweet from a non-American journalist calling the nation’s 25th-largest city a “proper sh*thole.”

Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, a Republican, on July 29 called the president’s comments “just outrageous and inappropriate.” Mr. Hogan, the new chairman of the National Governors Association, said he recently gave an address at the N.G.A. about the angry and divisive politics that “are literally tearing America apart.”

“I think enough is enough,” Mr. Hogan said on the C4 Radio Show in Baltimore. “I mean, people are just completely fed up with this kind of nonsense, and why are we not focused on solving the problems and getting to work instead of who’s tweeting what and who’s calling who what kind of names. I mean, it’s just absurd.”

Michael Steele, the state’s former lieutenant governor who went on to serve as the national chairman of the Republican National Committee, said it was “reprehensible to talk about the city the way” Mr. Trump did, but he hoped the attention would elevate the conversation about how to help urban areas, and he invited the president to be a part of the conversation.

“Put down the cellphone and the tweeting and come walk the streets in this community so that you can see firsthand the good and the difficult that needs to be addressed, and let’s do it together,” Mr. Steele said on the radio show.

For his part, Archbishop Lori said residents of Baltimore deserve respect from their elected leaders.

“Many good people are working together to address Baltimore’s challenges and to build on its strengths,” the archbishop said. “They deserve the support of elected officials and their fellow citizens.”

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. This report was updated on July 30.

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J Jones
1 year 5 months ago

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.newsweek.com/trump-jared-kushner-baltimore-housing-projects-racked-code-violations-1451479%3famp=1

Christopher Scott
1 year 5 months ago

This class of Bishops have zero credibility and have done to the Church what the democrats have done to the inner-cities. They claim to be helping people but there is no accountability and outcomes keep deteriorating, but they’re still able to enrich themselves with taxpayer money, and in the Bishops case also selling off church assets. It’s no supersize they rely on each other to perpetuate their ignorant narratives in order to extract more money from the taxpayers. But it’s the people living in those projects that agree with Trumps assessment! Where is all the money going? We now have the Bishops defending rat infested housing .., lol

J Jones
1 year 5 months ago

Trump's assessment was that "no human being would want to live in [Elijah Cummings' congressional] district".

Almost 670,000 people live in that district.

To borrow from Sojourner (Ain't I a Woman?) Truth:

Ain't those people human?

Ain't the black Congressman who chooses to live there a human?

THAT - the fact that human beings DO live in Baltimore and human beings DO choose to live in Baltimore - is what Bishop Lori (a man I think needs to resign after he exposed his willing was to hide information to protect himself) was defending.

Stuart Meisenzahl
1 year 5 months ago

J Jones
Your attempt at a logical syllogism to attack Trump respecting his statement concerning people living in the conditions in Baltimore fails entirely.
You simply assume that because 670,000 people in fact live in Baltimore that they therefore “ chose to live in Baltimore”.....utter nonsense on your part.
I suggest you go find a poll on whether people in Baltimore would leave if they could, rather than summarily positing as fact that they chose to be there. I am sure as a social worker you know where to look but as a personal political matter decided not to.

J Jones
1 year 5 months ago

Stuart, I admire your rhetorical skills, and my own undoubtedly lag behind yours. I cede that to you without contest. I do not understand your unwillingness to simply acknowledge that the President of the United States is engaged in a dirty game of pool - at the expense of the human beings who are citizens of Baltimore - for the purpose of distracting
from the legitimacy of the Oversight role of a Congressman who, in his Oversight role, just happens to be an elected citizen-leader from Baltimore. Why you choose not to simply denounce this specific tactic is a genuine puzzle to me, Stuart.

Chuck Kotlarz
1 year 5 months ago

J Jones, fifty-one republican congressional districts have lower life expectancy than Mr. Cummings district. All fifty-one have white representatives.

Over thirty congressional districts have a life expectancy of 82 or higher. Democrats represent all but one district.

A totally random coincidence? Perhaps. Draw your own conclusions.

L Hoover
1 year 5 months ago

J Jones, I join you in denouncing the tactic that is causing harm and offers nothing constructive. Congress has an ethical obligation to provide Oversight, as does the great patriot and long-time public servant Elijah Cummings. Trump went after Cummings and his district soon after Cumming's Oversight committee issued those subpoenas.

Stuart Meisenzahl
1 year 5 months ago

J. Jones
The characterization as “racist” of every political tangle between the President and another political figure who happens to be black or colored is the rub. I believe it was the Congressman who first stooped to level of using “feces” as a political prop for his attack on the Immigration Services. And while notable regarding Trump’s response that he has probably never been to Baltimore, neither has the Congressman been to the border facilities. This is a political fight at an admittedly low level on both sides but it is surely not a racial issue as imputed by yours and other comments.
The basic border fact is simple: over 100,000 people per month are crossing illegally, The Congressman and his cohorts refused to act for over six months to even address the border crisis insisting it was “ a Trump manufactured crisis” but now ...now have the hutzpah to characterize the overwhelming of our border facilities and their inadequacies as some one else’s fault other than their own. “The expense of the human beings ...in Baltimore”” being used as a distraction byTrump is nothing compared to the conditions visited on the illegal immigrants by the refusal of Congress to act.

J Jones
1 year 5 months ago

Stuart, Congressmen Cummings used the word feces in his role as chair of the Congressional Oversight Committee during a hearing. He was addressing government-detained infants whose basic care, once they are separated from their adults, is then provided by other detained children, not the employees of those government run facilities.

Oversight and funding are separate functions and, in Congress, only Oversight is the responsibility and purview of the Oversight Committee and, currently, Congressman Cummings as committee Chair.

Oversight depends on reports by official fact-finders. The fact-finder in this case Cummings was the Inspector General of Homeland Security, which is the parent agency of the Border Patrol and its detention facilities. That report is consistent with those of members of Congress, detained adults and children eye witness reports by investigative journalists, etc.

Oversight work, in any setting, deals in specific factual detail. In the case, the specific factual detail was the reality that the federal government is engaged in mass detentions of infants and toddlers without ensuring an adequate number of adults , on a 365/24/7 basis, to monitor and change dirty diapers with the result that infants and toddlers are sitting in their own urine and feces for hours. Childcare.gov recommends an adult:infant ratio of 1:3; adult:toddler of 1:6, ensuring this MINIMUM level of care. Using the word "feces" when infants are left sitting in feces for hours is THE POINT of Oversight.

When Congressman Cummings used the word you referenced, he was performing a Constitutionally-mandated, Congressionally-appointed task.

The people and city of Baltimore are not relevant to the work of the Oversight Committee not are they relevant to the President's objections to the Oversight Committee's work.

Your other comments in this thread make it clear that you are aware of and conversant in the history and dynamics of US racism, and my presumption is that includes awareness of the ways in which racist language and animus are employed as political tactics in the United States. A decision not to address the President's racist tactic in this instance is every person's choice. I acknowledge your choice.

Stuart Meisenzahl
1 year 5 months ago

J Jones
Ever so kind of you to acknowledge “my choice”.
Your lengthy defense of Congressman Cummings is noted, but is entirely irrelevant to the issue of the Congressman and his party refusing to provide the funds to avert the crisis he used as a fulcrum for his attack...
I repeat “Hutpah” in the first degree.! Just google the phrase “Manufactured Crisis” and watch the litany of names crop up who used this phrase to refuse to act to avert the “feces problem” starting last January.
It seems you are incapable of viewing any issue except through the pre focused lens of “racism”. So as a matter of interest google the Congressman’ s resurfaced video in which he refers to the constituents in his own district as drug “Zombies” . Gosh, applying your standard ...does that make him a racist or just someone who is rejecting his own race? Obvious nonsense..the Congressman was just stating a fact he observed. You might give others the same credit.

J Jones
1 year 5 months ago

I acknowledge your decision to distract from Trump's conduct.

J Jones
1 year 5 months ago

Duplicate

L Hoover
1 year 5 months ago

Some of the comments below are so distorting that I will opt out of reading them in the future. Malignant narcissists and sociopaths, such as Trump, excel at honing in on kernels of negative truths that they splatter around to cause maximum embarrassment. They excel, therefore, at slander aka bearing false witness, and get away with it sometimes because there are kernels of truth in what they allege. Trump's comments are so incredibly offensive and unpresidential. I am a Baltimore native and have relatives and friends still living there. I so appreciate the statement set forth by the archbishop, and this article on America.org. I don't appreciate Catholics who see fit to feed the beast of narcissism that lends itself to fascism that could destroy our democratic republic if unchecked. We must push back, as these servants of Christ do so beautifully.

J Jones
1 year 5 months ago

From the National Cathedral:

https://cathedral.org/have-we-no-decency-a-response-to-president-trump.html?fbclid=IwAR38h_bf_Vev69kaDLpOxmUkAe7kN7MG_3pBrUOqEQpElZhKiOeTYAVACM0

Chuck Kotlarz
1 year 5 months ago

We hear 40% of U.S. households would struggle paying for an unplanned $400 expense. Do 40% of neighborhoods in the country also struggle to pay for garbage collection, keeping streets in good repair, providing safe drinking water, etc.?

That’s too bad about the 40%. Everyone else does okay, right? The past forty years of tax cuts promised taxpayers could keep more of what they earned. Let’s do some math…forty years of tax cuts plus forty years of wage stagnation equals forty years of wage stagnation. What was the point of forty years of tax cuts?

What income do most tax filers earn today? As a share of national income, it's way down from 1980. What was the point of forty years of tax cuts?

National debt as a share of GDP has skyrocketed since 1980. What was the point of forty years of tax cuts?

jerry lawler
1 year 5 months ago

I live in Baltimore. Of course the discussion is unnecessarily binary. We have great neighborhoods and awful ones. But I am glad that the issue was raised by the President (but not in such a vulgar way) and Archbishop Lori's recitation of the old mantra"we have long standing and systemic problems" falls flat. Yes, we have been saying that for decades but what are the new ideas. Yes, the problems are complex but where are the really innovative solutions. Its past time to talk platitudes and, I'm sorry, prayer walks are not going to help.

L Hoover
1 year 5 months ago

jerry lawler, do you seriously believe your president went on his rant against Baltimore to in some way help the city? Need I remind you that Elijah Cummings is heading an investigation against Trump family as part of his ethical obligation to provide Oversight? Cummings is the Chair of House oversight and just before Trump launched into his attack, Cummings and his team issued subpoenas. That is what this is all about, not improving Baltimore.

By the way, I hail from Baltimore and have family and friends still there. Have you read up on other American cities, and states, for comparisons. I have!

jerry lawler
1 year 5 months ago

I seems like you are posing an enemy in President Trump. I didn't say anything about his motives. I did not attribute fault to anyone. Please reread my post. I thought Archbishop Lori's response was flat and uncreative and unhelpful as it just repeated the old cliches about longstanding and systemic problems.

L Hoover
1 year 5 months ago

duplicate...

L Hoover
1 year 5 months ago

I'm fine with your critique of Archbishop Lori's response but was responding to the part where you seemed to dignify Trump's assault on Baltimore because, well, he’s partially right. His harangues should not be encouraged. They are driven by his toxic mix of malignant narcissism and sociopathy---highlighting weaknesses and splattering them about to cause maximum embarrassment is central to these disorders. If Americans do not push back, our democracy will be replaced by an authoritarian form of government that will better meet his ego needs but will deprive us of freedoms and such treasured staples as the rule of law. These changes are being driven by fascist ideology, as reflected in Trump's demeaning comments about Baltimore, and his many racist references to people with darker skin. Besides, abuse is abuse. The statements Trump made are abusive.

J Jones
1 year 5 months ago

L Hoover,thank you for saying this.

Alan Johnstone
1 year 5 months ago

Disorder, conflict, litter, vermin, infrastructure breakdown and the like all occur naturally within all collections of people and buildings and have done so for all recorded history.

Some cultures and customs and administrations take responsibility for this tendency for perpetual descent into chaos and strife by directing power and treasure to combat the tendency and urge and educate the population to co-operate.

Kennedy preached the same message as Trump - fix it yourself and stop waiting for others to do so.

From the distance, USA looks like Rome during the decline and fall.
Trump is telling the populace, get your sh*t together and the decline can be turned around.
The bishops can help by preaching - tell the truth in all situations, stop fornicating, get married, parent your children responsibly, stay off drugs, stop being lazy gluttons, pay your taxes and pay your employees a living wage and so on ... but a bishop turns and shoots the messenger.

L Hoover
1 year 5 months ago

Except....Trump is doing nothing of the sort. His aim is to humiliate and degrade Cummings who is head of the House Oversight committee and, just before Trump attacked Cummings and his district, Cumming's committee issued subpoenas on members of Trump's family and other enablers. Reality check: why didn't Trump go after cities ranked worse than Baltimore on key scales? Why Cummings and his district?

Oh, I think I understand. You look down upon the district's residents.

Stuart Meisenzahl
1 year 5 months ago

L Hover
You just might check with a google tonight ......a video of Congressman Cummings has just resurfaced in which he refers to the people in his district whom he grew up with as “Zombies” in a neighborhood infested by drugs.....
Using your quoted standard above, the Congressman must be “trying to humiliate and degrade himself” (or perhaps to compliment Trump on his perspicacity?) This is the kind of foolishness that results when every political battle is automatically reduced to “racism”.....or to use your own standard...do you “now understand that it is/was Congressman Cummings who is looking down on the people in his district”

L Hoover
1 year 5 months ago

Stuart, Congressman Cummings has a voluminous record reflecting his years as a public servant. Of course, he has said some rough things which, taken out of context, can somehow be construed to sound as bad an anything Trump has said---though its a stretch. They are not the same persons and their utterances have different drivers. If Cummings is occasionally critical, his purpose is to bear good fruit, i.e. to serve as a catalyst for positive change. When Trump lambasts political opponents and the areas associated with them, he generally wants to obstruct justice, deflect blame, cast Others, i.e. darker skinned persons and communities, as less than he and his supporters....so they can feel big, and find himself excuses for not lending support to meet human need. This is a strategy quite typical and predictable for narcissists and sociopaths, especially those who have gone on to lead fascist movements. Congressman Cummings is no Donald Trump.

Of course these comments about an infestation, etc. are racist. You apparently don't understand the nature of racism or fascism, nor the nature of malignant narcissism, sociopathy and projection as the predominant defense mechanism. What I see plain as day, you pretend is something else.

Stuart Meisenzahl
1 year 5 months ago

L Hoover
I agree that Trump is a narcissist...crude....indeed boorish and mendacious, But you have predetermined that he is therefore “a racist” and therefore everything he says will be “racist”. This “racist” meme has become an essential political attack tool because the economy is thriving;international trade issues long ignored are being tackled; our allies are finally being coerced into doing their fair share; and Mueller Investigation has been a bust. “Racism” has become the essential convenient and necessary “handle” when all other ordinary political avenues are closed off by the inconvenient facts
Given your frame of references Trump would be deemed a “racist” if he had used Congressman Cummings’ exact words.
Indeed given your predetermined frame of mind, If Trump were to read Genesis aloud you would declare it to be “racist”.

I understand fully the nature of racism facism ,etc.....and I also understand obdurate predeterminism when I see it ...as so fulsomely demonstrated by your hyperventilating post.

L Hoover
1 year 5 months ago

Stuart, I believe Trump uses racism to advance himself, to pump up the base he needs for reelection. I don’t know if using racism qualifies as racism but he is a user of racism and makes statements that suggest he views impoverished people of color as lesser, or subhuman. He does use the language of white nationalists and fascists, similar in structure and content to the language used by pre-WWII fascists and fools.

That said, your other statements will prove to be not true. The accomplishments you attribute to Trump either don’t exist or won’t hold. Trump inherited an economy that was coasting along. Long-term his policies could put us in bread lines. I know of no improvements in international trade. Our allies generally distrust and despise him and what is happening in America.

I know of no concrete evidence, aside from a bit of for-show glad-handing of Trump, that supports your idea that our allies are stepping up to the plate in response to Trump’s verbal abuse/denigration of them.

The Mueller investigation was corrupted by Barr and Trump. IF you read the report you will see that Trump has had some involvement with America’s enemies that were inappropriate or more, and he has obstructed justice. IF you follow what he’s doing now, Trump is still obstructing justice, i.e. he went after Cummings/Baltimore right after Cumming’s Congressional Oversight Committee issued subpoenas of Trump family and other enablers. The Mueller report is not dead. In fact, you might consider reading it. Enjoy these moments of confirmation for your political beliefs. They will not last. The truth has already been put on the table. The truth, the Light, will be known by all but the willfully blind, soon enough----hopefully before Trump and his kind have managed to push democracy out and replace it with an authoritarian form of government, propelled by fascist ideology, that better meets his need for adulation and absolute control.

Your assessment is wrong. Hopefully, America will not pay the ultimate price for wrong thinking. The result would be a democracy in name only, and possibly much worse.

Stuart Meisenzahl
1 year 5 months ago

L Hoover
I did not expect you to accept my point, and you have certainly managed to prove my point about your obdurate determinism. I note in passing that the very word “infested” has been asserted by multiple commenters to be a recognized “racial trope” and allegedly anyone (Trump) using It knows or should know that. Yet “drug infested” is the precise word used by Congressman Cummings! I guess Cummings is just clueless! Or are you just playing Alice in Wonderland where words mean only what you say they mean and that depends on who is using those words.
I readily agree that Trump has gone after Cummings because of his “investigation” but again that is typical historic political warfare and not de facto “racist”.
We are indeed approaching the stage where the “racist meme” may itself be racist.
If you doubt my assertion that the Democrats have adopted “racist” as their go to political meme, then I suggest you replay last nights Democrat Candidate debate where every candidate predicate just about every statement with a declaration that Trump is a racist. We apparently have a new syndrome “Obsessive Racism Disorder”

L Hoover
1 year 5 months ago

Stuart, I will agree that the "race card" gets overplayed and this is why some Americans enjoy Trump's push-back, his busting of social norms. If not for his seemingly criminal intent (obstruction of justice), his grabbing power at the expense of people of color who are less powerful and have less resources than him, and the damage caused by his abuse----I wouldn't mind so much. I do trust that God will elevate the oppressed in the end. I'm not sure what He will do about this oppressor and his enablers.

Ashley Green
1 year 5 months ago

Like many Trump supporters you decline to engage from a standpoint of respect for truth. This can be easily proved by presenting you with the following two questions: do you agree that Trump is a racist, and do you agree that he is a confirmed bald-faced liar? If you answer No to either question, then you have zero credibility, and any attempt at having a meaningful dialogue with you is a total waste of time, because you are not even honest. And, no, I am not going to waste my own time with providing you with examples of Trump’s obviously racist rhetoric or his ridiculous on their face lies since both are legion, as you well know. So carry on with your Trump apologetics all you want. But you do not believe your own BS, and neither does anyone else.

Stuart Meisenzahl
1 year 5 months ago

Ashley
You demonstrate an extraordinary immaturity in your concept of dialogue and discussion: one either agrees with your predicates (which are actually final conclusions ) or he is unworthy of your discussion as well as irredeemably in error and immorality.

Ashley Green
1 year 5 months ago

So if a person claims that David Duke is not in fact a racist, but has only been unfairly portrayed as such by the media and his political opponents, this point of view should be taken seriously and can be the basis for constructive dialogue? That of course is ridiculous, and that’s my point. Meaningful dialogue is not possible unless all sides agree to argue from a standpoint of total commitment to truth. You and I both know that Trump is a racist, yet only one of us acknowledges that obvious truth. You deny it, not because you don’t know that it’s true, but because you don’t like the political implications of that truth. Likewise, you know that what I have written in this post is true, however much you may pretend not to. Without a proper reverence for truth (at all costs), there simply is no dialogue.
I have a book recommendation for you: “A Century of Horrors” by the French historian Alain Besancon. Don’t assume that he is a leftist just because I’m recommending him. In fact, he’s somewhat conservative.

J Jones
1 year 5 months ago

L Hoover, Ashley and Judith, you are correct. Stuart is engaged in a simple but dangerous act of enabling. He provides a skilled courtroom defense where the rules of the courtroom don't apply; a professorial critique of a student's philosophy paper where the context is our communal life as a nation of diverse races, ethnicities and religions.

Adeolu writes above that what is being created is the historical record, both the document and the reality.

What is at stake is not Stuart's approval of the quality of our arguments nor whether the rules of the courtroom or a particular philosophical framework demand we grant this "narcissistic[...] and mendacious" President plausible deniability.

What is at stake is no less than the ability of our current system of government to function. The current President of the United is so innately corrupted as a human being that he exploits the ugliest forces in our society to prevent other elected leaders from performing their Constitutionally-constructed and -mandated roles and tasks. That is what prompted his racist attacks on four American leaders of color, and that is what prompted his attacks on Congressman Cummings and Baltimore.

The enabling occuring here is why Trump's sociopathic impulses are working for him: even people who see clearly the character of the President of the United States choose these intellectual and political parlor games over the simple moral option of condemning Trump's characterological inability/refusal to vigilantly guard against loosing upon communities of human beings forces that have historically-proven destructive powers.

I find that terrifying.

Are there short term gains from granting Trump plausible deniability? Of course there are. That is why men like Trump have always gotten away with their destructive impulses.

Again, I find that terrifying.

Stuart Meisenzahl
1 year 5 months ago

J Jones
You are engaged in Socio Psycho babble. You toss around diagnostic phrases like “sociopath “ and “characterological inability” like a handful of confetti and then draw ridiculous generalizations and conclusions from your own mental constructs and conjectures.

Your accusation at attempted creation of “plausible deniability” is ridiculous on its face. Plausible deniability is a circumstance that occurs when an intermediary is used to perform an act ......Trump obviously uses no intermediaries to perform his actions.

My argument is very simple: one can be “mendacious” , a “narcissist”, and a “blowhard” without being a racist. ...and those traits do not prove or even indicate that a person is a racist. Indeed consider that Satan himself is not a racist since he does not prefer the corruption of white souls over black souls. My position on this issue “enables” nothing nor do I pretend that it does.

I suggest that the facts demonstrate you blatantly embody the dictionary definition of bigotry: You do not just disagree ,but rush to label any position other than your own as “immoral enablement”.

Your statement that “the ability of our government to function is at stake” is beyond simple hyperventilation and borders on the hysterical. If your argument is that being a racist will paralyze or destroy the functioning of our government, then I refer you to the 8 years of theWoodrow Wilson Presidency....Wilson was not just a passive racist, he advocated and supported the actual physical segregation of races based on Margaret Sanger’s assertion of black intellectual inferiority: The Government survived and functioned just fine. I also refer you to the hailstorm of economic critics (Krugman et al) who predicted that Trump’s election would lead to an economic collapse from which we would never recover, I believe the economy not only survived his election but is in fact thriving, arguably because he was elected.

As for our interaction being “part of the historical record”, i do not share your sense of self importance but leave to you your own warm feelings about your own “terrifyingly” moral superiority

J Jones
1 year 5 months ago

Stuart, I leave to your choice to distract from rather than to condemn racist language and conduct which is designed to delegitimize Constitutionally-mandated functions when inconvenient to the current President. His autocratic impulses are terrifying because he is very likely to win again and his conduct is being condoned through this enabling. I trust your grasp of history.

Judith Jordan
1 year 5 months ago

Alan Johnstone----
What Kennedy are you referring to? I am not aware of any Kennedy behaving like Trump.

Your last paragraph to the bishops is interesting because Trump is guilty of most of the things you mentioned. Trump has been very dependent upon various governments in his “business dealings.”

J Jones
1 year 5 months ago

This is what the President of the United States has wrought. After the ugliness of his rally in Greenville and the casual kick-the-dog abusiveness of his attack on Baltimore, another city's newspaper wrote this:
https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5d42914fe4b0aca34118a619

J. Calpezzo
1 year 5 months ago

Trump's racist supporters should leave the church .

Andrew Strada
1 year 5 months ago

Ironically, it now appears that while people were busy generating outrage over President Trump's comments, Representative Cummings' house was being robbed.

J Jones
1 year 5 months ago

And US Congressman Elijah Cummings remains engaged in his Constitutionally-mandated, Congressionally-appointed role as Chair of the Oversight Committee. And it is that Constitutionally-mandated oversight of his Presidency which Trump, with the help of enablers here and throughout the country, seeks to delegitimize and stymie by making it clear that he will make people pay for critiquing him and his Administration, even when no less than the Constitution of the United States of America created and mandates that critique.

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