Ross: How to get President Trump to start a poverty program
Remember the video of Congressman Elijah Cummings ripping into the acting head of DHS over conditions at the southern border?
“You think you’re doing a good job, right?” Cummings said.
“We’re doing our level best in a very…” Kevin McAleenan started to respond.
“What does that mean?” Cummings interrupted. “What does that mean when a child is sitting in their own feces? Can’t take a shower? Come on man!”
It was ugly! So as payback, a Republican strategist took some videos of the conditions children face in Cummings’ own congressional district in Baltimore. And Fox put the pictures on the air.
“There’s abandoned row homes filled with trash, homeless addicts, empty needles … it’s attracting rodents, cockroaches, you name it,” said Kimberly Klacik, a Republican from Baltimore.
She went on FOX News to counter Congressman Cummings’ narrative and say that he represents the “most dangerous district in America.”
“To have Congressman Cummings talk about the situation at the border, it’s laughable,” she said. “Because the conditions in his own district … are atrocious … this is a deadly district.”
President Trump was watching. And he fired off a tweet accusing Congressman Cummings of leaving his own district worse off than the migrant centers.
Trump’s critics called the tweets racist. But hang on. If the president wants Congress to fix up poor neighborhoods – take him up on it! After all, real estate is his thing. I hear his son-in-law actually has quite a few Baltimore rentals.
Trump could propose an anti-poverty bill, crack down on slumlords, and then one day he and Cummings could walk arm-in-arm through formerly rat-infested neighborhoods turned into models of urban prosperity.
Fox, if you’re listening, I know you can make this happen.
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