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Maryland Church Leaders Reject Trump's Condemnation of Baltimore, Implore Him to 'Stop Putting People Down'

  • Amanda Casanova

    Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and…

  • 2019 Jul 31

A group of religious leaders in Maryland say President Donald Trump’s comments about the city of Baltimore were “horrible” and “demeaning.”

According to the Christian Post, the Ecumenical Leaders’ Group of Maryland, a group of leaders from many different religions, released a letter this week rebuking Trump for his comments.

“Recently, much to our dismay and profound sadness, you publicly slurred our beloved City of Baltimore in a tweet. We will not dignify the slur by repeating it. 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 leaders wrote in the letter.

Last weekend, Trump tweeted about Baltimore and one of its representatives, saying the district of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings was a “dangerous … disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess.”

“Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA,” Trump tweeted on Saturday.

“As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent-infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place,” he added.

The letter from the Ecumenical Leaders’ Group said they were praying for Trump.

“Good leaders lift up, call people together, and bring out the best in them. Slamming individuals and whole communities is not leadership; it’s regression – for everybody,” the letter said. “Leaders lead. Mr. President, as religious leaders we implore you: 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.”

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