Donald Trump's comments about the American city of Baltimore, which he likened to a 'rodent infested mess' as part of an ongoing feud with Rep. Elijah Cummings, has provoked a scathing come back from the city's leading newspaper.
The Baltimore Sun, which has been distributed in the city since 1837, did not hold back against the president after he claimed that "no human being would want to live [there]" after Cummings criticised the administration's treatment of immigrants on the Mexico border.
In an editorial printed by the paper on Sunday, the Sun defended its city, mocked Trump for spelling Cummings' name incorrectly, called him the 'useful idiot of Vladimir Putin' and finished with a devastating retort to Trump's line about rodents.
Finally, while we would not sink to name-calling in the Trumpian manner - or ruefully point out that he failed to spell the congressman's name correctly (it's Cummings, not Cumming) - 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 Putin 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. Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity. Better to have some vermin living in your neighbourhood than to be one.
A tweet featuring the Sun's entire reply to the president has since gone viral and prompted many congratulatory replies.
On top of this, the paper's cartoonist, Bill Bramhall of the New York Daily News, also composed an image criticising Trump, which featured two rats, one on the shoulder of Trump and another poking out of his ear, with the latter saying 'it's disgusting in there.'
HT USA Today