Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on the city of Baltimore over the weekend and the after-effects show no sign of abating.
Various members of the cast and crew of The Wire, the epochal HBO drama set in Baltimore, had their say, as well as a host of politicians and television presenters. Most took issue with the President labelling the city “rodent infested” and that “no human being would want to live there”, the kind of dehumanising language Twitter has repeatedly failed to clamp down on.
CNN host Don Lemon has now had his say and chosen to highlight Trump’s breathtaking hypocrisy. In the clip shared by CNN on their Twitter feed, Lemon says: “If you call some of our American communities disgusting, filthy, rat infested, you insult all of us.”
The key section, however, sees the presenter point out that Trump’s own son-in-law and White House aide, Jared Kushner, has a company that owns apartments within the city and has a history of code violations.
In short, if people are living in difficult conditions then the Trump clan are not only partly to blame but they’re actually profiting from it.
Trump has doubled down on his criticisms of Rep. Elijah Cummings and the city, simply refusing to apologise and sticking with his original stance.
“Never apologise, never explain – it’s a sign of weakness” might have been a mantra that worked for John Wayne but surely we should expect better from the leader of the free world. Apparently not.