The following is a transcript of the final commentary segment from July 27, 2019:
The President this morning decided to tweet. He tweeted -- and I quote:
"Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings['] districtwhen it is considered the worst[-]run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!"
The words of the President, tweeted today.
I just don't know what else to say other than: I condemn the President's remarks.
I don't need to stand in partisan solidarity with a person like Representative Cummings in order to stand in civic solidarity with him as an American, and with the people of Maryland. We are fellow Americans. We don't call each other names. We don't say, "no human being would want to live there." We don't say those things about each other and to each other. That is not how we live.
We have disagreements. We can have things that we disagree about. Things that we think need to be improved. We have lots of different ways that we can believe life ought to be lived. But if the President wishes to avail himself of the Constitutional remedies available to him, he has a responsibility, and I quote, to:
"Recommend to their considerationsuch measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."
That's the job of the President to Congress. He reports to Congress. If he thinks something is wrong with this district or any other district in America, "he shall recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient". But he's also ordered that he shall, and I quote,
If the President thinks that some places are badly-run and dangerous, "he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed." This stuff isn't about Constitutional duties, though.
He's had two and a half years to show us that he cares about his Constitutional duties. He has had plenty of time to show us that he cares about doing the job he is assigned by the law.
This tweet isn't doing his job. There is no other way to say it.
So I condemn the President's remarks, because I don't have to have partisan solidarity to have civic solidarity with my fellow Americans -- and that includes you.