Donald Trump Says Al Sharpton Is A ‘Conman’ And ‘Hates Whites & Cops’ In Renewed Baltimore Controversy

The black civil rights leader is scheduled to appear in Baltimore Monday to decry the president's attacks on Elijah Cummings.

Al Sharpton at the Apollo Theater.
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The black civil rights leader is scheduled to appear in Baltimore Monday to decry the president's attacks on Elijah Cummings.

President Donald Trump lashed out at black civil rights leader Al Sharpton Monday on Twitter after days of attacks against the city of Baltimore and Congressman Elijah Cummings.

Sharpton tweeted that he was en route to Baltimore with a photo of himself on an escalator in Washington, D.C. with the caption, “Arrived in DC from Atlanta, headed to Baltimore. Long day but can’t stop.”

This prompted the president to call the civil rights leader a “con man, a troublemaker” who is “always looking for a score.” He ended his tweet with, “Hates Whites & Cops.”

Trump on Saturday and Sunday sent more than a dozen tweets assailing Cummings, which began with the president calling his district a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”

Sharpton is scheduled to hold a press conference in the city at the center of the controversy in an effort to denounce Trump’s attacks on Cummings.

The former Democratic presidential candidate and MSNBC talk show host will be speaking alongside Michael Steele, who was the former chair of the Republican National Committee and was once Maryland’s lieutenant governor, according to The Washington Post.

Sharpton was quick to respond to the president’s attacks by tweeting a picture of Trump attending a National Action Network conference in 2006 talking to Sharpton, singer James Brown and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.

Trump renewed his attacks on Baltimore and Cummings on Monday, asserting in a tweet that the city “has the worst Crimes Statistics in the Nation.”

The president then tweeted another jab at Sharpton.

Sharpton replied to Trump calling the president a “bigot.”

Cummings has been vocal about the treatment of migrant children at detention facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border and has called it “government sponsored child abuse.”

Trump accused the lawmaker of neglecting his district and of unspecified corruption, which the president said should be investigated.


The president has denied allegations that his comments over the matter are racist.

White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, told Fox News Sunday that the president’s controversial comments were not racist. He said they were only in response to Cummings’ criticism of conditions, widely reported and condemned, at migrant detention centers at the southern border.

“When the president hears lies like that, he’s going to fight back,” Mulvaney said. “It has absolutely zero to do with race. This is what the president does. He fights, and he’s not wrong to do so.”

Some of Trump’s harshest criticisms have been aimed at minority lawmakers. That includes the four first-term female congresswomen known as “The Squad” and Representative Maxine Waters of California, whom the president has repeatedly called “low IQ” on Twitter.

The Baltimore Sun released an explosive editorial on Saturday night following Trump’s tweets, saying it was “better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one.”