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Were Trump’s Tweets on Baltimore Really Racist?

The argument that the tweets are racist: Trump criticized the politics of a black politician. If it was not Trump who said it then the media would not be saying it was racist.

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As expected, President Trump’s latest tweet storm has been declared racist by the mainstream media.

The argument that the tweets are racist: Trump criticized the politics of a black politician. If it was not Trump who said it then the media would not be saying it was racist. For example, Bernie Sanders said walking through Baltimore would make you think “you were in a Third World country.” He continued, saying “We’re talking about a community in which there are hundreds of buildings that are uninhabitable,” but Sanders was not accused of being racist for his comments.

Additionally, the most criticized statements Trump made were calling Baltimore “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.” While this could have been said less aggressively, Baltimore is the ranked ninth on the list of America’s “rattiest cities.” PBS even aired a documentary last year that depicted the rat problem that Baltimore suffers from called “Rat Film.”

Lastly, Baltimore has been ranked the most dangerous city out of America’s 50 biggest cities. Baltimore had 343 homicides in 2017, with 56 per 100,000 people.