If you notice that Baltimore is a mess, you’re racist. Unless you’re Bernie Sanders.
Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday it is “unbelievable” President Donald Trump attacks Americans and US cities after Trump tweeted Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore district is a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”
“It’s unbelievable that we have a President of the United States who attacks American cities, who attacks Americans,” the Vermont senator told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” in an exclusive interview hosted from Detroit, Michigan.
Yes, it’s unbelievable. Bernie can’t believe it.
But just a few years ago, Sen. Bernie Sanders — a candidate seeking the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination — took his own shots at Baltimore, a struggling Northeast city grappling with high rates of violent crime, drug abuse, poverty and political corruption.
“Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think you’re in a wealthy nation,” Sanders said during a visit to the city’s West Baltimore section in December 2015, the Baltimore Sun reported. “You would think that you were in a Third World country.”
The independent U.S. senator from Vermont also referred to Baltimore as “a community in which half of the people don’t have jobs.”
“We’re talking about a community in which there are hundreds of buildings that are uninhabitable,” he added, according to the Sun.
It’s not racist to point out the obvious in Baltimore, if you’re a Democrat. Only if you’re a Republican.