Don’t be Fooled by Trump’s Sweet Tweet: Cummings Was a Hardcore Radical

Oct. 18, 2019
Bob Adelmann

When an opponent dies, the honorable thing is either to 1) say nothing at all; or 2) say something nice. President Trump chose option No. 2 when he learned that one of his most fierce opponents, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee that was subpoenaing his personal income tax returns, black radical Elijah Cummings, had suddenly passed away. Tweeted the President:

My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!

Back in July his Tweet wasn't so sweet:

Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA….

As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming's District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.

The backstory reveals much more accurately the role Cummings played as a noisy left-wing radical since being first elected to Congress in 1996. In July, Cummings, as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, verbally attacked acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan for more than 10 minutes while shutting down attempts of McAleenan to respond.

The Hill provided the key parts of the verbal abuse heaped upon McAleenan by Cummings that set off Trump's tweet:

"You feel like you're doing a great job, right?" Cummings asked during one of the most contentious moments of the hearing.

"We're doing our level best in a very challenging situation," McAleenan said before getting cut off again.

"What does that mean? What does that mean? When a child is sitting in their own feces, can't take a shower?" Cummings said loudly. "Come on man. What's that about? None of us would have our children in that position. They are human beings."….

"I get tired of folks saying, 'Oh, oh, they just beating up on the Border Patrol. Oh, they're just beating up on Homeland Security.' What I am saying is, I want to concentrate on these children. And I want to make sure that they are OK," Cummings said. "We are the greatest country in the world. We are the ones that can go anywhere in the world and save people, make sure they have diapers, make sure they have toothbrushes, make sure they're not laying around defecating in some silver paper."

He repeated, "Come on. We're better than that. And I don't want us to lose sight of that."

McAleenan pushed back on some of Cummings's assertion, inviting him to tour a border facility to show the lawmaker first hand that children are being reunited with their parents and conditions are improving.

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McAleenan then pointed out Cummings' hypocrisy by joining Democrats who were not allowing DHS sufficient resources to handle the overwhelming flood of illegal immigrants pouring over the country's southern border:

"We are taking care of these children thanks to the resources we finally have; they're moving very quickly through our facilities to [the Department of] Health and Human Services to a better situation," he said.

McAleenan also said the lack of funding from Congress directly led the conditions migrant children were left in "for way too long."

Cummings far-left connections include support for Black Lives Matter, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a supporter of the notoriously corrupt community organization ACORN even after it was exposed, a supporter of Venezuela's socialist regime under Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro, and the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Cummings described CAIR as an organization that "plays a vitally important role in Washington and around the country in its advocacy for civil liberties and its fight against bigotry and discrimination." This is the same CAIR that was designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates in November 2014.

His voting record confirms Cummings radical ideology played out in real time. His Freedom Index as published by the John Birch Society is 22 out of 100, reflecting his disdain for the Constitution and his contempt for his oath of office.

For the moment at least, Cummings' departure is one less thorn in Trump's side, at least until a special election is held in his district to determine who will replace him. In the meantime, leadership of his committee passes to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) who sports a Freedom Index rating identical to that of Cummings.

Trump did the honorable thing for a dishonorable individual.


An Ivy League graduate and former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at

Sources: Trump's Tweet re: Cummings passing

CNN: Rep. Elijah Cummings dies at age 68

Washington Post: Rep. Elijah Cummings, Democratic leader and regular Trump target, dies at 68

Background on Elijah Cummings Deep background on Elijah Cummings

New York Post: Elijah Cummings dead at 68

Washington Times: Elijah Cummings, House Oversight chairman, dies at 68

NBC News: Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat and House Oversight Chairman, dies at 68

Cummings' Freedom Index: 22 out of 100

AP News: Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died

Chicago Tribune: U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings dies; longtime Baltimore advocate was key figure in Trump impeachment inquiry

Baltimore Sun: Trump calls Baltimore 'disgusting ... rodent infested mess,' rips Rep. Elijah Cummings over border criticism

Baltimore Sun: 'Come on, man. What's that about?' U.S. Rep. Cummings blasts acting DHS chief over child detainment conditions

The Hill: Cummings tears into DHS chief for conditions at migrant border facilities

CAIR designated as Terrorist Group by UAE

United States House Committee on Oversight and Reform

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