In a New York Times interview published yesterday, President Donald Trump claimed that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) told him, “You will go down as one of the great presidents in the history of our country.” Cummings immediately denounced Trump’s outrageous misrepresentation of his words.
Cummings, a former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, has been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, particularly when it comes to Trump’s appalling rhetoric about minorities and policies that seem to target minorities with laser-like precision.
Cummings reports that what actually happened was that “During my meeting with the President and on several occasions since then, I have said repeatedly that he could be a great president if … IF … he takes steps to truly represent ALL Americans rather than continuing on the divisive and harmful path he is currently on.”
That is a pretty big if. Trump built his campaign around demonizing minorities and playing up biases about majority black neighborhoods in cities, Muslim citizens and refugees, and Hispanic immigrants. In office, he has shown no sign of backing down.
According to CNN, “The advice [Cummings gave] included asking Trump to investigate voter suppression instead of voter fraud, back legislation to reduce the prices being charged for prescription drugs and ‘immediately stopping his horrible language about the black community’ and ‘the immigrant community’ among other issues.”
In other words, Cummings told Trump that he could be a great president IF he starts making policy decisions that help all Americans and stops being a racist who aligns himself with white supremacists and plays up white fears of minorities. Trump has a long, long way to go.
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Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.