Evening Edition - July 29

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July 29, 2019

Part One of My Baltimore Commentary: The Part With Rats

Believe me, I am not happy about having to start your Monday morning by writing about rats.  Unfortunately, the rats in Baltimore were this weekend’s obsession for the Washington media, maybe because all the Congress members are out of town on recess. 

I’m sure you heard that this latest media OUTRAGE storm started the way so many of them do: with a tweet from President Trump.  Here’s a rundown of how it began, with a report by Fox News on the terrible conditions in many parts of the Baltimore Congressional district represented by Rep. Elijah Cummings, one of Trump’s most vociferous critics in the House.

Because Cummings is black, and it’s a majority black district, Trump was immediately branded a racist for saying that, even though the criticism wasn’t aimed at the people living there, but at corrupt government officials who do far too little to help them. Also, the reporter of the original story, Kimberly Klacik, is herself African-American.

The left-o-sphere immediately piled on with the “racism” cries, some even claiming that “infestation” was a racist code word, rather than the accurate term used when you have a whole, big bunch of rats in one place.  For instance, I’ve been writing for months about the rat infestation in downtown Los Angeles and never even considered the race of people living there.  Those stories were all about letting homeless people squat anywhere they want and spread garbage that the city lets pile up which has led to the return of medieval diseases like typhus, and none of this has anything to do with race, but with the terrible policies of the liberal city government.  In fact, I’d mention predictions that the plague could return, but it’s obvious from looking at many of America’s cities that we already have a plague, and it’s in the form of decades of Democratic rule. 

It’s much easier for officials in Baltimore and liberals who want anything to throw at Trump, to accuse him of racism for calling parts of Baltimore “rat-infested.”  But that overlooks the fact that it’s also apparently infested with hypocrites.  For instance, the Baltimore Sun newspaper ran a vicious editorial attacking Trump and calling him a “rat.”  But a quick search of the paper’s own website turns up 527 stories with the word “rats” and 34 with the phrase “rat infested.”  One was about former Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh (herself African-American) being caught on camera while touring an East Baltimore neighborhood, complaining about the smell of all the rats and asking why the whole area couldn’t be razed. Incidentally, she left office in May due to a kickback scandal, and her replacement, Democratic Mayor Bernard Young blasted Trump for insulting Baltimore. 

My favorite example, though, was Bernie Sanders, who assailed Trump before it came out that in 2015, after a tour of the same area, Bernie compared it to having to live under a Third World dictatorship like North Korea (where the only reason there are no rats is because people had to eat them to survive.)  

As the war of words raged on, Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) called Trump racist, while others who’d actually been to that area of Baltimore pointed out that he didn’t mention anyone’s race, he’d mentioned rats – and Baltimore has been rated by Orken pest control as the 6th most rat-infested city in America (all of the top ten are run by Democrats, by the way – Baltimore’s last Republican Mayor, Theodore McKeldin, left office in 1967.)

Even PBS aired a documentary last year about the Baltimore rats (not a sports team) called “Rat Film,” and if anyone accused PBS of being racist, I haven’t heard about it. Here’s more about the general subject of how ratty parts of Baltimore are, for those who just can’t get enough.

It appears that neither side is willing to let this drop and, as we say in the South, “Get back to their rat-killin’.”  Yes, that’s an actual Southern saying, because in the South, we actually kill rats.  In fact, if there is an upside to all this, maybe the Democrats running Baltimore will finally clean up the blight and remove the rats, if for no other reason than to show up Trump.  Just as he forced Nancy Pelosi to defend “The Squad” and made them the face of the Democratic Party with just a few tweets, he’s now forced Democrats to defend the rat-infested areas created by decades of one-party Democratic rule or clean them up.  Maybe this free method will finally force Baltimore Democratic officials to help the residents of those struggling neighborhoods. Talk about turning Trump-hate to good use!

I’ll have more to say on this, but I’m going to do it in a second part, so that those of weaker stomachs can skip over all the rat talk.  So in conclusion of this part, let me just say three things:

1.  If I were Governor of Arkansas and someone accused me of presiding over a rat infestation, I would understandably be offended (although I wouldn’t cry about it, like a certain CNN correspondent.)

2.  Before I fired back, though, I’d check with the exterminator to make sure it wasn’t true.

3.  I would never assume that someone was suggesting that a dirty, rat-infested area was that way because of the race of the people living there, because that’s genuinely racist in itself. 

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  • Diane C. Rowlands

    08/02/2019 06:03 PM

    If Cummings is going to carry on about the horrible conditions at the border, then he is certainly hypocrite since Baltimore is worse and he’s in charge and he gets federal funding to help the city.

  • Richard Davis

    08/01/2019 09:20 AM

    I sure hope that cities, towns & states controlled by republicans will read and heed your comment in #2 above and clean up their cities. You can be sure that CNN and others probably already have camera crews out looking for proof that republicans also run similar cities.

  • Michael

    07/30/2019 06:47 PM

    Governor: Very good articles on Baltimore and the reality of their "rat infested" city even though their representative, Elijah Cummings has received millions of dollars for his district. Where's the accountability for where and what this money was spent for. It definitely wasn't spent on exterminating the rats or cleaning up the filth. And what is up with all these major cities, controlled by Democrats- yet the people still vote for Democrats !!! What do they think after years of this, that the Democrats are going to just wave a magic wand and fix the problems they said they would. They just lie and use propaganda.

    Anytime the Democrats are raising hell and attacking Trump it is all a distraction of what they are up to or hiding. The Democrats have such a proven history of running our once great cities into the ground. They have a proven history of lying and cheating. They have a proven history of an agenda that is actually against America. And who is right there with them- the mainstream media. Why anyone listens to them is beyond me. When the President said the mainstream media is the Enemy of the People- he wasn't wrong, he was so right.

    So I hope that many conservative news outlets will be showing us pictures of Baltimore and these other major cities of filth and rats (rodents) that are and have been controlled by Democrats. The President is calling them out and good for him, but it needs to be more than just him, it needs to be many other Democrats. Let America and Americans know the truth about Baltimore and these other Democratic controlled cities. And now we continue to have loud mouth Elijah Cummings and Al Sharpton, once again running their mouths and spewing their hate and disrespect towards our President, our Homeland Security personnel and Border Patrol. And the Dems, mainstream media once again throwing out the word and tactic of calling the President "racist" and many other labels. But that is what they are best at. The Dems hate facts and truth about anything, especially when they've been in control, but facts and truth is what America needs. The Republicans better be keeping track of all that has happened with the Democrats, especially after they took control of the House in the 2018 election and start pointing out facts and truth!
    I hope America and Americans really wake up before 2020. Do we as a majority want the Elijah Cummings, the squad of four and many others representing this country? I hope and pray not.

  • rodney burke

    07/30/2019 06:38 PM

    as the saying is, they have nothing left so everything is racist. This shows clearly the desperation of the halfwits. They KNOW when declas comes out and the IG that they are in DEEP rat droppings. The corruption in dem cities is now so obvious it can't be denied.. Baltimore is a civic failure. And the list goes on. There is NO dem run city that is a success. NONE. This only goes to emphasize the party of failure and poverty. What has it DONE for the American people living in their cities in the last 55 years? The answer is obvious right in front of our face. DT was right to point out the shortcomings of Cummings. The libs need to grow up and take responsibility for their blatant, documented failures. And I am sure you can list at LEAST 30 over the last 20 years.

  • arturo devitalis

    07/30/2019 05:07 PM

    When as a young boy when a planned ending to a project didn't turn out as expected, I too would say "rats"

  • William Rohman

    07/30/2019 12:54 PM

    How about the rats in New York City?????

  • James Daniel Marshall

    07/30/2019 11:53 AM

    His comments weren't actually racist. They were ratist. The Dems just missed the spelling error.

  • Gail L Turnbull

    07/30/2019 10:13 AM

    1. Audit the City of Baltimore, especially concerning those managing rat blighted neighborhoods. How are public funds spent? Who is getting $$$... which contractors and who in city government are they related to.
    2. Give pest management of Baltimore to the Governor. Hogan will get it done. He's not a Dem... rather a liberal Republican, but at least not a Dem.
    3. Not an additional dollar of Federal Taxpayer money should be given to Baltimore, LA, Chicago, any of the rat blighted cities. Let the electorate figure out that Dems in leadership leads to rat problems.

  • john C hashagen

    07/30/2019 09:08 AM

    The use of the word "racist" has become so very common that it has no meaning. The Left, Liberals, and the Media, use the word to evoke hate toward our president and it is now failing as the use now has little or no meaning.

  • Byron Love

    07/30/2019 09:04 AM

    The pest control company you mentioned is "Orkin," not "Orken." Really love your web site. It is one of the few I read EVERY day. Thanks so much.
    Byron Love

  • Don Race

    07/30/2019 08:46 AM

    As long as we are talking about Baltimore, it should be mentioned that Nancy Pelosi grew up there -- her daddy, Tommy D'Alasandro was the mayor when she was a little girl. That began her training on how to destroy San Francisco. I knew Tommy. He was a dishonest, immoral, unethical but very clever politician. That apple is right there under the tree -- probably brought some of the rats with her.

  • Amelia Little

    07/30/2019 03:54 AM

    It's getting old (well, has been for a while) for all this garbage of msm and politicians lying about what the President said and then ranting and raving on about it for days. He said NOTHING disparaging about the PEOPLE in cummings' district, except about how cummings' doesn't do a good job for those people. I had to laugh about the fellow how worked really hard to start crying about Baltimore. I listened again, and sure enough, he "got out" when he left for college. Didn't say a word about going back to Baltimore after he got out of college. Of course, he probably wouldn't be owning or even renting a home in that district.

  • Patricia Smith

    07/30/2019 12:24 AM

    Very accurate description of the situation. I’ve had several friends over the past many years who have lived in Baltimore suburbs but would not live in Baltimore. They said it wasn’t safe!

  • Toni DeFronzo

    07/29/2019 11:10 PM

    Why can the citizens not see the horrible problems, and have a good, old fashioned uprising? Do they believe their leaders care about them, because they have free welfare checks? The rats in NY, Philadelphia, Chicago and Baltimore have been rampant for years! San Francisco and Los Angeles are working hard to compete with them, by piling up garbage in the streets. There will surely be a plague, in the near future. I do not care about the lazy adults, but my heart hurts for the children, raised in filth.

  • Barney Flint

    07/29/2019 09:15 PM

    Gov Huckabee, How I wish I were more literate so that I could articulate my feelings and opinions more concisely. I really enjoy and appreciate your keeping us up to date on the reality of what is happening in DC. I truly fear for our great country and I am getting too old to aid in the defense even though I will if it comes to that. At 73 and retired military I still live the oath I took when signing up to serve two times. I had a break and went back in after 15 yrs out. Some days I get so incensed watching the opinion articles or reading the opinion articles that are passed off as "news".

  • Anita Mae Barker

    07/29/2019 09:09 PM

    How can the people live there? And, keep voting in the Demoncrats?

  • Sherrie McIntyre

    07/29/2019 08:49 PM

    Racist, racist. That's all anyone hears anymore. Don't dare speak the truth or you 'll be labeled a racist.

  • Larry Weldon

    07/29/2019 08:38 PM

    You keep doing it; six times you used the term democratic when you should use democrat. They are no more democratic than Republicans - and most Republicans I know actually espouse democratic principles more than the so called democrats to whom you refer.

  • Donna

    07/29/2019 08:27 PM

    More about Maryland political history... poor Baltimore City..... wish we could free it from whoever is controlling it... not sure who that is...

  • Donna

    07/29/2019 08:16 PM

    It’s a funny thing when you are close to a news story ... there sure is a lot left out of these superficial national news stories. I live in Elijah Cummings’ Congressional District Maryland’s seventh district. They gerrymandered it to Take West Baltimore city which is really rough and really poor North Avenue etc. etc., and paired it with a good portion of Howard County which is the third or fourth or something like that county with the highest medium income in the United States. And also pulled in northern Baltimore County which would be predominately Republican and somewhat rural at least by Maryland standards. Maryland state legislators and governors love to gerrymander like crazy. The different parts of the district are like day and night to the max. Howard County has some of the best schools in the state, I think northern Baltimore County is rich horse country with beautiful land up there. West Baltimore… Freddy gray six police officers dragged through a terrible year or more than everything was dropped. One Police officer was shot in the head with his own gun the day before he was to testify against other police officers… given a huge processional funeral carried live by local news stations just to have the official report say he committed suicide. Something is terribly wrong in Baltimore city and I don’t think it’s the people, I think it’s some of the people in power.
    Don’t know if that includes Cummings.... his wife recently became the head of the Maryland Democrat party replacing media Chris Matthews’ wife a year ago or so. And Nancy Pelosi’s father and brother were both mayors of Baltimore, her dad with rumored ties to organized crime. Baltimore City is the heroin capital of the world and the place where In 1994 6000 ballots without signatures were found and used to defeat Republican Gov candidate Ellen Sauerbrey by 5000 some votes statewide. It’s hard to figure out who is lying more some media or some elected officials.

  • Jerry Korba

    07/29/2019 07:55 PM

    When people do not get out of their environment they can not understand the way of life others have. I do not live in a 10 million dollar home I have an idea what it might be like really nice. I worked saved bought a home elected lawmakers that kept my neighborhood free of rats they used zoning laws and permits to build codes for plumbing and electricity water and sewer and so on all these acts took planning and brains to keep our communities not to be named Baltimore Md. Although things may change with slimy lawmakers and Racist Representatives I can see why communities become Baltimore. Mike if you happen to see E. Cummings the game is over for him He needed someone to help him plan the set up of his city he could have asked Donald Trump to build his district with him using building codes Cummings could have gone to Rudy G. for advice to police his district he could have gone to Bill Bennett for advice to better his school system the people he went for help was the Democratic Party they taught him Government handouts corrupt legislation and that Mr. Cummings is how you get Baltimore. For over 20 years Cummings someone read you the right book to be a looser its called the Democratic hand book to the bottom. And now your on the bottom looking up Race has nothing to do with it you were lazy and still are. You just asked the wrong people for help.

  • Ralph Smith

    07/29/2019 07:52 PM

    Good response to the non-racial rodent issue in Baltimore, Mike. I just paid significant attention to a Fox News interview by Sandra Smith with the current HUD Regional Administrator. Her facts were very illuminating. According to her, Cummings district got $16 Billion in funding in 2018. Much more than under Obama. Now, perhaps we need to find out where that went instead of claiming the President should be offering to contribute to the infestation solution in Baltimore. Seems to me that there may be other “rats” in this woodpile (Old southern saying).

  • William Schlumpf

    07/29/2019 06:54 PM

    I think we all know by now calling trump a racist no matter what he says or does is a goebbellian attempt to have the gullible believe he is one despite his life's record to the contrary. Then when real racists are caught in the act as long as they have a (d) next to their name they are given a free pass and their real racist acts are forgotten. But when a man points out the obvious that Democrats have an abysmal record of governance they resort to calling him a racist while the city crumbles around them. I listen to these seething leftist "journalists" actually journalistas and their democratic accomplice "interviewees" spin and fabricate and when all else fails throw out the race card on Bloomberg radio, sunday afternoons. I do so for entertainment purposes only as all I can do when I listen to the likes of jake tapper and chuck Todd and George stephanopoulos is laugh. I bet laughing at chuck todd and jake tapper and George stephanopoulos is racist according to them. Kinda odd they are always obsessing over race. Guess they have nothing serious to think about. Thanks for the laughs, george, jake and chuck!
    P. S. I really miss debbie Wasserman schultz. She made me laugh so hard time and time again I couldn't drive my car because of the tears in my eyes.

  • Shelley Jordan

    07/29/2019 06:45 PM

    Excellent Evening Edition! We know how to take care of the rats in the south and "other important issues" instead of making a fuss and changing the meaning of a topic.

  • David Wilson

    07/29/2019 06:24 PM

    It's amazing to me that the inbreeding of the democratic party over the last decades it's destroying the fabric of some of our largest cities in the country. I'm so proud of President Trump in turning the table of these Democrats and having them look at the truth of what's going on in their cities. I sayprayers for the people that prayers for the people that have to live in that squalor and see no way out. In my experience there always is a way out but you have to be willing to take that first step which can be very uncomfortable for some people who have mental challenged situations and have not reached out for help. There is always places like the salvation army were you can turn as well as many churches in that area that have beds for people to stay. but the fact is there a congressional representative Elijah Cummings rather than throwing stones at President Donald J Trump should look in the mirror over the decades he sat there in line his pockets without care for the condition of Baltimore. God help us and God help the citizens of Baltimore and the other major cities that are rat infested as well.