POTUS Spotlights Astonishing Corruption

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Welcome to Baltimore, America’s 4th most corrupt city–and one of the filthiest. Pictured: Rep. Elijah Cummings and three former (disgraced) Baltimore mayors: Catherine Pugh (lower left), Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (top right), and Sheila Dixon (lower right).

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You might think that Baltimore is a third-world country. The filth and corruption are among the worst in the US. Yet, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who represents Baltimore, attacked DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan in House hearings regarding the border on July 18. He accused McAleenan of housing migrant children in deplorable conditions, making them sit in their own filth, and suggested that McAleenan did not consider the children to be human beings.

McAleenan responded said they were doing the best they could. In truth, lawmakers bear responsibility for not releasing funds and refusing to write legislation to deal with the problems.

Over the weekend, the President fired back, putting a spotlight on the deplorable conditions in Cummings’ home district of Baltimore. Trump’s Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney went on the Sunday news shows to challenge Cummings’ assessment of DHS, and pointed out that Cummings has not been to the border since at least the days of the Obama administration. He added, “And when the president hears lies like that, he is going to fight back.

And fight back, he did.

Here’s what President Trump tweeted:

“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 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

Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!”

“Racist” or Realist?

While the media, Hollywood, and anti-Trump politicians loudly and proudly called the President a racist—or worse—several pieces of the truth are coming to light:

1. Baltimore is a Human Trafficking Hub

Baltimore was second only to the Southern District of New York in human trafficking charges last year. Fifteen people were indicted by the feds; 14 were related to sex-trafficking and one was related to labor-trafficking.

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2. Baltimore is Infested

In December, 2015, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), likened Baltimore to a third world country; the editorial board of the Baltimore Sun agreed, calling the city a “filthy, trashy mess.”

The former mayor of Baltimore, Catherine Pugh, was recorded on video in 2018 saying, “Whoa, you can smell the rats,” and exclaiming an entire neighborhood should be taken down.

People in Cummings’ district confirmed that it is infested with rats the size of cats, which run through people’s homes. The Department of Public Works sent out flyers warning that trash and animal waste attracts the rats, and asking residents to remove it. Yet there is trash everywhere and garbage piled up high in the street.

Murders, shootings, drugs, and crime run rampant. One resident blamed the problem on lack of jobs. A 2018 article by the Baltimore Sun named the root cause of the problem: fatherlessness.

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3. Baltimore’s Politicians are Corrupt

Baltimore is the 4th most corrupt city in the US. For example, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Elijahs’ wife, runs a nonprofit called the Center for Global Policy Solutions and a for-profit consulting firm called Global Policy Solutions LLC. She has received millions of dollars from groups who want favors from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform—which her husband chairs.

  • Both organizations use Rockeymoore’s address and her personal phone number. She is sole employee of each, receives a salary of upwards of $225,000, and is also paid a five percent management fee.
  • In 2017, both GPS groups were selected for matching grants of $1 million and $5 million for the same project. The for-profit and the nonprofit have exchanged significant amounts of money.
  • A complaint was filed with the IRS and another with the state’s attorney’s office, asking for further investigation.

4. Baltimore Got $1.8 billion–has nothing to show for it

Under President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka the Stimulus Bill (remember Cash for Clunkers?) Baltimore received $1.8 billion. That was based on the rationale that a decrease in private spending in cities like Baltimore could be offset by sending tax dollars to blighted cities. The money supposedly went towards education, the environment, “family,” infrastructure, transportation, housing and job training.

That large sum of money would have made a big difference, or so one would think. Perhaps it didn’t because the local politicians have been lining their own pockets and stealing from constituents.

5. Baltimore’s last three mayors have left office in disgrace.

  • Mayor Catherine Pugh stepped down in May after being caught “self-dealing” her children’s book series—which means the buyers of the books were entities that she had influence over or that were in a position to do business with the City.
  • Mayor Sheila Dixon was convicted for stealing gift cards that were supposed to go to the poor. She used them to purchase several fur coats and designer shoes for herself. She did not serve jail time.
  • Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake decided not to run again following the death of Freddie Gray and the riots against police in 2015. The situation brought national attention when Gray died in police custody and Rawlings-Blake agreed that the death was due to racism. Later, all six officers involved were exonerated.

Why this Matters: Cummings blames the President for the state of crime and decay in urban areas, yet Cummings is now serving his 13th term in Congress.

In 2016, Cummings’ daughter was using his official congressional vehicle license tag to drive for Lyft. Jesus might have been talking about Cummings when He said that the one who is unfaithful in the small things, will be unfaithful in the bigger things.

Others are taking a personal interest in helping, such as Scott Presler, a Republican and social media entrepreneur. Presler tours the country in order to register voters and support the black community, but next week he is organizing a group of people to clean up Baltimore. He says that the response to #WeAreBaltimore from those who want to help has been overwhelming.

As citizens, we share responsibility for the condition of our homeland. Corrupt politicians make it an uphill battle, but with Christ and a little effort, all things are possible.

How to Pray: Thank God that the President has chosen to spotlight this mess. Pray for the light to shine on all of it, that the citizens will recognize who has been stealing from them, and vote these people out of office. Pray the exposure will spread to other areas and justice and judgment will come for the poor in our country. Pray for the safety and success of Scott Presler and those who are helping him. May they have provision from the Lord.

1 Cor. 6:9-11 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

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