POTUS Needs To Learn It's Now What You Say, But How You Say It

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In an editorial, the Baltimore Sun compared the President Of The United States to a rat.

The paper ran the Headline "Better To have A Few Rats Than To Be One" over an article blasting the President for a series of tweets about The City Of Baltimore directed at their Congressman, Elijah Cummings.

The newspaper threw the counterpunch after The President said Cummings's Baltimore district is infested with rats, as their war of words escalates.

 

The president has used the loaded word infested before to describe minority members of Congress, including earlier this month when he suggested that four congresswomen of color, all American citizens, "Go back and help fix the total broken and crime-infested places from which they came."

The President has made a habit of going after his political enemies on Twitter, and the country is used to his sometime harsh language he uses towards his opponents. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that's the most effective way of dealing with the conflict that Washington DC provides day after day.

 

There aren't too many credible people who disagree with the fact behind The President's comments. Parts of Baltimore have been in a state of constant decay for a generation, as evidenced by the riots following the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore had 343 homicides in 2017. The City of Cleveland had 133.

 

But when the morning shows kicked off their Monday morning coverage, very few networks spent time on the very real problems that the citizens of Baltimore face daily. Most of the media was caught up connecting these tweets to President Trump's previous tweets about the four Progressive Democrats in the house known as "The Squad."

If the President's intent is to let the public know about the problems that are plaguing the Maryland 7th district, he would have better served to use less incendiary language. He cannot change people's minds while insulting them and the leaders they respect.

 

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