David Simon, creator of hit crime drama TV series The Wire, responded after Trump called Cummings a “brutal bully” and claimed the Democrat congressman’s Batltimore district was a “rat and rodent infested mess”.

Trump’s remarks referenced Cummings’ negative remarks at an immigration hearing on 18 July. In a heated exchange, Cummings shouted at acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan over the squalid conditions in facilities used to detain migrants, including unaccompanied children, at the southern border.

“What does that mean, when a child is sitting in their own faeces, can’t take a shower!’ Cummings asked. ‘Come on man, what’s that about?”

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Trump’s attack on Cummings also followed the Democrat’s move to subpoena new White House records on Thursday, and a Saturday morning segment on Fox and Friends contrasting Cumming’s concern for migrants at the border with conditions in his own district.

“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,” Trump tweeted.

“As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming [sic] 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 president continued.
He added: “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.