Evan Serpick, OSI-Baltimore’s director of strategic communications, was interviewed by Los Angeles radio station KNX about President Donald Trump’s attacks on Baltimore.
“I think most people in Baltimore see it as part of a racist pattern of demonizing people of color, demonizing opponents, really anyone, like Rep. Elijah Cummings, who has challenged him and challenged the way he’s leading the country,” he said.
In his tweets, President Trump described Baltimore as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” and suggested “No human being would want to live there.”
In the interview, Serpick suggested, “If Donald Trump really cared about the problems that people in Baltimore are facing there are a number of things he could have done. He promised infrastructure spending that never came for urban areas, his Education and HUD directors are not particularly friendly to public schools and housing. It seems clear to folks here that these tweets were not out of concern for the people of Baltimore. He was using Baltimore as a pawn to attack an opponent and I think people see that for what it is.”