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Mick Mulvaney to Fox News: Trump Baltimore Tweets Weren’t Racist

Any job inside a White House Cabinet is filled with challenges and difficulty. For Donald Trump’s cabinet, those challenges are magnified by the fact that they often have to defend the President’s offensive statements. Trump created a new firestorm yesterday by firing off a racist tweet about Congressman Elijah Cumming’s Maryland district.

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This morning, Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, appeared on Fox News with Chris Wallace and attempted to explain the comments. Like the President, Mulvaney was unapologetic about the tweet and claimed the comments were not racist.

Doubling down on the remarks, Mulvaney told the host:

“If I had poverty in my district like they have in Baltimore, if I had crime in my district like they have in Chicago, if I had homelessness in my district like they have in San Francisco, and I spent all of my time in Washington, D.C., chasing down this Mueller investigation, this bizarre impeachment crusade, I’d get fired. I think the president is right to raise that. It had nothing to do with race.”

A skeptical Wallace responded, “Infested. It sounds like vermin. It sounds subhuman. And theses are all six members of Congress who are people of color.”

Mulvaney then accused the host of, “spending way too much time reading between the lines.” “I’m not reading between the lines. I’m reading the lines,” said Wallace.

The President made no attempts to diffuse the situation on Sunday morning. In fact, he tweeted, “The Democrats always play the Race Card, when in fact they have done so little for our Nation’s great African American people. Now, lowest unemployment in U.S. history, and only getting better. Elijah Cummings has failed badly!”