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Civil rights leaders deride Trump's attacks on Baltimore

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Published on July 29, 2019 - Duration: 01:41s

Civil rights leaders deride Trump's attacks on Baltimore

Reverend Al Sharpton on Monday decried as racist President Donald Trump's tweets attacking a black Democratic lawmaker and insulting the city of Baltimore.

Zachary Goelman reports.

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Civil rights leaders deride Trump's attacks on Baltimore

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REVEREND AL SHARPTON, SAYING: "He attacks everybody.

I know Donald Trump.

He's not mature enough to take criticism.

He can't help it." U.S. civil rights leader Al Sharpton on Monday took aim at Donald Trump, labeling the president's scathing attacks on a black Democratic lawmaker and the city of Baltimore as both racist and part of a trend.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) REVEREND AL SHARPTON, SAYING: "He has a particular venom for blacks and people and color.

He doesn't refer to any of his other opponents or critics as "infested."" Trump once again provoked widespread accusations of racism by once again targeted a minority Democratic lawmaker.

The president over the weekend fired a volley of tweets savaging Congressman Elijah Cummings, who represents parts of the predominately African-American city of Baltimore.

Trump called Cummings' district "disgusting, rat and rodent infested," and said "no human being would want to live there." (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXCHANGE BETWEEN CBS NEWS ANCHOR MARGARET BRENNAN AND WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF MICK MULVANEY: Brennan: "No human being would want to live there." Mulvaney: "When Donald Trump attacks people-" Brennan: "This is being perceived as racist.

Do you understand why?" Mulvaney: "I understand why.

But that doesn't mean that it's racist." The White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday defended the president, saying Trump was angry about Representative Cummings's criticism over conditions at U.S. immigration detention centers.

Cummings is the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, which is looking into the treatment of migrants as well as Trump's own actions before and after taking office.... Trump on Sunday responded to the allegations of racism by calling Cummings a racist, without evidence.

The tweets about Cummings come in wake of Trump's attacks on four Democratic Congresswomen who are either black, Hispanic or Muslim, whom he told to go back to the places from which they came.

Those words were condemned as racist in a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ahead of Sharpton's remarks on Monday, the president called him "Just a conman at work!" (SOUNDBITE) (English) REVEREND AL SHARPTON, SAYING: "As far as me being a con man, if he really thought I was a con man, he'd be nominating me for his cabinet."

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