President Trump spent a lot of time attacking House member Elijah Cummings (D. MD). One person who should have had Cummings’ back is fellow House member Mark Meadows (R. NC). That is not the case, however.
Cummings stood by Meadows earlier this year when Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D. MI) accused the latter of racism, going as far as calling Meadows one of his “best friends.” Meadows was slow to return the favor, however, in the wake of Trump’s attacks on Cummings and the Baltimore district he represents.
When Meadows finally did issue a reply, it came two days later and second-hand, delivered live on air by CNN contributor and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum. The statement was a perfect distillation of the way Republicans have tip-toed around Trump’s inflammatory language about race — and avoided criticizing the President directly.
“No one works harder for his district than Elijah. He’s passionate about the people he represents, and no, Elijah is not a racist,” Santorum read aloud. The statement also absolved the President of being a racist and included a promise by Meadows to “go to Baltimore with President Trump to see what they could do to remediate some of the problems they have there.”
As Scott Dworkin shows, Meadows reluctance to show the same support for Cummings as Cummings showed for him, refusal to condemn Trump’s racist attacks, and Tlaib’s claims of Meadow’s racism, shouldn’t be surprise to anyone, as he doesn’t exactly have a great track record:
Wonder why Mark Meadows, who claimed he was friends with Chairman Elijah Cummings, isn’t speaking out against Trump’s racism? It’s because Meadows is racist too. Here’s video of him being racist re: Obama: “We’ll send him back to Kenya, or wherever it is.” pic.twitter.com/F5w3UiTeEm
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 29, 2019
The “send him back” language sound familiar? It’s one of the common refrains sung by unabashed racists like Mark Meadows and Donald Trump.