Donald Trump Told 'Keep Baltimore Out of Your Mouth' by Mayoral Candidate After Debate Mention

Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott told President Donald Trump to butt out of his town late on Tuesday after the president made some critical remarks about the Maryland city.

Trump mentioned Baltimore and a number of other cities during the first presidential debate of the 2020 election with former Vice President Joe Biden. He was making his "law and order" pitch.

"During the Obama-Biden administration, there was tremendous division. There was hatred. You look at Ferguson, you look at, or you go to very... Many places, look at Oakland," Trump said.

"Look what happened in Oakland. Look what happened in Baltimore. Look what happened... Frankly, it was more violent than what I'm even seeing now," he said.

"But the reason," Trump went on as Biden also made comments, "is that the Democrats that run these cities [...] don't want to talk, like you, about law and order."

Scott, a Democrat, responded to Trump's remarks on Twitter. Scott is running for mayor of Baltimore on November 3. The current mayor, Jack Young, is also a Democrat.

I asked my staff and they told me not to buttttttttt," Scott tweeted. "@POTUS @realDonaldTrump unless you are bringing resources and addressing economic, racial, and environmental injustices in my city KEEP BALTIMORE OUT OF YOUR MOUTH."

I asked my staff and they told me not to buttttttttt@POTUS @realDonaldTrump unless you are bringing resources and addressing economic, racial, and environmental injustices in my city.


— Brandon M. Scott (@CouncilPresBMS) September 30, 2020

Earlier in the day, Scott had spoken to local radio station WYPR about the upcoming presidential election. Baltimore Democrats have urged voters to back Biden.

"This election is about the fabric of democracy and whether our country can come back from the last four years of embarrassment to elect people who can help us," Scott said.

He said the Trump campaign "depends on us feeling like the entire system is so broken that we won't participate," adding: "Filling out and sending back that ballot is the most important thing you can do."

Trump has mentioned Baltimore several times as part of his criticism of Democrats and his "law and order" messaging. On September 6, he suggested the majority Black city is crime-ridden.

"Be smart Baltimore! You have been ripped off for years by the Democrats, & gotten nothing but poverty & crime. It will only get worse UNLESS YOU ELECT [Republican candidate] KIMBERLY KLACIK TO CONGRESS. She brings with her the power & ECONOMIC STRENGTH OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY," Trump tweeted.

"She works sooo hard Baltimore will turn around, and I will help. Crime will go way down, money and jobs will pour in. Life will be MUCH better because Kimberly really cares. The Dems have had 100 years and they gave you nothing but heartache," he said.

Donald Trump Participates in the Presidential Debate
U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the first presidential debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. This is the first of three planned debates between the two candidates in the lead up to the election on November 3. The president of Baltimore City Council has hit out his remarks about the city. Win McNamee/Getty Images