Fox News Host Sean Hannity Says He'd Take a Border Detention Center Where People 'Are Not Dying' Over Baltimore

Fox News host Sean Hannity said he would choose life in a migrant detention center over life in "some of these liberal cities" such as Baltimore, the city at the center of a brouhaha between the president and a senior Democrat.

Hannity made the comments during his show Monday night after U.S. President Donald Trump labeled Baltimore a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" in a series of attacks on Representative Elijah Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat and chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

Cummings is a vocal critic of Trump and his administration on a range of issues, including the treatment of undocumented migrants at the southern border, and his committee is running broad investigations into the president.

"None of us would want to be in a detention center. I'm being very clear about that," Hannity said amid reports of human rights abuses, infant deaths, sexual assaults, and other mistreatment at the facilities holding undocumented migrants picked up by border patrol agents.

"But, you know what...people are safe, people have recreational activities, soccer fields, food, water, medicine, medical attention, baby formula, diapers, cots, blankets, and pillows—and they're not dying like they are in some of these liberal cities.

"Not ideal—don't break our laws, respect our laws and borders and sovereignty, and you don't have to be there—but if I'm choosing, let's see, Baltimore, let's see, a mile from Nancy Pelosi's house on the street, I think I'm taking the detention center that The Squad wouldn't vote for."

Hannity's reference to The Squad—the nickname for four progressive Democrats in the House, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley—is about their voting against a Senate immigration bill that passed the House a couple of weeks back.

That bill, regarded as a loss for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, allocated more resources to the southern border, including aid for those held in detention centers. The Squad argued that not enough concessions were given for Democratic support.

"Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous," Trump tweeted Saturday.

"His district is considered the Worst in the USA. As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.

"If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place."

Trump's critics accused him of racism over the attack on Cummings and the majority-African American district, and of hypocrisy for not making the same criticisms of white Republican lawmakers who represent constituencies whose problems are even worse than Baltimore's.

The president hit back on Twitter: "If racist Elijah Cummings would focus more of his energy on helping the good people of his district, and Baltimore itself, perhaps progress could be made in fixing the mess that he has helped to create over many years of incompetent leadership. His radical 'oversight' is a joke!"

Representative Mark Meadows, a colleague of Cummings on the oversight committee and a North Carolina Republican who is also a staunch supporter of President Trump, defended both men in a statement delivered on CNN via former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.

"No one works harder for his district than Elijah. He is passionate about the people he represents and no, Elijah is not a racist," Meadows said. "I am friends with both men, President Trump and Chairman Cummings, I know them both well, and neither is a racist."

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Fox News host Sean Hannity is seen in the White House briefing room in Washington, D.C., on January 24, 2017. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images