MSNBC's Joy Reid Mocks Trump's Mar-A-Lago Infestations After Cummings Attacks: 'Rust, Mold & Parasites... 78 Health Violations'

MSNBC host Joy Reid on Sunday ridiculed Donald Trump over Mar-a-Lago's long history of infestations after the president called Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings' Baltimore district a "rat and rodent infested mess" this weekend.

Trump called Cummings "a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border," in a series of tweets on Saturday, where he also attacked the congressman's Baltimore district. The president's remarks came after Cummings, chair of the House Oversight Committee, called the treatment of detained migrant children near the southern U.S.-Mexico border "government-sponsored child abuse."

"His Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA," Trump tweeted. "Cumming [sic] 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."

Reid discussed Trump's attacks against Cummings, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has labeled "racist," with an MSNBC panel during a segment on Sunday's Joy Am.

"I'm sorry. When we talk about infestations," a panel guest said, referencing Trump's criticisms of Baltimore, "I think it's silly because over the last four years, Mar-a-Lago has had maybe four or five violations."

"Let's find it," Reid said, looking through her notes.

"Rust, mold, parasites. Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago cited for 78 health violations in the last three years," the host said, reading an extract from an April 2017 Associated Press article in the Los Angeles Times. "Trump's Mar-a-Lago is full of parasites. It's infested."

"Unsafe seafood. Insufficiently refrigerated meats. Rusty shelving. Cooks without hairnets," the article reads. "Reports show Florida health inspectors cited President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort with 15 violations in late January, days before the U.S. leader hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a diplomatic visit."

The Associated Press noted that the January inspection was "not the first time authorities have found problems at Mar-a-Lago," and went on to reveal that the club had been "cited 78 times for violations" over the last three years due to various issues including chefs using dirty cutting boards, handling food without washing their hands, and an accumulation of "black/green mold-like substance" in the ice machine.

Despite facing widespread backlash, the president on Sunday afternoon continued to assert he was right to attack Cummings by calling the congressman a "racist" and arguing he should be saying, "Thank you, Mr. President," for the low African American unemployment rate allegedly achieved by his administration.

"There is nothing racist in stating plainly what most people already know, that Elijah Cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district, and of Baltimore itself. Dems always play the race card when they are unable to win with facts. Shame!," Trump wrote in a series of tweets on Sunday afternoon.

"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," the president continued, adding that Cummings' "'oversight' is a joke!"

Democratic lawmakers were not the only ones to condemn Trump over his remarks. The Baltimore Sun editorial board and the mayor of the city quickly moved to denounce the president and defend Cummings on Saturday afternoon.

Editors of the Baltimore Sun penned an op-ed — titled "Better to have a few rats than to be one" — criticizing Trump for "attacking an African American lawmaker from a majority black district on the most emotional and bigoted of arguments."

We "would above all remind Mr. Trump that the 7th District, Baltimore included, is part of the United States that he is supposedly governing," the Sun's editors wrote. The president is "still not fooling most Americans into believing he's even slightly competent in his current post."

Meanwhile, Baltimore Mayor "Jack" Young also strongly rebuked Trump's behavior. "It's completely unacceptable for the political leader of our country to denigrate a vibrant American city like Baltimore, and to viciously attack U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings a patriot and a hero," the politician said in a statement shared on Twitter. "Mr. Trump, you are a disappointment to the people of Baltimore, our country and to the world."

Tens of thousands of social media users joined the chorus of voices defending Cummings and the city of Baltimore by using the hashtag #WeAreBaltimore to show their support. The hashtag became the top trending term on Twitter in the U.S. on Saturday evening.

A new hashtag emerged on Sunday as the controversy over Trump's remarks continued to grow. #TrumpIsARat became a trending phrase by Sunday afternoon as thousands of Americans used it to turn Trump's insults against him. The line appeared to have been inspired by the Sun editorial, which ends with: "Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one."

Watch the MSNBC segment below:

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MSNBC host Joy Reid mocked Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago for having a long history of infestations on Sunday after the president called Democratic lawmaker Elijah Cummings' Baltimore district a "rat and rodent infested mess." MSNBC/Screenshot
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