When it comes to presidential candidates, we’re used to reporting about O’Malley and Carson. In a break from that new normal, The Donald descended on these parts last night for a speech to Republicans at the BWI Marriott. Instead of graciously thanking the area that was hosting him, Trump gave Baltimore a lecture.
According to Bloomberg, Trump started out praising the city:
“Baltimore is a very, very special case, and it’s a very sad thing that’s happening there. And I know Baltimore…and I love Baltimore, and I love what it represents, and where it’s gone, and now you look at what happened in one night, just in one night.”
But that was just a setup to criticize Obama, and then circle back to Baltimore:
“…there’s no spirit, there’s killings on an hourly basis, virtually, in places like Baltimore and Chicago, certain sections of Chicago, and many other places…Baltimore needs jobs, and it needs spirit. It’s got no spirit, none.”
Reporter Melinda Henneberger relays that Trump said he didn’t really want to come to Baltimore anyway, and only did so as a favor.