Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital on account of problems from longstanding well being challenges, his congressional workplace stated. He was 68.
A sharecropper’s son, Cummings grew to become the highly effective chairman of a U.S. Home committee that investigated President Donald Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his black-majority district, which encompasses a big portion of Baltimore in addition to extra well-to-do suburbs.
As chairman of the Home oversight and reform committee, Cummings led a number of investigations of the president’s governmental dealings, together with probes in 2019 regarding the president’s members of the family serving within the White Home.
Trump responded by criticizing the Democrat’s district as a “rodent-infested mess” the place “no human being would wish to reside.” The feedback got here weeks after Trump drew bipartisan condemnation following his requires Democratic congresswomen of color to get out of the U.S. “proper now,” and return to their “damaged and crime-infested nations.”
Cummings replied that authorities officers should cease making “hateful, incendiary feedback” that solely serve to divide and distract the nation from its actual issues, together with mass shootings and white supremacy.
“These within the highest ranges of the federal government should cease invoking worry, utilizing racist language and inspiring reprehensible behaviour,” Cummings stated in a speech on the Nationwide Press Membership.