You can imagine the shock felt by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D.-Md, last week. He’s not used to facing withering criticism and certainly not used to having his feet held to the fire. No, he’s usually on the other end, doling out invectives aimed at cowering Republicans, afraid to fire back for fear of the inevitable charge of racism.

But other Republicans aren’t Donald Trump.

Cummings has served as a member of Congress since 1996, and his current term doesn’t expire until 2021. That will mark one-quarter century of continuous representation of Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, which encompasses some of the poorest areas of Baltimore. Prior to serving in Congress, the 68-year-old served 14 years in the Maryland House of Delegates.

He has risen in rank to head the powerful House Oversight Committee. But while he continues to increase his personal professional profile, his constituents continue to bear the brunt of failed policies that trap them in deplorable living conditions.

He also has been a constant critic of Trump, a cheerleader for impeachment and a harsh critic of ICE and Border Patrol agents.

On Saturday, Trump fired back and — as he typically does — did so on Twitter and did not hold back.

“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. “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. Cummings’ 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 was immediately called a racist by left-wing pundits, politicians and other assorted opportunists who never miss a chance to stoke the fires of racism.

Never mind not a word of Trump’s tweet was racist, unless you consider calling out a career politician, who happens to be black, for his lack of accomplishments in his home district, racist.

On cue, professional protagonists pounced.

Rev. Al Sharpton jumped into the fray, claiming Trump was playing a “race-divisive card,” without a smidgen of a sense of irony. This coming from somebody who was complicit in one of the biggest race hoaxes ever in the Tawana Brawley matter and whose rhetoric has been credited in large part to enflaming racial tensions that led to the violence and riots in the Bensonhurst and Crown Heights areas of Brooklyn.

Brace yourself Baltimore, Sharpton is on his way.

Sharpton has always been good at gaming the system for personal gain. He even sold his life story for $531,000 to the National Action Network, his own charity.

Socialist millionaire presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, D.-Vt., couldn’t resist, either.

“It’s unbelievable that we have a president of the United States who attacks American cities, who attacks Americans,” he told CNN.

Yet, in 2015 he was highly critical of Baltimore’s living conditions.

“You would think that you were in a Third World country,” he said according to the Baltimore Sun after taking a tour of the area.

“Today what we’re talking about is a community in which half of the people don’t have jobs. We’re talking about a community in which there are hundreds of buildings that are uninhabitable.”

As for the rats and vermin? Former Baltimore Mayor Katherine Pugh can back that up.

While touring a Baltimore neighborhood with a TV station in 2018, Pugh clearly was taken aback by what she saw ... and smelled.

“What the hell? We should take all this sh*t down,” she was recorded saying.

“Whoa, you can smell the rats. Whew, Jesus. Oh my God, you can smell the dead animals.”

Throwing funds at the city certainly hasn’t helped.

Lynne Patton, Department of Housing and Urban Development regional administrator, said Monday “President Trump has given $16 billion in 2018 alone to Elijah Cummings’ district in federal grants. We have given more money in homeless funds to Baltimore than the last administration. We have given more money in community development grants.’”

She then asked the most important question: “What are you actually doing with the money so that it benefits residents in the community for once instead of deep-pocket, crooked politicians?”

No wonder Cummings is reeling.

The tired false flag racist accusations aren’t scoring against Trump and the troubling facts speak for themselves.

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