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The Baltimore Sun has editorialized about the trash and rat problem the city faces, yet the Sun –and many other mainstream media outlets — accused President Trump of being racist for identifying problems in Baltimore by criticizing its congressman, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

According to the mainstream media, any criticism of their policies or failure of leadership is racist or sexist, yet the mainstream media didn’t say it was racist when Bernie Sanders compared Baltimore to a “third world country.”

The Baltimore Sun in 2015 reported:

“Hoping to reach African-American voters nationally in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday toured the West Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested — and likened the poverty he observed to that of the Third World.

The independent senator, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, walked the streets of Sandtown-Winchester for about 20 minutes, joined by community leaders and a swarm of cameras that mostly blocked his view of boarded rowhomes and crumbling marble steps. A handful of residents joined the spectacle, occasionally breaking out in chants of Gray’s name.

The scene provided dramatic visuals of the economic inequality Sanders has made the center of his campaign, offering a new backdrop from which to argue for a higher minimum wage, tuition-free public college and tougher federal regulations of the nation’s banking sector.

‘Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think you’re in a wealthy nation,’ Sanders told reporters later at the Freddie Gray Empowerment Center in Bolton Hill. ‘You would think that you were in a Third World country.’”

President Trump is identifying the sanitation problems facing Baltimore, including population declines since 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Baltimore had the highest murder rate of any big city in the nation in 2017 (most recent statistics)–343 murders in 2017, or 56 murders per 100,000 of the population – the highest murder rate in Baltimore history. And it wasn’t racist when then-mayor Catherine Pugh, less than a year ago, complained about being able to “smell the rats.”

The Baltimore Sun called the remarks “indelicate” but not racist, reporting: “Video footage of Mayor Catherine Pugh touring an East Baltimore neighborhood has gone viral after she is heard making some indelicate remarks.

The segment, which looks back on the mayor’s violence-reduction initiative rolled out last year, was filmed last week and aired this week on Fox 45.

In the footage, Pugh tours an area of vacant houses with city leaders and says: “What the hell? We should just take all this [expletive] down.”

And then:

“Whoa, you can smell the rats.”

“Whew, Jesus.”

“Oh, my God, you can smell the dead animals.”

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