VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As U.S. President Donald Trump steps up his attack on Baltimore and one of its congressmen, the city and its people are getting support from a prominent Vancouverite.
University of British Columbia President Santa Ono grew up and worked in Baltimore and says the city has much to be proud of.
“It’s a place that means a lot to me. It’s a place that ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ the national anthem in the United States, was written, at Fort McHenry. There’s also extraordinary impact on what is the United States of America,” he says.
Trump has been disparaging Rep. Elijah Cummings, an influential black American congressman and his largely African-American district, which includes Baltimore, on Twitter.
So sad that Elijah Cummings has been able to do so little for the people of Baltimore. Statistically, Baltimore ranks last in almost every major category. Cummings has done nothing but milk Baltimore dry, but the public is getting wise to the bad job that he is doing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2019
Cummings is also the House Oversight Committee chairman, and at a hearing last week accused a top administration official of wrongly calling reports of filthy, overcrowded border facilities “unsubstantiated.”
Trump struck back with a personal attack on Cummings and his district, calling it a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”
Ono says he understands Baltimore has its challenges, but that these are shared by many cities in the United States and in Canada.
“It’s a city that matters quite a bit to me. It’s actually a pretty big district, and it has a lot to be proud of,” Ono says, adding his support is for the city and its people and is not meant to be a political statement.
“It’s important that we all rally around as individuals that live in these cities, to be supportive of individuals that are trying to address those issues.”
With files from The Associated Press.