Heard on the Hill

With Trump’s Baltimore tweets, life imitates ‘The Wire’ ... almost

When you walk through the (rose) garden …

Dominic West and Brandy Burre in a scene from the hit HBO show “The Wire” (Screenshot)

“The only way any of them will even find West Baltimore is if, I don’t know, Air Force One crash-lands into Monroe Street on its way back to Andrews. It just never connects.”

So says fictional homicide detective Jimmy McNulty to a Democratic campaign strategist in the HBO series “The Wire.” According to the murder cop, it doesn’t matter to his city who the president is, because none of them have ever cared enough to find it on a map.

Turns out the current occupant of the White House definitely knows where Baltimore is — he’s just not a fan.

Donald Trump has spent the last three days disparaging an American metropolis, rage-tweeting about the supposed squalor and crime of Charm City, calling it a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”

The president was responding to a segment on the Fox News morning show “Fox & Friends” depicting terrible conditions in parts of Baltimore. And he was lashing out at Rep. Elijah Cummings, whose 7th District includes parts of Baltimore. The 12-term Democratic congressman has been critical of conditions at border detention facilities and is leading multiple investigations into the president’s administration and businesses. 

The president’s critics are defending Cummings. Meanwhile, Trump’s Republican supporters are mostly remaining silent, as is the case with many of Trump’s Twitter controversies — because hey, “it’s all the game.”

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