“A Bad, Bad Message”: What Marylanders Are Reading Ahead of Trump’s Baltimore Visit

CNN: Baltimore mayor says Trump sending ‘bad, bad message’ with plan to visit on Memorial Day

  • “‘I’m asking the President to rethink his trip. It sends a bad, bad message to the citizens of Baltimore because I’m asking them to stay home and only come out for essential reasons,’ Baltimore Mayor Bernard ‘Jack’ Young told CNN’s ‘Inside Politics’ on Friday.”
  • “Young argued Friday that it wouldn’t make sense for Trump to come to a city currently barring gatherings of more than 10 people when his entourage is sure to be larger than that. He also said the White House did not give the mayor’s office a heads-up to prepare for the visit and that it was the second time the White House has done that.”
  • “‘We have a President coming to a city that he just degraded over a year ago, and I just want him to set the example for the rest of the country and not do this trip because it’s not essential,’ Young told CNN.”

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore mayor urges Trump to reconsider Memorial Day visit to Fort McHenry with city under stay-at-home order

  • “Young noted that Baltimore residents are required to stay at home except for essential travel, such as going to an essential job or procuring groceries or medicine.”
  • “Fort McHenry, the site of the War of 1812 battle that inspired the poem that became the U.S. national anthem, remains closed to the public. Neither Young nor Gov. Larry Hogan plans to attend Trump’s visit.”

CBS Baltimore: Baltimore Mayor Jack Young On President Trump’s Memorial Day Fort McHenry Visit: ‘I Think He’s Violating The Law.’

  • “The mayor said if the president comes to Baltimore they have a duty to send the city’s police department there to do security, when they need to have the city’s officers patrolling Baltimore’s streets to make sure that people are following social distancing and that businesses that shouldn’t be open are staying closed.”
  • “‘We don’t need to be spending our resources for the president who’s coming here under our orders to stay at home. I think he’s violating the law,’ Mayor Young said.”

USA Today: ‘Dear Mr. President, please stay home!’: Baltimore mayor asks Trump not to visit city amid lockdown

  • “Young said personnel and equipment for the president’s visit will come with ‘a price tag that our City, which is still dealing with the loss of roughly $20 million in revenue per month, simply can’t afford to shoulder.’”
  • “Last July, Trump took to Twitter to go after the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died in October. Trump called Baltimore a ‘rodent infested mess’ and ‘a dangerous & filthy place,’ prompting an outcry from Democratic lawmakers who called his remarks racist. ‘No human being would want to live there,’ Trump said.”