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It is time to deport Baltimore

Dana Milbank on

WASHINGTON -- I'm sorry to be the one to say this, but somebody has to: We are going to have to deport Baltimore.

I'm not naive. I know that deporting the Maryland city, which itself is one of America's busiest ports, will be a logistical headache. And yet, it could not be clearer that Baltimore has no place in President Trump's America.

The president has in the past few days described Baltimore as a "corrupt mess" and a "disgusting," "very dangerous" and "filthy place" that "ranks last in almost every major category" and is "the Worst in the USA" where "no human being would want to live."

It's easy to see why Trump feels this way. Everything that Baltimore is, Trump is not, and vice versa. There isn't enough room in this country for both of them. Consider:

Baltimore is a city of letters, home of Edgar Allan Poe, Upton Sinclair, H.L. Mencken and Tom Clancy; Trump dishoners English in unpresidented and covfefe ways.

The Second Continental Congress met in Baltimore in the winter of 1776, and Baltimore's Samuel Chase signed the Declaration of Independence; Trump says the Continental Army "rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do."

 

Baltimore is where Francis Scott Key penned "The Star-Spangled Banner" while detained with prisoners of war on a British warship; Trump says "I like people who weren't captured."

Baltimore produced New York Yankees great Babe Ruth; Trump says of himself: "I was the best baseball player in New York."

Steel from Baltimore's Sparrows Point built the Golden Gate and George Washington bridges; Trump almost built a tower in Moscow.

Baltimore is the "Charm City"; Trump has insulted 598 people, places and things on Twitter over the past four years, per a New York Times tally, and he once shoved the prime minister of Montenegro.

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