Baltimore Sun Slams Trump Supporters For Cleaning Up 12 Tons Of Trash In West Baltimore

Chris Menahan
Aug. 09, 2019

The Baltimore Sun editorial board slammed a group of Trump supporters who cleaned up 12 tons of trash in Rep Elijah Cummings' district earlier this week because their actions reinforced "the tired image of our failing urban cores" and the notion that "poor people" can't "take care of their own neighborhoods."

From Baltimore Sun, "We assume it was pure motives that led a Trump supporter to launch a cleanup in Cummings’ district, right?":
Whatever he says his motives were, Mr. Presler’s presence in Baltimore reinforces the tired image of our failing urban cores. That the poor people in this dilapidated city can’t take care of their own neighborhoods and all the public officials around them have failed as well. The bureaucratic, all-talk Democrats strike again. If a crowd of volunteers could clean up 12 tons of trash in 12 hours, how incompetent and helpless must Baltimoreans be if they can’t manage it in decades, right?

Amazingly enough, Mr. Presler is not the first one to come up with the bright idea of a neighborhood cleanup. It is not really that remarkable of a concept. In fact, they happen all the time. Sadly, it doesn’t take long for people (frequently from outside the community) to refill the alleyways with illegal dumping and for grass to grow again in front of vacant buildings with no resident available to tend the lawn. Does Mr. Presler know that drug dealers use trash to hide their product and have been known to threaten people who try to clean it up? The solutions are just not that simple.
How dare you evil bigots take away drug dealers' stash hiding spots!? Have you no shame???

The Sun went on to demand Presler and everyone involved come back every month to clean the place (which only gets dirty because of a lack of federal funds!):
We also hope Mr. Presler keeps his promise to return to Baltimore once a month. It would definitely give his motives more credibility. It might also give him better perspective about the city’s problems than any single visit can provide. Maybe it could even lead him and his followers to advocate for federal housing, health care, transportation, education, criminal justice, civil rights and anti-poverty policies aimed at urban communities.

In the meantime, we’ll see how clean the neighborhood still is when he returns in September.
Here's some more scenes from the event:

Why doesn't the Baltimore Sun and their parent company Tribune Publishing use some of their billions of dollars to organize an event like this instead of using their power and influence to attack those who are actually on the streets getting things done?

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