Maryland Democrats rose to the defense of Baltimore on Friday after Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump spoke of violence in the city during his acceptance speech at the GOP convention.
Trump cited a 60 percent increase in killings in Baltimore last year. Homicides are down 7 percent this year.
Rep. Steny Hoyer said Trump "can mention Baltimore all he wants. It is rhetoric, not substance."
The Southern Maryland lawmaker, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, questioned whether Republicans would back Trump in making investments in the inner city. He noted the small number of African-American delegates at the convention, which some outlets have put at 18...