Gov. Hogan calls President Trump’s anti-Baltimore tweets ‘outrageous and inappropriate’

Three days after President Donald Trump attacked Baltimore as a “rat and rodent infested mess,” Gov. Larry Hogan called his comments “outrageous and inappropriate."

“Enough is enough,” Hogan, the state’s Republican governor, said in an interview Monday on WBAL-AM’s “C4″ show. “People are completely fed up with this kind of nonsense. Why are we not focused on solving the problems and getting to work? ... Quite frankly, what is the president doing? What is the Congress doing?”


Hogan has been criticized, including by his predecessor Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, for not speaking out against Trump, a fellow Republican.

Hogan’s spokesman released a statement over the weekend that said: “Baltimore city is truly the very heart of our state, and more attacks between politicians aren’t going to get us anywhere.”


Hogan said he immediately defended the city, but doesn’t think a war of tweets solves anything. He said he was focused on trying to drive down crime and tear down vacant houses in Baltimore.

“We sure could use some help from the White House and the Congress,” Hogan said.

He turned Monday afternoon to Twitter to condemn “divisiveness” in Washington.

The president took to Twitter on Saturday, Sunday and again Monday to insult U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat, and his district.

The tweets came just two days after Cummings’ committee voted to subpoena senior White House officials, including Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, for their communications via private email accounts and messaging apps.

Earlier this month, Cummings lashed out during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that he chairs at Kevin McAleenan, head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, for the living conditions of child migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Hogan has been careful in his dealings with the Trump administration, which is deeply unpopular among many Maryland Democrats. The governor has spoken out against some of the president’s actions (such as separating the children of immigrant families from their parents) without alienating an administration that Maryland needs to work with.

Hogan, who is chairman of the National Governors Association, was the first Republican governor to say in 2016 he would not vote for nor endorse Trump.

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But Democrats argue Hogan has been tepid in his opposition to Trump.

Montgomery County Del. Eric Luedtke, who is chairman of the state House of Delegates Democratic Caucus, tweeted after Hogan’s remarks that the governor “can’t be bothered to defend Baltimore, instead pretending that defending it and working to support it are mutually exclusive.”

Luedtke noted that Hogan recently refused to release $245 million in state funding that Democrats in the legislature designated for their priorities, including more than a dozen items for Baltimore, such as school construction, summer jobs for students and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

“We need a governor who supports Baltimore and her citizens in word and deed. Who understands that the city is trying to overcome decades of damage from racist policies like redlining. And who works to counteract that history,” Luedtke wrote.

Hogan said he didn’t believe "attacking people back and forth is not really the solution, and my point is not going to change and you can criticize me all you want. I happen to believe that me focusing on solving problems is better than people focusing on yelling at each other.”

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot appeared on the “C4” show just before Hogan. Franchot, a Democrat, likened Trump to a “drunken Archie Bunker.”


“This is such a scam,” Franchot said. “This has nothing to do with the city of Baltimore. This has everything to do with him scurrying around trying to protect himself and his family from obvious crimes they have committed down there in Washington.”