Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake criticizes Donald Trump's decision to skip the National Urban League conference in Baltimore. (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun video)
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump traded blows on Twitter Sunday, with Trump calling the mayor a "joke" — and Rawlings-Blake responding with a dismissive "Girl bye."
Trump, who is no stranger to lambasting political opponents in 140-character bursts, wrote that he'd noticed Rawlings-Blake, a Democrat, campaigning for her party's presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, whom he has nicknamed "Crooked Hillary," or in this case simply, "Crooked." Then he hit the mayor on her record in Baltimore and called her a joke.
"I see where Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore is pushing Crooked hard," Trump tweeted. "Look at the job she has done in Baltimore. She is a joke!"
It might've ended there. But Sunny Hostin, a senior legal correspondent and analyst for ABC News, tweeted at the mayor, bringing Trump's tweet to her attention.
"@realDonaldTrump is heckle tweeting my friend @MayorSRB," Hostin wrote. "Badge of honor my friend."
"If you plan to be president, you should plan to be president of the entire United States and when you have a national organization of this stature and refuse to participate at this national conference, it speaks to what your priorities are moving forward," Rawlings-Blake said last week. "African-Americans in this country have a strong tradition, a strong history and an extremely powerful future."
Rawlings-Blake, who decided not to run for re-election in 2016, is secretary of the Democratic National Committee and gaveled in the 2016 Democratic National Convention. After the Republican National Convention, she told CNN's Chris Cuomo that Trump doesn't understand the federal government's role in fighting crime and misrepresented Baltimore's homicide trend.
""He doesn't even understand the role of the federal government in the crime fight, which was clear in his — in his speech," Rawlings-Blake said. "What I know for sure is that Hillary Clinton understands America's cities."