Flashback: ‘Whoa, You Can Smell the Rats,’ Baltimore Mayor Told TV News in 2018

By Craig Bannister | July 29, 2019 | 10:25am EDT
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)
(Getty Images/Alex Wong)

“Whoa, you can smell the rats,” then-Mayor Catherine Pugh of Baltimore, Maryland told a local news crew while taking a videotaped tour of the city.

The Fox 45 (WBFF) video, published online on September 11, 2018 as part of a story titled “Baltimore Mayor Unfiltered on City Streets,” has attracted new attention as liberals accuse President Donald Trump of racism for a tweet calling attention to the city’s rat and crime plight in the district of Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

In the WBFF video and story, Pugh says, “Whoa, you can smell the rats”:

At one point, Pugh said: “What the hell? We should just take all this [expletive] down.”

The day Pugh walked, temperatures were in the 100 degrees. As she turned down one street, a stench filled the air.

Pugh said: “Whoa, you can smell the rats.”

"Oh, my God, you can smell the dead animals," Pugh added.

On Saturday, Pres. Trump sparked liberal outrage as he compared conditions at the U.S.-Mexico border to those in Democrat Rep. Elijah Cumming’s district:

“As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place”


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