In the wake of President Trump’s recent criticism of Elijah Cummings district that includes much of Baltimore and the mess that it is in both physically and related to crime, a few Americans decided to stand up and make a positive difference. However, it seems the left-wing of politics doesn’t appreciate their efforts and is now seeking to drag their names through the mud in their ever-constant attempt to oust President Trump.
Last week, Republican and Trump supporter Scott Presler announced via Twitter that he would be organizing a trip to Baltimore to help clean up the city some. He tweeted, “Next week, I’m coming to Baltimore. I’m organizing a trash clean up in the city. If you’re free on a weekday, after work, please comment below for more details.”
He told the press that he wanted to take action, instead of just “complaining about the situation” as so many others are. He said that while he invited others to join him, he had fully expected to make the trip to the crime and rat-infested city alone. However, Presler’s invitation was not ignored.
“I’ve had so many volunteers reach out to me, it’s been overwhelming. Also, a very kind gentleman is willing to sponsor dumpsters for us,” he reported.
People from all over the US contacted Presler and agreed to join him in cleaning up areas in Baltimore. According to him, “We have people coming from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as local Baltimore residents.”
So on Monday, a group of over 170 volunteers hit the streets of West Baltimore to pick up trash. But picking up trash isn’t all they did. They pulled weeds, cut grass, mended fences, and made an all-around effort to improve each area they came across.
Over the course of 12 hours, from 8 am to 8 pm, the group cleaned up over 12 tons of trash and hauled it away.
And the locals showed their support and great appreciation. Presler and others posted many videos of residents who came to help them as well as just say thank you both to the volunteers and to President Trump for serving their community and calling attention to their need.
But not everyone was so thankful.
A local liberal newspaper, the Baltimore Sun, wrote a piece condemning the group’s actions, claiming that it was politically motivated and only made the poor people of the city look bad.
The headline on the article read, “We assume it was pure motives that led a Trump supporter to launch a cleanup in Cummings’ district, right?”
How predictable for the left to take a good deed and turn it into something to sneer at.
They wrote, “It made for good photos, compelling videos, and catchy Twitter hashtags. A group of conservatives rolled their pickup trucks into one of West Baltimore’s most impoverished neighborhoods Monday for a cleanup day.” and continued with, “loaded down with trash bags and shovels, they cleared alleyways of old tires, food containers, paper, and other debris. They pulled up weeds and cut ways overgrown grass. The group posted before and after pictures on social media showing their progress.”
So far, it doesn’t sound so bad. But here’s where it gets snarky.
“Whatever he says his motives were, Scott Presler’s presence in Baltimore reinforces the tired image that the poor people in this city can’t take care of their own neighborhoods,” the Sun wrote.
They said while it “makes for a good photo opp,” it does “little to address the real problems.”
The paper could have taken this in a million different directions. Firstly, it could have just thanked the group for a job well done. It could have used this as an additional call for help from local politicians. It could have railed at the residents themselves for allowing the neighborhood to get to that state. None of which happened.
Lord knows, if the group had been Democratically led, we would have a never-ending amount of praise. But no, because Presler happens to be a Trump supporter, he and his valiant efforts were downplayed, criticized, and thrown to the wolves.
But this is the game Democrats always play, so why should this be any different?
However, Presler isn’t intimidated and told Fox News that he plans to organize similar trips to other areas such as Los Angeles and New Jersey. And good for him.