Former NFL star Jack Brewer claims he inspired President Donald Trump’s statements on Baltimore and Democratic Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings.
“I had a chance to meet with President Trump, and I told him please call out Elijah Cummings and Baltimore. I asked him to do that … and he did it,” the former football player said recently during a segment on Fox’s Deep Dive.
Brewer also blamed problems in urban communities on “people [who] are not held accountable by their peers,” and a loss of “spirituality.” (RELATED: What’s Baltimore Really Like? Residents Sound Off About Its Problems)
He called for a spiritual re-awakening in America.
“You got to get back and have some type of spirituality to have a gauge, to have a gauge of humanness … to really want to give and want to do right,” he said. “Baltimore has 4 people a day getting shot, Chicago has 8 people a day getting shot we gotta wake up and understand that this is cultural.”
Brewer is a vocal supporter of Trump who previously claimed the president has had a positive effect on the black community.
Trump began a national conversation around Baltimore and the problems it has with crime and decay late last month with a series of tweets directed at Cummings, the congressman who represents large parts of the city.
….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
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
Since then, pundits on both sides have issued statements on the matter.
— CityLab (@CityLab) July 29, 2019
Some support the president’s observations, others allege it was racist for Trump to critique Baltimore in such a way.