David Simon slams ‘racist moron’ Trump over Baltimore

David Simon, the author and former journalist best known for creating the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, which was set in Baltimore, was among those coming to the defense of the city and Rep. Elijah Cummings following a blistering attack by Donald Trump. Trump supporters then pushed back against Simon, with one — clearly unaware of the TV producer’s background – firing back, “Have you watched The Wire, sir?”

Simon — whose screen credits also include Homicide: Life on the Streets, The Corner, Treme and The Deuce — called Trump an “empty-suit, race-hating fraud” “simplistic, racist moron” after the president attacked Cummings by branding his Baltimore district a “disgusting, rat- and rodent infested mess.”

While The Wire depicted crime in Baltimore in gritty detail, Simon insisted that Trump had no grasp of the situation there and cited the “national neglect” and big-picture issues affecting the city.

“The president is ‘literally’ a simplistic, racist moron,” he told a critic who accused him of calling Baltimore a “s***hole.” “I am ‘literally’ the guy writing stuff about the last century of U.S. policy, about the drug war and mass incarceration, about Brown v. [Board of Education] and white flight, about all of modern U.S. history to which your kind stays mute.”

Simon with Wire stars Dominic West, Wendell Pierce and Sonja Sohn in 2004. (Photo: Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)

Another critic defended Trump by accusing Cummings — who took part in last week’s Mueller hearing — of badmouthing the president.

“You also act like Baltimore is doing great?” he added. “Have you watched The Wire, sir?”

Naturally, Twitter was ready to pounce.

Wire actor Isiah Whitlock Jr. couldn’t resist responding with character Clay Davis’s signature foul-mouthed catchphrase.

After apparently claiming that he was being sarcastic by asking Simon if he’d seen The Wire, the commenter appears to have deleted the tweet and made his tweets protected.

Meanwhile, the editorial board of the Baltimore Sun — the paper where Simon once worked — admonished the president for his disparaging depiction of the city in a scathing editorial.

“Finally, while we would not sink to name-calling in the Trumpian manner — or ruefully point out that he failed to spell the congressman’s name correctly (it’s Cummings, not Cumming) — we would tell the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir Putin and the guy who insisted there are “good people” among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post,” their op-ed read. “Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity. Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one.”

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