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.”
If this empty-suit, race-hating fraud had to actually visit West Baltimore for five minutes and meet any of the American citizens who endure there, he’d wet himself. https://t.co/QBSed1S4c8
— David Simon (@AoDespair) July 27, 2019
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.
You dope. The show addressed itself to the systemic and historical forces arrayed against the American city for generations. It wasn’t so submoronic as to argue that one US representative could be held accountabile for US urban policy or lack thereof. For that, we require Trump. https://t.co/ijcU6W2mGx
— David Simon (@AoDespair) July 28, 2019
“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.”
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.
If you have the observational skills to watch ‘The Wire’ and not have a clue who David Simon is. I’m guessing he didn’t really follow it. https://t.co/C4EbIZLR51
— 𝙸𝚊𝚗 𝙵𝚘𝚡 (@theianfox) July 28, 2019
asking the guy who created and wrote The Wire if he’s seen The Wire to own the libs
— ryan craig (@RyanLosAngeles) July 27, 2019
there are good days and bad days but at least you’re not the dude who tweeted at david simon “have you ever watched the wire?”
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) July 27, 2019
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.
Bud, Down in the South we have a phrase that is the perfect response to your claim that your tweet was just sarcastic.
“Bless Your Heart”.
— Joe Askew (@JoeAskew62) July 27, 2019
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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