House Republicans’ annual retreat — where President Trump is expected to deliver the keynote address — is reportedly set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland this fall.

The news of the retreat location came just days after Trump attacked House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), who is overseeing multiple ongoing investigations into Trump, as well as Cummings’ home district in Baltimore. Trump referred to Cummings’ district — which is majority-African American according to Census data — as “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,” Trump tweeted.

Trump doubled down on his attacks on both Rep. Cummings and Maryland’s 7th Congressional District over the following days, and even retweeted a post Katie Hopkins — who once had her passport confiscated for spreading racial hatred — which erroneously claimed that Baltimore had the highest homicide rate in the U.S. In fact, the city with the highest homicide rate per capita is East St. Louis, Illinois, according to FBI statistics. Baltimore ranked fifth behind Chester, Pennsylvania, Gary, Indiana, and St. Louis, Missouri.

Despite President Trump’s constant attacks on Baltimore, The Washington Post reported that House Republicans had finalized plans for their annual policy retreat at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott. The conference — which is hosted by the House Republican Conference in conjunction with the non-partisan Congressional Institute — will take place between September 12 and September 14.

If a recent editorial by the Baltimore Sun editorial board is any indicator, the president and his party will likely be met with protests organized by members of the community. Over the weekend, the Sun published an editorial entitled “Better to Have a Few Rats Than to Be One,” hitting Trump over his criticism of a Congressional district that houses a top-notch medical center (Johns Hopkins University) and that has a higher than average median income.

“[W]e would above all remind Mr. Trump that the 7th District, Baltimore included, is part of the United States that he is supposedly governing. The White House has far more power to effect change in this city, for good or ill, than any single member of Congress including Mr. Cummings,” the Sun wrote. “If there are problems here, rodents included, they are as much his responsibility as anyone’s, perhaps more because he holds the most powerful office in the land.”

“Finally, while we would not sink to name-calling in the Trumpian manner … 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,” the editorial concluded. “Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity.”

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Tom Cahill is a contributor for Grit Post who covers political and economic news. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Send him an email at tom DOT v DOT cahill AT gmail DOT com.

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