Three days after President Donald Trump launched a racist Twitter tirade against House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and called his home district a "disgusting, rodent and rat infested mess," Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the ranking Republican member on the committee and a longtime friend of Cummings' finally broke his silence and disavowed the president's remarks.
"No one works harder for his district than Elijah," wrote Meadows in a text to former GOP senator and CNN contributor Rick Santorum. "He's passionate about the people he represents, and no, Elijah is not a racist."
Even then, Meadows went out of his way to avoid criticizing the president personally. "I am friends with both men, President Trump and Chairman Cummings, and I know them both well, and neither is a racist," he said.
Meadows, per Santorum, said: “No one works harder for his district than Elijah. He's passionate about the people he… https://t.co/XmXZsVNSmK— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju)1564432987.0