The widow of Rep. Elijah Cummings revealed to “The View” that President Donald Trump’s attacks motivated his supporters to bombard their family with death threats.
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, who’s running for her late husband’s seat in Maryland, said she hoped to build on his legacy as a champion of civil rights and fight back against Republican attempts to limit access to voting.
“We felt like this was our zero moment as a nation, that we have to make sure that we’re all on the battlefield fighting for our future, and so while it does not look good in terms of President Trump and the Republicans,” she said. “What they’re doing to try to take us back 100 years in this country, the fact of the matter is that people are rising up all across the country. They are saying that we will not be oppressed, you will not take our democracy away from us. We have hordes of women who are running to take office, we have young people who are standing up and speaking out.”
The president resented Cummings from the beginning, and he often hurled attacks at the Maryland Democrat and his home city of Baltimore.
“It hurt him deeply,” Cummings said. “Absolutely, and it hurt him at his worst moment. Elijah was already battling health issues, so to have the president come out and do this at that time, you know, it really depressed him and it stressed him, and I think it undermined his health.”
Co-host Meghan McCain, whose father died in 2018 after enduring attacks from Trump, was appalled.
“That is horrific,” McCain said. “That is horrific. I’m sorry, that is just — that is hard to hear. I’m sorry.”
“It was our reality,” Cummings said. “Absolutely, and all of his minions out there — nasty tweets, death threats, you name it, we were going through it.”
.@MayaRockeymoore, widow of Rep. Elijah Cummings, says Pres. Trump’s Twitter attack against her late husband and his Baltimore district “hurt him at his worst moment.”
— The View (@TheView) January 20, 2020
Coronavirus epidemic surges in South Korea as cases exceed 3,000
South Korea confirmed 813 more coronavirus cases on Saturday, the biggest increase to date for the country, taking the national total to 3,150 infections with four additional deaths.
Authorities also reported the country’s first case of reinfection – a 73-year-old woman who tested positive for a second time after her recovery and release from hospital last week.
The illness recurred “as her immune system had declined”, said Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) official Kwon Jun-wook.
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Never Trumpers fear for their safety if they dare attend CPAC: report
On Saturday, Politico profiled a handful of longtime conservatives who have criticized President Donald Trump — and the general consensus was that they feared hostility at this year's annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
One such figure was former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), a Tea Party darling who has since attacked Trump for undermining the rule of law, and briefly mounted a presidential primary challenge. He attended CPAC as a guest of comedian Trevor Noah, and attendees who saw him seemed conflicted. "Torn between catching up with an old colleague and being singled out by observers as talking to a Trump foe, they split the difference — and instead kept asking him how his wife was doing," wrote Tina Nguyen.