On Monday, in the wake of a high profile spat between President Trump and Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings, at least 170 bipartisan volunteers descended on West Baltimore to pick up trash and help clean the area up.
The organizer, Scott Presler, and a huge number of the volunteers, are proud supporters of President Donald Trump but that wasn’t what it was about. Presler made it crystal clear that the effort was never meant to be a pro-Trump or anti-Cummings event, just a way for a community to come together and fix a problem affecting everyone. He never expected to get the nationwide support that came pouring in.
The cleanup was organized at the end of July, after President Trump tweeted criticism of the way Cummings represents his Baltimore district. The President called Representative Cummings a “bully,” and referred to Baltimore as a ”rat” and “rodent infested city.” Ouch.
Cummings had attacked President Trump for his immigration policies, and for what Cummings perceives as the president’s unfair treatment of illegal immigrants on the southern border.
Monday’s cleanup is a positive solution. This is an inspiring case of neighbor coming out to help neighbor and is something we need to see more of. Especially, in light of the tragic events in recent days. This is exactly the sort of “great” behavior that President Trump is trying to foster.
Volunteers worked for twelve hours on Monday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., to pick up around 12 tons of trash.
In light of the recent tragic mass shootings in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, this story is a welcome breath of fresh air. Americans of all political ideologies are hoping that it starts a new trend. If violence begets violence, wouldn’t it be better for kindness to beget kindness? The before and after images of the West Baltimore neighborhood that Presler tweeted from the cleanup show night and day results.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) August 5, 2019
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Presler also shared images of the West Baltimore community coming together to help with the cleanup, and captured on video a female resident showing her gratitude for the groups cleanup efforts who said, “it made her cry.”
We’ve been hearing way too much about mass shootings, terrorist bombings, and other violent mayhem in recent years. We also see far too much bickering and incivility, not just among our political candidates and on Capitol Hill, but in our communities and neighborhoods. It’s refreshing to see people being good Samaritans and examples of “loving your neighbor.”