John Harbaugh stands up for Baltimore and its people

AP

Over the weekend, the City of Baltimore landed in the crosshairs of the Tweeter-in-Chief, with President Donald Trump targeting Representative Elijah Cummings and his district as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” and a place where “[n]o human being would want to live.” On Monday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked about Baltimore.

“Well, I can just tell you this: My wife, my daughter, and me, we love Baltimore,” Harbaugh said. “And more than Baltimore, we love the people in Baltimore. We love the people in Baltimore, everywhere. Maybe it’s because the people in Baltimore love the Ravens so much, but we’ve felt nothing but love here for the last 11 years. I think all big cities have challenges and problems. Baltimore, it’s not unique here. I think our prayer as a family when we go to bed at night sometimes, is — it will be from now on at least — is that the politicians can get together and work together, you know? Can you imagine how powerful it would be if the two sides of the aisle, two guys like those two wonderful people, got together and solved some problems and found ways to make things better? That’s what we’re all rooting for.”

There’s nothing wrong with praying for that or rooting for that, but our government as currently constituted is incapable of working together. So maybe the threshold proposition should be praying for and rooting for a collection of politicians who can and will work together to do what’s best for the people, rather than viewing every issue through the lens of what’s best for the politicians.

Unfortunately, that’s the only thing that most politicians on the two sides of the aisle seem to have in common.

37 responses to “John Harbaugh stands up for Baltimore and its people

  1. Baltimore ranks fifth with a violent crime rate of 1,535.9 violent crimes for every 100,000 people.
    I stayed in a hotel near the stadium a few years ago, the hotel parking lot had 24 hour per day guards. I asked one of them if there was somewhere close that I could walk to for dinner, he advised against walking anywhere.
    I did walk to a bar/grill about a half mile away, about halfway there I realized that it was a mistake.
    It’s a real scary place.

  2. However you feel about Baltimore it is atrocious to have a president bashing one of our cities this way. What does it help? If it is so bad then do something to help, you are the president. Start acting like it.

  3. im just going out on a limb here and guessing Jim doesnt live in one of the neighborhoods that were being discussed. Im thinking more like a gated community of million dollar homes. Things tend to be a bit more plesent in those areas.

  4. He’d be shot there if he didn’t say it was a great place. I’m sure he also lives in a $5M house in a gated community somewhere in the suburbs.

  5. I for one am shocked – SHOCKED! – that the president singled out a person of color, and the places that some people of color and/or their ancestors descend from.

  6. Would bet that he doesn’t live in Baltimore, more likely a nice suburb away from the city. His Baltimore is probably different than the one folks living within the city limits experience.

  7. It’s a pretty neutral statement, really. He’s not saying Baltimore isn’t crappy, just that it’s got great fans. If “politicians should work together” has become a partisan statement, then we’ve gone beyond the point of no return.

  8. I take it most of the people here all up in arms haven’t been to the parts of Baltimore getting criticized, if they were they’d know that said criticism is right on the money.

  9. footballismybusiness says:
    July 29, 2019 at 1:23 pm
    I for one am shocked – SHOCKED! – that the president singled out a person of color, and the places that some people of color and/or their ancestors descend from.
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    Are we not allowed to bring attention to bad city situations or criticize bad politicians partially responsible for said cities anymore because of their skin color?

  10. Maybe he should go help their 10th graders learn to read or maybe help the schools pass math proficiency exams. Maybe listen to actual residents that are asking for help. Didn’t they get 1.8 billion bailout? What happened to that money. Oh that’s right they used schools funds to pay for 1000’sod student to attend a gun control protest? Why they couldn’t even read the signs… shut up John. Why not send your kids to the schools if your so unified.

  11. 1 in 106 chance of being a victim to a violent crime in Washington DC and 1 in 25 chance of being a victim of a property crime there. So there’s some work to do in many US cities.

  12. I am going to guess that Harbaugh does not live in the district that Cummings represents.

  13. Anyone notice what he didn’t say? The President was wrong. Curiously left out of that statement. Wonder why.

  14. I don’t agree with everything Trump has to say but on this he was on point someone needs to start pointing out what a poor job democrats have done in major cities like Chicago(which sold off it’s parking rights to private interest), Detroit(which went bankrupt) and Baltimore. You can twist his words all you want but the place is a dump and has been for quite sometime. Just because Elijah Cummings is black doesn’t meat he gets a pass for poor stewardship. The results speak for themselves.

  15. Hey I have seen “The Wire” has it gotten better or worse in the past 20 years? I will admit if you watch the show it can show how difficult things can be and the show is almost a template for change. Just that no one wants to do what you have to to change things.

  16. Baltimore has a population of just over 620,000. Last year they had 309 murders. Winnipeg has a population of just over 660,000. Last year they had 22 murders. All of Canada had 651 murders. Or just over twice as many but with 60x the population.

    So yeah, ain’t buying what Jimmy is selling.

  17. Why do we get upset over blatant truths? Baltimore is a great city, the inner harbor is wonderful, but there are a LOT of areas downtown that you wouldn’t want to hang out well into the night. I get it Jim, you’re going to talk up your city, and you should, but you don’t live in Elijah Cummings district. You live in a beautiful suburb. Baltimore has its dumpy areas like any other major city…just need to know how to navigate. Trump isn’t wrong, but there are many, many places that have issues like Baltimore, and its time to work on fixing things rather than just calling them out. Admit there’s a problem and work on fixing it rather than this “nothing to see here” approach.

  18. The best part of it all is the president is supposed to be the President of the United States, which I would guess includes Baltimore. You can’t make this stuff up. You’re making fun of one of the cities that you technically govern.

  19. As someone who lives just outside Baltimore and has lived in Maryland his whole life:

    Everyone NOT FROM Baltimore is enraged.

    Everyone FROM Baltimore is not surprised.

    Have you seen the streets? Kids will come up and wash your windshield without you asking for it and then just stand there expecting to be paid.

    Anyone want to ask that undrafted kicker how he feels about Baltimore? You know the one who got mugged and lost his first season in the NFL because of it.

    How about our awesome “elected officials” – cummings included. They’re all Democrats and the city has been stagnate for years. Nothing gets done and yet the “people” keep voting democratic.

    So yeah, I’m not surprised and I don’t disagree with Trump. It’s one of the few things I actually agree with him on. Baltimore is a dump, no wait, I would actually feel safer in a dump than in Baltimore.

  20. pickaninnyesq says:
    July 29, 2019 at 11:19 pm
    The best part of it all is the president is supposed to be the President of the United States, which I would guess includes Baltimore. You can’t make this stuff up. You’re making fun of one of the cities that you technically govern.
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    So generations of local and state officials have turned Baltimore into a 3rd world city and it’s the Presidents problem to solve? He probably could fix it if he had the power to fire every single one of them.

  21. The Police Chief was robbed at gunpoint. They would not hesitate to take your wallet John.

  22. Liberalsruineverything says:
    July 30, 2019 at 9:22 am

    pickaninnyesq says:
    July 29, 2019 at 11:19 pm
    The best part of it all is the president is supposed to be the President of the United States, which I would guess includes Baltimore. You can’t make this stuff up. You’re making fun of one of the cities that you technically govern.
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    So generations of local and state officials have turned Baltimore into a 3rd world city and it’s the Presidents problem to solve? He probably could fix it if he had the power to fire every single one of them.
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    Anyone with common sense should know Trump doesn’t fix problems, he exploits them to further divide the Country from a melting pot of diversity to a boiling cauldron of tribalism, resentment and fear.

  23. mediasloppy says:
    July 30, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Anyone with common sense should know Trump doesn’t fix problems, he exploits them to further divide the Country from a melting pot of diversity to a boiling cauldron of tribalism, resentment and fear.
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    All of the things you mentioned started in 2008. President Donald J. Trump was the result of it. Wake up.

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