Presidential candidate Donald Trump tells Baltimore it’s ‘got no spirit, none’

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ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — Presidential candidate Donald Trump made one of his first stops on the campaign trail at the Maryland Republican Party’s annual Red, White & Blue fundraising dinner.

As the keynote speaker, he readily admitted that he wasn’t thrilled to be there but then proceeded to deliver a 52-minute speech where he touched on topics ranging from the Baltimore riots to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in April.

Before announcing his presidential bid, Trump tweeted several degrading messages about both topics.

In a tweet Trump slammed Obama’s efforts to control rioting in Baltimore, saying:

“Our great African American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!”

Trump also slammed Baltimore police during the riots. According to Bloomberg Politics, he said, “Now that the ineffective Baltimore Police have allowed the city to be destroyed, are the U.S. taxpayers expected to rebuild it (again)?”

Last, but not least, Bloomberg noted that he misquoted Baltimore’s mayor saying, “The Mayor of Baltimore said she wanted to give the rioters ‘space to destroy’—another real genius!”

Trump’s solution was telling Baltimore, “It’s got no spirit, none.”

As a presidential candidate, he sang a somewhat different tune and said growth in the manufacturing industry could help solve some of Baltimore’s problems.

“You have to create spirit, you have to create jobs, you have to get people working, they have to want to work,” Trump said, according to Bloomberg Politics.

Although his speech got straight to business, Trump’s State of the Union-length talk left some Republicans not only laughing but thinking about voting for him.

“He’s had his ups and downs and bankruptcies,” Oxon Hill realtor Gloria Farrar told Bloomberg Politics, “but he knows how to make things work.”