'Are they going to put us in cages?!' Elijah Cummings tells powerful story about his niece in rebuke of Trump's racism

'Are they going to put us in cages?!' Elijah Cummings tells powerful story about his niece in rebuke of Trump's racism
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Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) delivered a powerful speech Wednesday to the National Press Club, touching on the recent attacks he's endured from President Donald Trump and repudiating the administration's racism.


"Those in the highest levels of the government must stop invoking fear, using racist language and encouraging reprehensible behavior," he said. "It only creates more division among us and severely limits our ability to work together for the common good."

Addressing the recent mass shootings, Cummings said: "As a country, we finally must say that enough is enough. That we are done with the hateful rhetoric. That we are done with the mass shootings. That we are done with the white supremacist domestic terrorists who are terrorizing our country and fighting against everything America stands for and everything our phenomenal military has fought for."

Then he told a devastating story about a conversation he had with his niece.

"She said, 'Uncle Elijah' — she's 10 years old now — 'Uncle Elijah, are they going to put us in cages?' Are they going to put us in cages?! That's coming from a 10-year-old! We are better than that!" he bellowed. "We must stand together with those who we do not look like, with those who we do not agree with, and recognize that we have more in common than we have that separates us."

Watch the clip below:

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