President Trump targeted Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings on Twitter for a second day Sunday — as the tweets brought rebukes from Democrats and a defense from a top White House adviser who claimed the president was simply punching back.

“Congressman Elijah Cummings has done a very poor job for his district and the City of Baltimore,” the president wrote, adding that the Democrats “always play the Race Card” and that Cummings “has failed badly.”

The president resumed tweeting about Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, after a string of tweets on Saturday in which he described the congressman as a “brutal bully” and his Maryland district as “rat and rodent infested.”

On Sunday, Trump referred to Cummings, who is African-American, as “racist” without any explanation — and suggested he “focus more of his energy on helping the good people of his district and Baltimore itself.”

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