BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Twitter battle between President Donald Trump, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Baltimore continued Monday as politicians from both sides of the aisle condemned Trump’s remarks.

Trump continued to tweet about the city’s issues and criticize Cummings on his lack of leadership Monday.

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“Baltimore, under the leadership of Elijah Cummings, has the worst Crime Statistics in the Nation. 25 years of all talk, no action! So tired of listening to the same old Bull…Next, Reverend Al will show up to complain & protest. Nothing will get done for the people in need. Sad!” Trump tweeted Monday morning.

“If the Democrats are going to defend the Radical Left “Squad” and King Elijah’s Baltimore Fail, it will be a long road to 2020. The good news for the Dems is that they have the Fake News Media in their pocket!” the president tweeted.

Trump doubled down on his comments Monday night, taking issue with Cummings’ characterization of issues at the U.S.-Mexico border and saying money sent to aid the city over the years was wasted.

“Elijah Cummings never even went to the Southern Border and then he screams at the very good people who, despite Congresses failure to fix the Loopholes and Asylum, make it work (crossings are way down and the Wall is being built). Even with zero Dem help, Border getting strong!” Trump tweeted.

Monday morning, Trump also took aim at Rev. Al Sharpton on Twitter, calling him a “conman.”

“Al Sharpton would always ask me to go to his events. He would say, “it’s a personal favor to me.” Seldom, but sometimes, I would go. It was fine. He came to my office in T.T. during the presidential campaign to apologize for the way he was talking about me. Just a conman at work!

“I have known Al for 25 years. Went to fights with him & Don King, always got along well. He “loved Trump!” He would ask me for favors often. Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. Just doing his thing. Must have intimidated Comcast/NBC. Hates Whites & Cops!” Trump tweeted. 

Sharpton fired back at Trump in a press conference from Baltimore where he was working with the National Action Network to help grow black homeownership in the city.

“Little did I know that Mr. Trump was going to, on the eve of this, would attack the congressman of this city — and not only the congressman but the people of this city in the most bigoted and racist way,” Sharpton said. “He attacks everybody. I know Donald Trump, he’s not mature enough to take criticism. He can’t help it. He’s like a child. Someone says something he reacts. He’s thin-skinned and not really matured that well.”

“But he has a particular venom for blacks and people of color,” Sharpton added. “He doesn’t refer to any of his other opponents or critics as infested. He does not attack their districts. He attacks Nancy Pelosi, he attacks Chuck Schumer, he attacks other whites — but he never says that their districts or that their states are places that no human being wants to live.”

“The fact of the matter is Elijah Cummings district is one of the most well-educated and middle class inspiring districts of blacks in this country,” Sharpton continued. “And he doesn’t even know what he’s talking about.”

“Elijah Cummings is a respected and well-regarded member of Congress. And for him to be angry at Mr. Cummings because Mr. Cummings has the moral standing to question how migrant children are being treated at the border is an abomination to me,” he said.

“As for his attacks on me personally, Donald Trump and I have known each other for 25 years. I marched on him with Central Park 5, I’ve dealt with him on the birther issue. Calling me a troublemaker? Yes, I make trouble for bigots,” Sharpton said.

“As far as me being a conman, if he really thought I was a conman he’s be nominating me to be on his cabinet,” Sharpton said.

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