BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A conservative activist led hundreds of volunteers in cleaning up a west Baltimore neighborhood Monday, more than a week after President Donald Trump called the city a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”
Armed with gloves and trash bags, volunteers from all over the country picked up trash and pulled weeds along North Fulton Avenue.READ MORE: Holiday Traveling Should Be Done Early As COVID Still Affects Travel Says AAA
Annapolis resident Marcia Diehl said she saw a call for action on Twitter and decided to help out.
“I thought, you know, that’s something I want to be a part of,” Diehl said.
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Trump supporter and Republican activist Scott Presler organized the clean-up event. He said it has nothing to do with the president but rather is about people helping each other.
Groups of volunteers from all over the U.Sare out in #WestBaltimore cleaning up several of the streets. So far, they’ve filled up three dumpsters with debris, tires, TVs, clothing and glass @wjz pic.twitter.com/jWRexCWM4l
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“We thought everybody is saying a lot of stuff but where’s the actual action? Where’s the actual doing?” Presler said.
After seeing the president’s controversial tweet last week, the northern Virginia resident said he decided something had to be done.
“This is Americans helping Americans,” he said. “I don’t care if you’re black, white, green or purple, we’re all in this together.”MORE NEWS: Ravens’ 5-Game Winning Streak Ends Amid Flurry Of Mistakes
The group said their goal is to continue coming out to clean at least once per month.
Folks mobilize to clean up a portion of W. Baltimore. These photos came from the area of Fulton Ave. & Westwood Street. #Baltimore landed in National spotlight after local political commentator highlighted trash in some neighborhoods. People mobilized today for common cause.@wjz pic.twitter.com/IecX8rFMhE
— Avajoye Burnett (@AvajoyeWJZ) August 5, 2019