In every controversy started by the Cheeto-in-chief, there’s collateral damage on all sides, as folks express their thoughts on the latest manufactured outrage. This time, President Trump attacked Rep. Elijah Cummings, and directly attacked Cumming’s district in the city of Baltimore, Maryland.

David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Wire and a proud lifelong Baltimore resident, pushed back on Trump’s depiction of the city as a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess”—and met with some MAGA idiocy of his own.

“There’s a block party today on my southside street. This is a city of good Americans,” Simon wrote on Twitter, using the hashtag #WEAREBALTIMORE, “who deserve more than a grifting, hollow and self-absorbed failure of a man as their president. @realDonaldTrump is a permanent stain on our land.” He included an image of himself on a doorstep, holding an acoustic guitar.

Of course, Trump’s bot army couldn’t resist a dig at someone who is trying to defend their city against baseless attacks.

As Indy100 reports, a MAGA troll named Brad Musgrove replied to Simon, asking him if he’d seen The Wire—only one of the most important, nuanced portrayals of historically racist urban housing policies and blatantly failed drug law enforcement, which Simon wrote and created. Palm, meet forehead.

Musgrove quickly deleted the tweet and locked his account, but luckily for us, Journalist Emily Singer immortalized the awkward exchange for posterity. A self-own of this level quickly went viral, with many users laughing at the audacity of this idiocy. Truly one for the books.

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*First Published: July 29, 2019, 10:44 am