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Baltimore Sun: A young Elijah Cummings faced hate when integrating a Baltimore pool. Today, Trump’s tweets reopen old wounds.

A few days after President Donald Trump’s tweet that four Democratic congresswomen of color should “go back” to other countries, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings placed a finger on an eyebrow and felt for an old scar.

The Baltimore Democrat said it was left by a bottle hurled at him during a steamy late summer 57 years ago, when white mobs taunted and threw rocks and bottles at Cummings and other African American kids seeking to integrate the Riverside Park pool in South Baltimore.

The scar has faded, but Cummings, 68, said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun that Trump’s tweets and comments are troubling echoes of that day in 1962, when he felt stomach-churning fear and shock at being confronted with raw hate as an 11-year-old boy.

The language of the president’s tweets, Cummings said, reminded him of shouts he heard at the pool: “Go back where you came from!”

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