Watch CBS News

Conservative Activist Leads Clean-Up In West Baltimore After Trump Tweets

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.

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.


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.

"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."

The group said their goal is to continue coming out to clean at least once per month.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.