Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network hosts the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 16. (Travis Riddick/The Washington Informer)
**FILE** Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network hosts the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 16, 2017. (Travis Riddick/The Washington Informer)

After a weekend of insulting Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), President Trump on Monday continued his Twitter tirade — this time against Rev. Al Sharpton, whom he described as a “con man” who “hates Whites & cops.”

Trump, who said he’s known Sharpton for 25 years, appeared to be responding to Sharpton tweeting a photo of himself at an airport with the accompanying message, “headed to Baltimore” — likely in reference to the president’s attacks on Cummings and the city of Baltimore, in which he labeled Maryland’s 7th Congressional District “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”

Sharpton, a longtime civil rights leader and MSNBC host, fired back on Twitter:

“Trump says I’m a troublemaker & con man. I do make trouble for bigots. If he really thought I was a con man he would want me in his cabinet.”

Sharpton has grown increasingly critical of Trump over the years, particularly in recent weeks as Trump has feuded with “The Squad,” four minority Democratic congresswomen whom the president told to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

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