Baltimore Mayor Clarifies Her Use of the Word ‘Thug’

"I wanted to clarify my comments on 'thugs,'" tweeted Rawlings Blake. "When you speak out of frustration and anger, one can say things in a way that you don't mean."

Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, took a step back from her comments on Monday, where she referred to rioters in her city as “thugs,” by issuing a statement on Twitter.

Rawlings-Blake has been under fire from Baltimore Councilman Carl Stokes, who strongly disagreed with the use of the word “thug” for its racial overtones — telling CNN’s Erin Burnett that if you call “our children thugs,” you might as well “just call them n*ggers.”

Rawlings-Blake tweeted this afternoon to explain her remark:

Watch Rawlings-Blake’s original comments on Monday, courtesy of USA Today.