Trump Demands Chicago Mayor 'Establish Law and Order' Amid Shooting Epidemic
Eighty-five people were shot and 24 killed in the city in just one weekend,
President Donald Trump accused Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker of putting their "own political interests ahead of the lives, safety, and fortunes of your own citizens," amid the ongoing gun violence that has plagued the city.
Eighty-five people were shot and 24 killed in the city in just one weekend, which the president pointed out was more dangerous than the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, one of the victims was a "hardworking father," and high school student and a college freshman who hoped to become a correctional officer, Trump noted.
"Your lack of leadership on this important issue continues to fail the people you have sworn to protect," Trump wrote.
"I am concerned it is another example of your lack of commitment to the vulnerable citizens who are victims of this violence and a lack of respect for the men and women in law enforcement."
Chicago has received millions in federal funds to support public safety, Trump said.
The president also extended an olive branch to both leaders to combat the exploding crime rate and high taxes.
"If you are willing to put partisanship aside, we can revitalize distressed neighborhoods in Chicago together," Trump said.
"But to succeed, you must establish law and order."
Pritzker's press secretary, Jordan Abudayyeh, called Trump a "failure" accusing the presdient of using the letter as a political stunt to divert attention "from his long list of failures, especially his response to the deadly coronavirus and nationwide calls for racial justice."
"The people of this state and this nation have unfortunately come to expect his unhinged attempts to politicize tragedy with his predictable and worn-out strategy to distract, distract, distract," Abudayyeh said.
Lightfoot also responded:
"I don't need leadership lessons from Donald Trump," she wrote.
I don’t need leadership lessons from Donald Trump.— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) June 27, 2020
The Mayor added the letter was part of the "same old tired playbook."
Last month, Lightfoot sent an unprofessional message to Trump in response to the riots plaguing the city.
“I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump."
"It’s two words: It begins with F and ends with you.”
Neon Nettle reported earlier this week that over 100 people were shot in Democrat-controlled Chicago during a bloodbath Father’s Day Weekend.
Fourteen people were killed in the shootings as Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s city was ravaged by violence.