Lightfoot Begs Biden for Help Amid Crime Wave After Refusing Offer from Trump
Shootings claimed lives of 13 children and three police officers:
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, whose city has descended into a bloodbath of soaring violent crime, has now begged Joe Biden to send federal troops to her city for help.
But last year, Lightfoot refused any help from President Trump.
Lightfoot greeted Biden at the O’Hare International Airport and asked for assistance after Chicago saw more than 100 shootings over the Independence Day weekend.
Lightfoot said in a statement following the shootings of at least 13 children and three police officers:
“This morning, we woke up to a city that is reeling yet again from another night of violence—this time not just against our residents, but against those who are sworn to protect us.
“We must be united and all in the this together. Everyone from the federal government on down must do their part to address this scourge of violence.”
Lightfoot told Trump last year not to send federal agents to the city, saying it would “spell disaster.”
“What we do not need, and what will certainly make our community less safe, is secret, federal agents deployed to Chicago,” she wrote in a letter last summer obtained by WBEZ.
“Any other form of militarized assistance within our borders that would not be within our control or within the direct command of the Chicago Police Department would spell disaster.”
Her remarks echo a plea she made to Biden for the federal government to step in amid her city's bloodbath.
“This is a national problem,” she said last Tuesday.
“Cities individually cannot tackle this problem. We just cannot. In Chicago, we’ve done absolutely everything possible, and we need help from the federal government,” the mayor added.
“When guns are so porous that they can come across our borders as we see every single day in Chicago, we know that we have to have a multi-jurisdictional, national solution to this horrible plague of gun violence.”
Last week, a one-month-old baby girl was among the 32 people shot in Lightfoot’s Chicago on Thursday.
The shootings occurred in just one day in the Democrat-run crime-ridden city.
The attack left the one-month-old in critical condition after gunmen opened fire on a group of people “in the 6500-block of South Halsted Street.”
The incident saw seven people wounded, including the one-month-old girl, who was shot in the head.