Violent crime in Chicago, New York City, and other U.S. cities soared to record-setting levels amid the anti-police protests of the past few weeks.
With Chicago and other major cities being either incapable or unwilling to take the necessary steps to stop the rising violence, President Donald Trump has offered up federal assistance — if the Democrat leaders in those cities want it.
Trump: Federal assistance is available
On Sunday, President Trump offered a helping hand to the mayors of Chicago and New York City specifically, Breitbart reported.
Both cities have seen surges in violent crime and dozens of shooting injuries and deaths in recent weeks, despite both of those cities having some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation. Both mayors are blaming the surge at least partly on the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump tweeted, “Chicago and New York City crime numbers are way up. 67 people shot in Chicago, 13 killed. Shootings up significantly in NYC where people are demanding that @NYGovCuomo & @NYCMayor act now. Federal Government ready, willing and able to help, if asked!”
Chicago and New York City crime numbers are way up. 67 people shot in Chicago, 13 killed. Shootings up significantly in NYC where people are demanding that @NYGovCuomo & @NYCMayor act now. Federal Government ready, willing and able to help, if asked!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2020
Breitbart noted that Trump’s numbers on Chicago — 67 shot, 13 killed — were actually a bit short of the overall total for the weekend. There ended up being at least 70 shot and 14 killed as of Sunday night over the 4th of July weekend in the city managed by Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
This isn’t the first time that President Trump has openly called out Chicago for its out-of-control violence.
Just a couple of weeks ago during a White House press conference with the president of Poland, Trump, in response to a question about the ongoing lawlessness and efforts at police reform, called out Democrat-run cities like Chicago as being among the most violent in the nation.
That led to a hilarious failure of a “fact check” by The Washington Post the next day which only served to prove the president’s point by highlighting the fact that “only” 19 of the top 20 “most dangerous” cities, like Chicago, were run by Democrats.
Chicago is an example …
Undeterred by the Post’s failings, President Trump returned to the topic again in a town hall event with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, during which he repeatedly cited Chicago as an example of the crime and lawlessness his administration opposed.
At one point, Trump said, “Look, Chicago is an example. It’s, like, worse than Afghanistan. It’s worse than — I shouldn’t say it because they’re working with us — Honduras, Guatemala.”
Whether Lightfoot and NYC mayor Bill de Blasio (D) will set aside their partisan dislike of the president and accept his offer of federal law enforcement assistance to help restore law and order in their cities is another question altogether. Their constituents should make their voices heard loud and clear.