Donald Trump took a jab at leftist Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and inadvertently launched a viral Twitter hashtag.
The president-elect lamented Chicago’s “record-setting” murder rate in 2016, and said if Emanuel can’t handle it, he should ask for federal help.
While Chicago is the nation’s third-largest city, it had 762 homicides in 2016 — more than New York and Los Angeles combined. Chicago’s shocking murder rate is higher than it has been in 20 years.
What’s more, shootings in 2016 skyrocketed to 4,385 (both fatal and non-fatal), from 2,900 the previous year despite the fact that Chicago has some of the strictest gun-control laws in the United States.
Twitter immediately piled on Rahm Emanuel for his city’s inexcusable crime statistics. The hashtag #ThingsSaferThanRahmsChicago yielded some hilarious Twitter gems:
Some remarked that war zone Iraq is safer than Rahm’s Chi-raq.
— TreStyles (@_TreStyles) January 2, 2017
Being a goat in an ISIS camp.
— American Anna Mull (@AnnaMull__) January 3, 2017
Being an ambassador appointed by Hillary Clinton #ThingsSaferThanRahmsChicago
— Vinz Clortho Keymaster of Gozer (@StormWall82) January 3, 2017
One Twitter user said you’re safer accepting a drink from Bill Cosby than walking the streets of Chicago.
Accepting a drink from Bill Cosby #ThingsSaferThanRahmsChicago
— The Rowdy One Rick Robinson – WE TOLD YOU!- (@RowdyRick73) January 3, 2017
Another Twitter user said you’d be better off sharing a needle with HIV-infected drug addict Charlie Sheen than hanging out in Chicago, which has had a Democratic mayor since 1927. Just sayin’.
#ThingsSaferThanRahmsChicago sharing a needle with Charlie Sheen
— Rick Cripe (@icarus269) January 3, 2017
US president Obama to visit war-torn city of Chicago, in desperate attempt to convince belligerent factions to agree to 24 hour ceasefire.
— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) January 3, 2017
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