Send the Feds to Chicago? Bring it on! say the Chicago police.
President Donald Trump served notice that he’ll send in federal reinforcement to Chicago if the killings continue in the murder capital of the United States.
Trump made the remarks on Twitter late Tuesday, writing: “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!”
While liberals on Twitter reacted by claiming Trump wants to institute “martial law” in Chicago, the city’s beleaguered police department welcomed federal assistance. It’s unclear what Trump meant by “the Feds” or if the backup will be military or civilian.
“The Chicago Police Department is more than willing to work with the federal government to build on our partnerships with DOJ, FBI, DEA and ATF and boost federal prosecution rates for gun crimes in Chicago,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
Earlier this month, Trump expressed outrage over Chicago’s record homicide rate in 2016, and said if Mayor Rahm Emanuel can’t handle it, he should ask for federal help.
Emanuel has been widely slammed for his impotence in curbing crime in Chicago, which has had a Democratic mayor since 1927.
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 jaw-dropping 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.
Here’s how some clueless people on Twitter reacted to Trump’s tweet.
Send the Feds to Chicago ? Seriously, can we just start the impeachment process now before he starts killing Americans!
— cincinnatus (@cincykids) January 25, 2017
Others supported Trump’s willingness to take action to stem the alarming homicide rates.
Never thought I'd see this in my life time A President that will take charge & get things done Proud to call you President
Feds to Chicago
— Trump Girl (@RoshieWeightman) January 25, 2017
Media concerned over sending Feds to Chicago was the same media cheering on Fed militarized response over cow grazing
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) January 25, 2017
— ned kelly (@strikeforcekid) January 25, 2017
Help is on the way Chicago. President Trump is the only person not willing to stand by and watch this carnage occur. https://t.co/6iikTtIaV7
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) January 25, 2017
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