While Democrats and the liberal media react with feigned outrage over a pair of mass shootings that occurred within 24 hours of one another, they conveniently ignore the daily violence in Democrat-run cities like Baltimore and Chicago.
Chicago is legendary for its murder rate and the gun battles in the streets, which often claim the lives of innocent bystanders, and in the face if the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where 31 people were killed, Ivanka Trump took to Twitter to remind the nation the Windy City “experienced its deadliest weekend of the year.”
And the city’s Democratic mayor didn’t like it very much, declaring that she is “not going to be distracted by nonsense tweets from people who don’t know what they’re talking about.”
The first daughter and White House adviser tweeted: “As we grieve over the evil mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, let us not overlook that Chicago experienced its deadliest weekend of the year.
“With 7 dead and 52 wounded near a playground in the Windy City- and little national outrage or media coverage – we mustn’t become numb to the violence faced by inner city communities every day.”
With 7 dead and 52 wounded near a playground in the Windy City- and little national outrage or media coverage- we mustn’t become numb to the violence faced by inner city communities every day.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 6, 2019
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot responded to the tweets by splitting hairs and arguing over semantics, as if the difference between a “playground” and a “park” matters all that much.
“It wasn’t a playground, it was a park,” Lightfoot told the Chicago Tribune, when asked about the tweets. “It wasn’t seven dead. It wasn’t 52 wounded in one incident, which is what this suggests. It’s misleading.”
“It’s important when we’re talking about people’s lives to actually get the facts correct which one can easily do if you actually cared about getting it right,” she continued.
For the record, the Tribune reported that by Monday morning, “55 people had been shot across the city, seven of them fatally. The victims ranged from 5 to 56 years old.”
The shootings were a series of separate incidents, including one near a playground.
Yet, the camp that tells us that feelings and morality are more important than facts is suddenly immersed in geographical accuracy.
“That’s the danger of somebody with a platform and audience … that doesn’t know what they’re talking about and getting the fundamental facts wrong that they can easily figure out if they had the decency to actually reach out to us if they wanted to be a constructive and engaged partner,” Mayor Lightfoot told the newspaper.
In response to the El Paso and Dayton shooting, Lightfoot called on President Donald Trump to set “a better, clearer moral tone,” essentially faulting him as she called for more gun control efforts.
(Never mind that Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation.)
“What he’s been doing is blowing every racist, xenophobic dog whistle and when you do that, when you blow that kind of dog whistle, animals come out,” the mayor said of Trump on Monday.
Ivanka Trump met with the lesbian mayor shortly after Lightfoot was elected — then mayor-elect, the Democrat stopped by the White House during three days of meetings in Washington, D.C.
Suffice it to say, things appeared to be much chummier then.
Wonderful mtg Chicago Mayor-elect Lightfoot, the 1st African-American woman & 1st openly gay person to lead the city.
Great discussion on topics including economic revitalization, workforce dev, vocational edu, CJR reform & crime prevention.
I look forward to working together. pic.twitter.com/EOcuVIkuoy
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 7, 2019
Talking the high road to Lightfoot’s criticism, the White House said Trump respects the mayor’s commitment.
The White House has released a statement noting Ivanka Trump “has appreciated getting to know Mayor Lightfoot, respects her commitment to addressing this issue and looks forward to continuing the conversation around this issue, workforce development and economic opportunity… pic.twitter.com/1t0sGuuBFB
— Gregory Pratt (@royalpratt) August 6, 2019