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With violence spiraling out of control in Chicago, President Donald Trump will send federal agents to help counter the surge, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot took to Twitter to play politics.
“Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents,” the Democratic mayor tweeted.
Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 21, 2020
Lightfoot’s political grandstanding comes on a day when fourteen people were left wounded after a gun battle at a Chicago funeral home — during a service for a man gunned down last week.
“All we saw was bodies just laying everywhere. They were shot up everywhere,” said a resident near the funeral home, according to the Sun-Times. “We thought it was a war out here. It’s ridiculous all the shooting that’s going on out here, it really has to stop.”
Video was sent to me showing some of what happened in this mass shooting that left 14 people shot as they attended a funeral on Chicago’s south side. If you know anything contact @Chicago_Police. @fox32news https://t.co/sW46bVUUSF pic.twitter.com/QbDF90okVG
— Tia A. Ewing (@TIA_EWING) July 22, 2020
While the incident rings of something expected in a Middle East war zone, that’s just another day in the Windy City, which saw 25 people struck by gunfire Monday after a weekend where 70 people were shot.
On July 11, the Chicago Tribune reported that 1,901 people have been shot this year, an increase of 550 over the same time period in 2019.
With the left demonizing law enforcement and looking to defund police, murders are surging in one Democrat-run city after another and Trump is expected to announce a new federal anti-crime initiative Wednesday afternoon to combat the rising violence in American cities, ABC7 Chicago reported.
Chicago will be among the cities to see an expanded federal law enforcement presence.
Lightfoot blamed the violence on too many guns in the street, although Chicago has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country.
Too many guns are on our streets and in the hands of people who should never possess them. These individuals will be held accountable. I ask that anyone with information on this incident please come forward or submit a tip anonymously at https://t.co/Tt6O9g49ZD.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 22, 2020
This coming after the mayor tried to blame the increase in violence on COVID-19 after a bloody Fourth of July weekend that saw a 7-year-old child shot and killed.
On the same day Mayor Lightfoot deployed ‘Census Cowboy,’ a bizarre campaign to promote the U.S. Census, with the mayor urging residents to “giddy up,” she would also send a letter to the White House saying the city does not “need” federal agents, according to CBS Chicago.
“What we do not need, and what will certainly make our community less safe is secret, federal agents deployed to Chicago,” she wrote in the letter sent Monday. “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.”
In a reference to events in Portland, Mayor Lightfoot told MSNBC she wouldn’t allow “tyranny” in Chicago, but did admit that the city would be working “collaboratively” with the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to counter the violence, the Tribune reported.
Amid the chaos, Lightfoot finds plenty of time to feud with the White House, as was seen over the weekend when she called press secretary Kayleigh McEnany of being a “Karen.”
McEnany, who had pointed out that Lightfoot was “doing a very poor job at securing her streets,” slayed the Democrat in over her head when she countered by calling her “Mayor Lightweight.”
As for Chicago residents being “terrorized,” there was a “blue check” parade offering a reminder of who is doing the terrorizing:
The criminals you refuse to prosecute or fully condemn are doing a perfectly fine job of terrorizing residents, Mayor https://t.co/z9K2A73m5O
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) July 22, 2020
Your residents are being terrorized by your residents. https://t.co/vnqC6r0wxs
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) July 22, 2020
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 22, 2020
17 Chicagoans were shot at a funeral.
9 murders, 58 shot over the weekend.
Sit this one out. https://t.co/BMY4owp0HN
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 22, 2020
14 people were just shot at a funeral home in your city today, Mrs Mayor. But you're online attacking the President for wanting to stop the mass murders in your backyard. #Resign https://t.co/nnzyHT3Qzf
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) July 22, 2020
Pretty sure you don't need Trump for your residents to be terrorized at this point. https://t.co/si66atg1Hv
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) July 22, 2020
Instead, you’ll allow your residents to terrorize each other. https://t.co/YWFIWv1fn5
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) July 22, 2020
17 people shot in one shooting today in Chicago. All black on black. In ALL of 2019, in ALL of America, police shot 14 unarmed Black people. @realDonaldTrump + police aren’t a threat to Black lives in Chicago. Democrats who enable crime are. You failed Lori. Chicago needs help! https://t.co/UX55gbanTM
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) July 22, 2020
Lady, you have a murder problem in your city. Your constituents are already being terrorized.
You need all the help you can get. https://t.co/ZONpLfdBpv
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) July 22, 2020
NOTE: A previous headline stated 14 people were shot. It has been changed to make clear that 14 people were injured in the shootout at the time of publication.
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