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Instead of urging her constituents to cooperate with federal authorities as they investigate and attempt to put a stop to the horrific crime engulfing her city, far-left Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot chose on Wednesday to attack President Donald Trump.
Responding to the president’s decision to send federal law enforcement officers to Chicago (and other cities) “to help drive down violent crime,” she held a press conference during which she accused him of not actually caring about the victims of violent crime, told her constituents to call 911 immediately if they see federal authorities doing anything “that doesn’t look right” and threatened to file suit if federal authorities misbehave.
“I’m calling on all Chicagoans, if you see something that doesn’t look right, please don’t hesitate to report it. Call 911, call 311. We are going to remain diligent, and if we see any steps out of line, particularly with DHS or Border Patrol, we are not going to hesitate to take the president to court and stop any unconstitutional actions,” she said.
Mayor Lightfoot just called for the people of Chicago to snitch on DHS/Border Patrol/etc… pic.twitter.com/znR3YtERCL
— M3thods (@M2Madness) July 22, 2020
She also slammed the president for meeting with the victims of violent crime.
“Make no mistake about it. What happened today in Washington, D.C., with those poor families, was a political stunt. There has been no goodwill from this family for our cities to do what is necessary to help us address local issues,” she added during another portion of the presser.
Watch the full presser below:
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 22, 2020
While Lightfoot spent all of Wednesday trashing the president both at the presser and on her Twitter feed, the president held his own presser alongside the family members of men, women and children who’ve died because of the violence in Chicago.
Among the family members was Sharrell Jones, whose 14-year-old son was murdered during the July 4th weekend weeks earlier.
“On Independence Day, 14-year-old Vernado Jones, Jr., was playing basketball with friends in a Chicago park when he was senselessly killed in a massacre that left eight people dead or wounded. Vernado’s mother Sharrell is here with us today. And, Sharrell, please know that all Americans mourn by your side,” the president said.
“We will carry your son’s memory. He will not be forgotten, Sharrell. Thank you very much. Thank you for being here, Sharrell. Thank you very much. It was a great honor to meet you before. Thank you.”
Watch the full presser below:
Like other members of the far-left, Lightfoot takes umbrage to the recent use of federal authorities to quell the weeks of violence that have plagued Portland, Oregon.
To hear members of the left tell it, the violence and attacks on federal buildings in Portland erupted as a result of the president’s intervention. But in reality, that’s a lie. The violence had been happening for weeks, with one of the most devastating attacks occurring on July 4th.
“On July 4th, Portland’s thirty-ninth consecutive night of protests, more than a thousand people assembled in front of the Justice Center and Federal Courthouse downtown,” according to the award-winning journalists at Bellingcat.
“They began launching dozens of commercial-grade fireworks into the concrete facades of both buildings, prompting a response from the police and federal agents inside both buildings. What followed resembled nothing so much as a medieval siege.”
Likewise, the violence in Chicago had been growing for weeks and months before the president finally intervened, with the city now “on track to have its deadliest year in nearly two decades,” as reported Wednesday by Newsweek.
The report came only about a month and a half after Chicago experienced its most violent day in 60 years as 18 people were killed in the span of just 24 hours.
The Killing Fields of Chicago: 18 people were killed Sunday, May 31, making it the single most violent day in the Windy City in six decades, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab.
— Andrew Neil (@afneil) June 9, 2020
Lightfoot believes the solution to this longtime epidemic is to implement even stricter gun control laws.
“There are too many damn guns on our streets,” she said during Wednesday’s briefing.
She likewise retweeted the following from tyrannical far-left activist Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action:
If Donald Trump really cared about improving public safety, he’d invest in programs to interrupt violence and do something to strengthen our nation’s gun laws. #twill Operation Legend https://t.co/QxHI9MFmBn
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 22, 2020
Yet Illinois and the city of Chicago in particular already boast some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, as noted by her social media critics.
When you say that you have your city handled and you’ve had almost 2000 shot and almost 400 killed this year. You do not have your city handled.
And good guys with guns are not the one shooting people, bad guys with guns are. And they will get guns no matter the restriction.
— Kathy (@Kathyjsanders) July 22, 2020
Gun control why? Criminals don’t follow laws! More gun control means more restrictions on law abiding citizens who clearly need to protect ourselves from the criminal. You want them to defund police AND take citizens guns? You must have a death wish.
— Banana Baby Bnta (@bruquta) July 23, 2020
No one will be held accountable for killing babies, children. Your city is a gun control city. Yet only the lawless have guns. No parent can protect their children.
— Terry (@IrishTea1) July 23, 2020
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