President Trump went after New York and Chicago in a series of tweets after gun violence gripped both Democrat-run cities over the Fourth of July weekend.
‘This is no longer about peaceful protesting, this is about angry, violent, criminal mobs taking over certain (Democrat run) cities. It is a lack of political leadership in that city,’ Trump said quoting Chad Wolf, his acting secretary of Homeland Security, who appeared Monday morning on ‘Fox & Friends.’
Trump tagged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in that tweet, but the president lumped in Chicago as well, tweeting that they both ‘play the Sanctuary City card, where criminals are protected.’
President Trump went after New York and Chicago in a series of tweets after both cities were rocked by gun violence over the Fourth of July holiday weekend
President Trump quoted his acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf who made an appearance on ‘Fox & Friends’ Monday morning
President Trump also suggested New York and Chicago’s so-called ‘Sanctuary City’ status contributed to the uptick in gun violence
Chicago police officers investigate the scene of a shooting in the city on Sunday. Scores of people were shot and wounded in the Windy City over the weekend
‘Perhaps they will have to start changing their ways (and thinking!),’ the president said.
So-called sanctuary cities don’t work with federal immigration enforcement to deport residents.
Democrats argue communities are safer because undocumented people will be less hesitant to report crime.
Trump has continually tried to link crime to cities’ sanctury city status.
There was no evidence that immigrants – nor Black Lives Matter activists – were predominantly responsible for the Fourth of July shootings.
Chicago’s CBS affiliate reported Monday morning that nearly 80 people had been shot in Chicago since Friday night.
Fifteen people have died, while 12 of the shooting victims were minors.
The youngest victim was 7-year-old Natalia Wallace, who was shot in the forehead when she was outside playing in a yard.
On Sunday, Trump made similar statements aimed at New York and Chicago – saying he would send in federal resources if asked
The president also criticized those pushing to defund the police. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, activists have pushed to ‘defund the police’ – take money away from law enforcement and put it toward schools and social services
In New York, 11 people were killed in two days. There were 30 shootings and 48 shooting victims. Ten were considered homicides, according to WABC.
On Sunday evening, Trump made similar statements about the two cities.
‘Democrats want to Defund & Abolish Police. This despite poor crime numbers in cities that they run. CRAZY!’ the president wrote.
Since the Memorial Day death of George Floyd, which resulted in ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations around the country and globally, activists have been saying they want to ‘defund the police’ – give less taxpayer money to law enforcement and reallocate it to schools and other community services.
In another Sunday evening tweet, the president volunteered to send federal help to Chicago and New York to respond to the shooting sprees.
‘Federal Government ready, willing and able to help, if asked!’ Trump said.