It didn’t take long for President Donald Trump’s new administration to take a swing at Chicago.
Just moments after Trump was sworn in, his team hit the go button on a revamped White House website that highlights the “thousands of shootings in Chicago last year alone.”
Though Chicago didn’t get a mention in Trump’s inaugural speech, the reference to the city was made on the section of the White House website titled “Standing up for our law enforcement community.”
“The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong,” it states. “The Trump Administration will end it.”
Chicago Police union president Dean Angelo welcomed the words from the Trump administration regarding police officers, telling Chicago Inc. in a phone interview.: “I think it’s pretty clear you don’t want to support law breakers, you want to support law enforcement.
Washington is the only other city singled out for its violent crime problem by the Trump administration, though both D.C. and Chicago are outside the top 20 nationwide for per-capita homicide rates.
“Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter,” the White House website states. “Our job is to make life more comfortable for parents who want their kids to be able to walk the streets safely. Or the senior citizen waiting for a bus. Or the young child walking home from school.”
It adds, “President Donald Trump will fight for the safety of every American, and especially those Americans who have not known safe neighborhoods for a very long time.”
The latest comments about Chicago come just a week after the U.S. Department of Justice issued a damning, sweeping report that found the city’s police officers are poorly trained and quick to turn to excessive and even deadly force, most often against blacks and Latino residents, without facing consequences.
A spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not immediately comment on Trump’s statement.
Trump routinely used Chicago’s homicide problem as a cudgel on the campaign trail, saying he knew a cop who could fix the city’s problem “in one week.”
That’ll be Jan. 27, then.
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