Donald Trump is fed up with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D), who have both egregiously mishandled both the COVID-19 crisis and the ongoing violence within their jurisdictions.
Trump sent an order to Pritzker and Lightfoot on Friday, ordering them to take action to curb the escalating violence that has wracked the once-great city of Chicago for weeks.
Trump cited a Chicago Sun-Times article published on June 8th in his urgent warning to state leaders. The report detailed the devastating violence that took the lives of 18 Chicago residents in just 24 hours earlier this month. Though Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation and has been under Democrat leadership for decades, city leaders cannot get a handle on the violence — and it’s only getting worse.
The Sun-Times reported on Monday that over Fathers Day weekend, 104 people were shot in Lightfoot’s city, resulting in the deaths of 15. The violence in Chicago continues unchecked every single weekend, and Democrat state and city leaders refuse to do anything about it.
Trump slammed Pritzker and Lightfoot’s failure to protect residents in the strongly worded letter, writing:
Your lack of leadership on this important issue continues to fail the people you have sworn to protect. I am concerned it is another example of your lack of commitment to the vulnerable citizens who are victims of this violence and a lack of respect for the men and women in law enforcement.
Trump pointed out that the Democrat leaders had been all-too-willing to accept hundreds of millions of federal dollars to shore up law enforcement and public safety while still allowing crime rates to skyrocket in the city.
The president concluded the memo by admonishing Pritzker and Lightfoot that he is still willing to “tackle unresolved challenges” if both leaders are willing to “partisanship aside” and prioritize re-establishing law and order.
“If you are interested, I am willing to ask members of my Cabinet to meet with you and help devise a plan to make Chicago safe, since a successful formula has escaped both you and your predecessors,” Trump continued. “My Administration would also welcome the opportunity to engage with you and your colleagues as you develop bipartisan policy recommendations to improve policing and make our great cities safer for all.”
Lightfoot and Pritzker both spat in Trump’s face after the letter was delivered. “President Trump is a failure who has once again resorted to a press stunt in an attempt to distract from his long list of failures” A spokeswoman for Pritzker snarled.
“I don’t need leadership lessons from Donald Trump,” Lightfoot tweeted. “It is despicable, disgusting and all too typical. Same old tired playbook.”