Chicago Mayor begrudgingly accepts Trump’s help to tame crime in her city (op-ed)

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CHICAGO, IL – The media was recently abuzz with news that Chicago’s democrat mayor, Lori Lightfoot, has accepted President Donald Trump’s assistance in reducing the recent violence in the nation’s third largest city.

This must be difficult for the first term mayor to swallow considering she ran her whole platform on reducing violence in the city, starting with relabeling gun violence as a health crisis.

She would be focusing on police reform and has recently compared federal law enforcement officers to terrorists.

She had stated:

“Police departments since the start of the history of this country, have been used to enforce unconstitutional laws that were designed to discriminate against communities of color and particularly African Americans…people don’t have trust in our police department [and] they don’t view the police department as legitimate.”

She said she will now “demand” assistance from the federal government to help stop the flow of guns coming in from other states.

During her campaign, she had said:

“That’s something that the federal government is uniquely qualified to do and they’ve abdicated their responsibility.”

When Lightfoot took office, she filled her administration with experts that claim they are renowned for police reform and community-based violence prevention programs, which earned approval from anti-violence activists. 

Mayor Lightfoot was incredibly vocal regarding her disapproval for her predecessor, Rahm Emanuel, who was mayor from 2011 – 2019. She claimed he didn’t do enough to protect the citizens of Chicago. He had weak policies and unsuccessful community-based social programs.

Mayor Lightfoot didn’t think Emanuel knew what the community needed.

Apparently, they share that in common, because the people of Chicago have been asking for federal assistance in their city for years.

Residents begged former President Barack Obama to send federal law enforcement to help fight the brutal violence at ground level for his entire presidency, which went ignored. As is often the war cry for Democrats, Obama felt that all Chicago needed to make Chicago safer were stricter gun control laws. 

We see how well that has worked out thus far.

On May 23,  Mayor Lightfoot accepted President Trump’s offer to bring in Federal Law Enforcement Officials to help fight the recent increase in violent crimes that spiked at the onset of the Black Lives Matter “protests.”

These protests have forced police to decrease their patrols and scale back proactive policing at the insistence of politicians.

However, if Mayor Lightfoot views federal law enforcement officers as terrorists, then why the sudden change of heart towards President Trump’s offer of support?

Is it because since the Black Lives Matter protests began in May, Chicago has seen a 50% increase in homicides and over 400 people have lost their lives? Or is it because others have decided to take matters into their own hands and be the leader Chicago truly needs? 

President Trump’s call to Lightfoot was not just happenstance.

On July 18th, Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara asked Trump for help control the surge in violent crime. Catanzara’s letter states that Mayor Lightfoot has been a “complete failure” at controlling the cities violent crime epidemic and he would like to meet with the President to “discuss how to bring back civility” to the streets of Chicago.”

Although Catanzara never formally asked for assistance, it’s clear that there needed to be an intervention of sorts in the Windy City. 

The communication between President Trump and Catanzara, who is the spokesman for the Chicago Police Department Union, embarrassed Lightfoot and she lashed out like a petulant child.

Lightfoot said:

“In the middle of everything that is going on, in a craven political move, this man [Catanzara] waved his hand to President Trump and invited him to bring federal troops into our city, a la Portland.

“We have tried to engage him in a constructive way. He refuses to do so because he’s more interested in trying to make himself a political figure.”

She must not understand that when you vilify your law enforcement and are looking to support reform and defunding of the department, that doesn’t scream “constructive engagement.” 

After Mayor Lightfoot’s less than truthful comments on constructive engagement, she stooped to petty namecalling and bullying that is not becoming of a person with her title and position.

She lashed out at Catanzara via text message calling him a cartoon character, a clown, irrelevant, desparate, and a total fraud.

She stands by her characterization of the FOP President.

She claims requesting Trump’s support was cowardly:

“How is that responsible? How does that make sense? What he should be doing is focusing on things that [are] actually important to his members.”

He is, Madam Mayor. Maybe you should also focus on the things that are important to your community members. You know, like not being murdered. 

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Meanwhile, activists are doing everything they can to “protect” rioters from federal officers.

This past Thursday, several activist groups including Black Lives Matter have filed paperwork in federal court.

Their hope is to prevent federal law enforcement from interfering with protests that have been ongoing in Chicago and across the country since the death of George Floyd back in May. Then in July, Trump signed an executive order that would prevent the destruction of federal property and monuments across the country.

This month, the president dispatched federal officers to Portland, Oregon to stop protesters who were damaging federal buildings.

According to ABC 7 Chicago:

“A collection of Chicago activist groups want a judge to block federal agents sent to the city to combat violent crime by President Donald Trump from interfering in or policing protests, arguing in a lawsuit filed Thursday that that the surge will inhibit residents’ ability to hold demonstrations.

“The suit names Attorney General William Barr along with the heads of other federal agencies whose agents are part of the surge plan announced at the White House on Wednesday.” 

The “surge” plan mentioned is Trumps new initiative to combat violence in cities across the US.

On Wednesday President Donald Trump held a press conference to announce a new anti-crime initiative or surge plan to combat violence in several major cities including Chicago. The Presidents announcement comes a day after 15 people were shot in front of a funeral home.

As ABC 7 Chicago reported:

“Trump blamed deadly policies and deadly politicians as responsible for out-of-control crime in numerous U.S. cities.”

The president also reported a staggering statistic for The Windy City:

‘”At least 414 people have been murdered in the city this year. A roughly 50% increase over last year'”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot reportedly spoke to President Trump about his intentions to send the feds to her city.

A statement released by Lightfoot’s Office said:

“‘The President reached out to Mayor Lightfoot this evening to confirm that he plans to send federal resources to Chicago to supplement ongoing federal investigations pertaining to violent crime. The conversation was brief and straightforward.

“Mayor Lightfoot maintains that all resources will be investigatory in nature and be coordinated through the U.S. Attorney’s office. The Mayor has made clear that if there is any deviation from what has been announced, we will pursue all available legal options to protect Chicagoans.'” 

These groups filing a suit against Trump and his staff are looking for assurances that this supplement of federal manpower isn’t going to interfere with protests. People that have been peacefully protesting have not been subject to arrest, or really any kind of interference, from law enforcement.

Violent agitators, looters and people destroying property, however, are attracting much attention of law enforcement.

So who are groups like Black Lives Matter really trying to protect?

Last weekend in Chicago, 18 police officers were injured while protecting a statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park.

According to CBS News Chicago, the protest began as a “defund the police” protest at Buckingham Fountain and then headed south towards Grant Park. As more people joined the protest and arrived at Grant Park, the crowd turned on the police began hurling objects at the police while trying to overrun them.

CBS News said:

“Police say 14 people were arrested and could face charges including battery of a police officer and mob action.”

WTTW News Chicago released CPD video of the protest and it shows an unruly mob storming into the park and then hurling objects at officers as they do their best to hold their positions while being easily outnumbered.

The events of last weekend in Grant Park are carbon copies of protests around the country. They are not peaceful and they are only growing more violent as the weeks go on. The line between protester and domestic terrorist have been blurred for weeks now.

So rather than ask their members to keep their protesters peaceful, all of these organizations have doubled down and filed a suit to keep the destruction going all under the guise of the First Amendment.

This is being done while continuing to vilify the police and anyone else who attempts to get in their way.

 

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