Trump slams Chicago’s top cop for skipping speech: He’s not doing his job

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Chicago’s top cop recently made a spectacle of his choice to skip out on the president’s address in the Windy City, and Trump just called him out.

According to the Post, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson refused to go to the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, where Trump addressed high-ranking law enforcement officials.

“As police officers, our job is to be the voice for the voiceless and ambassadors to the communities that we serve,” Johnson said prior to skipping the gathering. “I can’t in good conscience stand by while racial insults and hatred are cast from the oval office, or Chicago is held hostage because of our views on New Americans.”

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The superintendent of the Chicago police was just called out by the president. (Wikipedia)

 

The president was upset that such a high-ranking official would choose to completely ignore the appearance simply out of his apparent distaste for the administration. Essentially, Johnson sought to create more divisiveness within the community because of a difference of opinion over what ‘law’ means. 

“I have to take into account, not just my personal feelings about it, but our core values as a city,” Johnson said.

Trump blasted the superintendent for his comments that claimed that the people of Chicago’s values would never align with anything the president might say.

“There is one person that’s not here today,” Trump said at the conference. “I said, ‘Where is he, I want to talk to him. In fact, more than anyone else, this person should be here because maybe he could learn something. And that’s the superintendent of Chicago Police chief Eddie Johnson.”

Trump echoed the Chicago cop’s words and said that he was hurt by his statements. 

“A few days ago, Johnson said quote, ‘The values of the people of Chicago are more important than anything President Trump could have decided.’ I don’t think so. Because it’s a very insulting statement,” Trump said about Johnson. 

He went on to criticize Johnson’s absence from the address.

“After all I’ve done, and I’ve done more than any other president. Here’s a man that could not bother to show up for a meeting of police chiefs, the most respected people, in his hometown. And with the president of the United States,” Trump said.

 

The president went on to cite rising statistics behind violent crime and murder within the walls of the city. 

“It’s because he’s not doing his job. Last year, 565 people were murdered in Chicago. Since Eddie Johnson has been policing, more than 1,500 people have been murdered in Chicago and 13,067 people have been shot. During the first weekend of August 2019, seven people were murdered.”

Trump continued the pushback, arguing that a liberal city with some of the strictest gun laws in the country shouldn’t be facing the horrific crime numbers. 

“Chicago has the toughest gun laws in the United States. That doesn’t seem to be working too well. A lot of you people know exactly what I mean. But under Johnson’s leadership, they certainly don’t protect people,” he continued. 

Johnson said he skipped it because the city and Trump did not see eye to eye on a moral standpoint. 

“We are nothing without trust and with some of our communities under siege. It just doesn’t line up with our city’s core values along with my personal values,” Johnson had said prior to the conference. 

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Trump slams Chicago's top cop for skipping speech: He's not doing his job

 

Trump pulled no punches, saying that the police officers of Chicago deserved a law enforcement leader that would support them in their stand against violence and would help get the city back under control.

“Police officers of Chicago are entitled to a police superintendent who has their back. You’re entitled to a police superintendent who sides with you, with the people [of] Chicago, and with the families of Chicago, not the criminals and gang members that are here illegally,” he declared.

He finished by saying he hoped Johnson would reconsider his feelings. 

“I want Eddie Johnson to change his values and change them fast,” the president said. 

Trump continued his speech by praising police officers, giving them the support they rarely see in this day and age.

“You don’t hear it enough. You do an incredible job. People of this country love you and you don’t hear that. They love you. You don’t hear it from the fake news. The fake news doesn’t like talking about that but [Americans] love you,” he said. 

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The president pledged his continued support of those who hold the thin blue line. 

 

He pledged his continued support for those who wear the badge. 

“Every day of my presidency, I will be your greatest and most loyal champion. I have been and I will be,” he finished. 

Johnson has been in the news quite a bit lately. Skipping out on Trump’s speech aside, the high-ranking cop has now found himself at the center of an investigation after he was found asleep behind the wheel and had admitted to having a few drinks before driving.

Additionally, the local police union slammed Johnson’s leadership, instilling a vote of no confidence in their leader. 

“The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 Board of Directors today issued a vote of no confidence against Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson,” the union said.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 (FOP) welcomes the arrival of President Trump this Monday to address the…

Posted by Fraternal Order of Police: Chicago Lodge No. 7 on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

 

 

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