Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson called out Donald Trump for his ridiculous claims that a “top cop” told Trump he could end the gun violence in Chicago “in a week” if the right people were in charge.
Trump told Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly that:
‘They’re right now not tough. I could tell you this very long and quite boring story. But when I was in Chicago, I got to meet a couple of very top police. I said, “How do you stop this? How do you stop this? If you were put in charge — to a specific person — do you think you could stop it?” He said, “Mr. Trump, I’d be able to stop it in one week.” And I believed him 100 percent.’
Trump would not clarify who the “top cop” was, just someone “capable, smart, and talented.”
Chicago police deny that they ever met with Donald Trump, saying that the GOP presidential candidate never spoke to any of their “top brass.” According to Superintendent Johnson:
‘No one in the senior command… has ever met with Donald Trump…. The best way to address crime is through…community policing and…stronger laws to keep illegal guns and repeat violent offenders off the street.’
Johnson would also like to know exactly how Trump proposes that gun violence in Chicago can be solved in one week. Chicago’s gun deaths are currently at 441 for the year, 296 more than at this time last year. The issues of violence, poverty, and crime are not simple and cannot be boiled down to a week-long solution.
Trump also came under fire recently for tweeting about the shooting death of Dwyane Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge, who was unintentionally gunned down by two brothers in Chicago while walking down the street pushing a stroller. Trump decided to make that tragedy all about him instead of expressing any sympathy for the family or offering words of comfort.
Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016
Superintendent Johnson called on Donald Trump to reveal this grand plan of his. If he knew a way to end gun violence, wouldn’t he just come out with it to save lives? He can’t, because there is no easy way.
‘If you have a magic bullet to stop the violence anywhere, not just in Chicago, but in America, then please share it with us. We’d be glad to take that information and stop this violence.’
Donald Trump says he has the best ideas to fix every ill our country faces, so why has he still not explained any of them in detail yet?
For more on Superintendent Johnson and Chicago’s gun violence, see video below:
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