Donald Trump could be the grouchy old man with a bad combover who lives next door and yells at anyone who dares step on his lawn. POTUS complains. He feels victimized. He criticizes people. Certainly, this behavior is not becoming of a president. Check out his latest unpresidential grievance.
POTUS traveled to Chicago, Illinois for a fundraiser and to speak to a national gathering of police chiefs. Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson skipped the Trump event, and the president was not happy, so he began attacking Johnson and the city he protected:
‘I want Eddie Johnson to change his values and change them fast.
‘There is one person who is not here today. We’re in Chicago. I said, “Where is he? I want to talk to him.” More than anyone else, he should be here, because maybe he could learn something. And that’s the Superintendent of Chicago police Eddie Johnson.’
Johnson boycotted Trump’s speech, because the “values of the people of Chicago” were more important than anything Trump would have to say. Trump nailed him:
‘I don’t think so, because that’s a very insulting statement after all I’ve done for the police. And I’ve done more than any president has ever done for the police. Here’s a man who could not bother to show up for a meeting of police chiefs in his hometown with the president of the United States. And you know why? He’s not doing his job.’
Once again, the man in the Oval Office called Chicago more dangerous than Afghanistan. He either did not know or did not care that violent crime has been on the downswing since it spiked in 2016. This year, Chicago Police Department statistics showed that homicides and shootings had declined 11 percent over a one-year period.
According to The Chicago Tribune statistics, there were 2,313 people shot and 436 deaths. That was a dramatic drop from 2016 when it was up 26.4 percent. Since the president was elected in 2016, Chicago has had double-digit declines in violent crime. During 2016, 4,300 people were wounded, and 760 died from gunshot wounds.
In spite of these improving statistics, the president scoffed at what he called some of the toughest gun laws in Illinois. He told the crowd:
‘That doesn’t seem to be working so well does it.’
That was incorrect information. While Chicago had those tough laws years ago, those laws were altered after 2010. In fact, Los Angeles, New York, and San Franciso have tougher gun laws.
Then, the president attacked Chicago former mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “oversight of police reforms in Chicago.” Emanuel served as President Barack Obama’s chief of staff.
Trump told the group that his administration had “curtailed the harmful and intrusive use of federal consent decrees” which forced local policing reforms:
‘No longer will federal bureaucrats micromanage your police departments,;
Chicago already had a federal consent decree on the books after Emanuel told a federal court he would agree to oversight of the police. Obama’s administration uncovered a “pattern of misconduct and excessive force” in the windy city.
Trump also brought up actor Jussie Smollet’s “scam.” He compared the Chicago native’s false claims to what he called the Congressional Democrats impeachment “scam.”
The president knocked Superintendent Johson, saying he was not going after immigrants living illegally in the city. POTUS told this story about a cop:
‘”How long do you think it would take to fix this killing problem in Chicago?” Trump said he asked the man. “One day, sir,” the man responded, implying that the cops knew what to do, but the political leaders were getting in the way.’
The president demeaned Chicago and its sanctuary city status as part of his hard-line stance against illegal immigration. Chicago laws state people’s citizenship status cannot be questioned without a court order.
Trump full speech is below:
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