The president made a big mistake when he went to Chicago to speak before the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Not only did the president attack the officers on the ground who were actually protecting him that day, but he attacked Chicago leadership for allegedly allowing crime, oh, and protecting Jussie Smollett.
Trump said this about Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson:
“Here’s a man that could not bother to show up for a meeting of police chiefs … in his hometown and with the president of the United States. And you know why? It’s because he’s not doing his job.”
During a speech in Chicago, Trump slammed the city's police chief Eddie Johnson and actor Jussie Smollett for the alleged staging of a hate crime against himself.
— POLITICO (@politico) October 28, 2019
Johnson responded to Trump by saying:
“This president is known for doing a lot of talking about the city of Chicago. But if he’s truly ready to roll up his sleeves to partner with us, so are we — as long as that partnership reflects who we are as Chicagoans.”
NEW: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson responds to criticism from Pres. Trump.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 28, 2019
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has now responded to the president’s “buffoonery” as well with a message of her own. Lightfoot took to her Twitter page to put the president in his place. Lightfoot said:
“It’s no surprise that @realDonaldTrump brought his insulting, ignorant buffoonery to Chicago. Luckily, in this city, we know the truth and we will not let anyone — no matter how high the office — denigrate who we are as a people or our status as a welcoming city.”
It's no surprise that @realDonaldTrump brought his insulting, ignorant buffoonery to Chicago. Luckily, in this city, we know the truth and we will not let anyone — no matter how high the office — denigrate who we are as a people or our status as a welcoming city.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) October 28, 2019
“Rather than belittle Chicago’s communities with hateful and dishonest rhetoric, he needs to go back to D.C. and face his fate.”
The mayor wasn’t done there, though. She continued:
“President Trump knows as much about policing as he does running a fair and transparent government. I stand by the Superintendent for living up to the values of this great city and its residents.”
People responding to Lightfoot on Twitter applauded her response to the garish president. Lightfoot told the president the truth. He knows nothing about policing.
Below are a few of the comments people left for Lightfoot: