“Seven people shot and killed yesterday in Chicago. What is going on there – totally out of control. Chicago needs help!

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Donald Trump recently tweeted about crime in Chicago, in particular that seven people were shot and killed in one day. Unfortunately, there is nothing inaccurate about this tweet. Seven people were shot and killed and thirteen others wounded in Chicago on February 22.

So far in 2017, there have been 91 counted homicides, putting it on par with last year for the number of recorded killings. Notably, 2016 saw the highest number of recorded killings in two decades at 760 murders and 4,300 shootings.

Donald has Tweeted Before About Chicago

This isn’t the first time Donald Trump has tweeted about crime in Chicago:

What has Donald Trump Done About the Crime Problem in Chicago?

Chicago clearly has the President’s attention. What has Donald Trump done other than take to Twitter and threaten to send in the feds? Absolutely nothing. Despite requests by the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, for more federal help, Trump has done nothing.  He hasn’t sent in National Guard troops, he hasn’t provided assistance from the FBI or DEA, he hasn’t provided more federal funding to the Chicago Police Department, and he hasn’t made gun control a focal point of his administration.

Trump’s campaign promised to repeal Obama’s executive actions to streamline the gun purchase background checks system, get rid of gun-free zones at schools, and enact a national right to carry in 50 states. Meanwhile, Trump tweets about violence in Chicago from the safety of Mar-a-Lago.

Laura Bilotta
Laura Bilotta

NYU Law Grad. Public Defender in NJ for 10 years and counting. Vegan for 3 years and counting. Runner and cyclist in spare time.

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