It’s an ongoing feud. Pres. Donald Trump and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel keep pouring on gasoline because each one benefits.
When Da Mayor touts Sanctuary Cities, he is appealing to the Hispanic constituency essential to his reelection.
When he lashes out at Trump, he appeals to all Democrats in a city that is virtually all Democratic.
Trump, by contrast, uses Chicago to say that tough gun laws don’t prevent crime and that Deep Blue Cities are a Deep Mess. His base loves it.
That’s why Rahm went on the Stephen Colbert show to tout his new mock slogan for the city:
There is, of course, a huge Trump Tower in the city, with a mammoth sign, a Trump hotel, and so on. The city had given the honorific name of the owner to the nearby plaza but, naturally, removed it as a gesture of contempt.
Meanwhile, Trump uses the city to illustrate why stronger law enforcement is needed, gun control doesn’t work, and Democratic party control leads only to high taxes and more crime.
On the crime issue, one (anti-Trump) columnist writes in the Chicago Tribune: “Trump singles out Chicago violence again — but underestimates the problem”
The most devastating statistics in the article:
As of Thursday [Dec. 14, 2017], Chicago had 3,456 shooting victims this year, according to data tracked by the Tribune’s Breaking News Desk. That figure means there has been a shooting victim every 2 hours and 25 minutes.
And that, mind you, is an improvement:
Chicago’s violence in 2016 was worse — there were 4,369 shootings for the year, averaging one person shot every two hours.
Almost all of that crime occurs in poor, minority neighborhoods, as it does in Baltimore, St. Louis, Cleveland, Detroit, Memphis, etc. The better-off neighborhoods and downtown are still safe. Indeed, that’s why downtown areas are coming back with vibrance in these cities. If they were not safe, if they couldn’t attract young people and developers to cater to them, these cities would have no tax base at all.
When I returned to the Tribune website to get the link for the story above, I found there had already been another murder.
Whatever your politics, good kids like this teenager helping his stepdad deserve effective police protection.
True, the police cannot overcome the social breakdown of whole neighborhood, blocks filled with street gangs, young men who are not only unemployed but lack the skills to be employed at decent wages, and so on.
But the first duty of government is to protect its citizens. Chicago is failing, year after year.