President Trump invoked the recent uptick in violence, turning again to one of his recurring topics on the issue: Chicago.
“The murder rate in 2015 experienced its largest single-year increase in nearly half a century,” Trump said, echoing a point he has made before, which is correct. “In Chicago, more than 4,000 people were shot last year alone –- and the murder rate so far this year has been even higher. This is not acceptable in our society.”
Trump has repeatedly invoked Chicago’s violence as a catchall for the recent increases in violence nationwide. However, after one of his regular comments on the subject last week, the Chicago police noted that they had asked for help and were still waiting for a response.
“We’ve made requests to the White House and the Justice Department for them to support our work — from increasing federal gun prosecution to more FBI, DEA and ATF agents to more funding for mentoring, job training and more,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement last week. “The mayor made the request in person as recently as last week and we are hopeful the administration will finally respond.”
Trump has repeatedly mentioned Chicago, often referencing it in tweets or speeches, and has at various points threatened to “send in the feds,” although he has not explained what he meant (and there are already federal law enforcement agencies on the ground).