Repeating comments he made in a town hall interview with Fox’s Sean Hannity show this week, Trump compared the city to Afghanistan and said “the American people (hardworking taxpayers) send you millions of dollars in federal funding each year to support public safety in Chicago,” including $136 million in the past two years from the Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program, $898.6 million in COVID relief funds, and opioid abuse and recidivism reduction funding. That’s on top of “those collected through your combined insatiable appetite to tax the people of Illinois and Chicago,” which has “caused thousands of Illinoisans to flee to other states.”
“If you are interested, I am willing to ask members of my cabinet to meet with you and help devise a plan to make Chicago safe, since a successful formula has escaped both you and your predecessors.”
He continued, “If you are willing to put partisanship aside, we can revitalize distressed neighborhoods in Chicago, together.” He concluded that both Lightfoot and Pritzker “put your own political interests ahead of the lives, safety and fortunes of your own citizens.”
Pritzker and Lightfoot said they stood together. Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh tweeted Trump “is a failure who has once again resorted to a press stunt in an attempt to distract from his long list of failures, especially his response to the deadly coronavirus and nationwide calls for racial justice.
“The people of this state and this nation have unfortunately come to expect his unhinged attempts to politicize tragedy with his predictable and worn out strategy to distract, distract, distract.”
Lightfoot said she didn’t “need leadership lessons from Donald Trump. As our police officers, street outreach workers and residents continue to work tirelessly to keep our communities safe, he's using the victims of gun violence in our city to score cheap political points, spew racist rhetoric and ignore the impact of COVID across this country. It is despicable, disgusting and all too typical. Same old tired playbook. How about some leadership not steeped in the divide and conquer tactics?”