Yesterday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot went after Ivanka Trump for the crime of pointing out the violence that is overwhelming Chicago. Ivanka Trump correctly pointed out the horrific violence that happened in Chicago over the weekend and Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not like that.
Even if Ivanka was off by a few numbers, it does not matter because the numbers are so big and staggering the problem is evident to all.
There really is no amount of sugarcoating or mudslinging by the Democrat Mayor that can hide the facts on the ground. Score this round to Ivanka Trump.
The Hill reported that in a pair of widely shared posts on Twitter, Ivanka Trump wrote, “As we grieve over the evil mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, let us not overlook that Chicago experienced its deadliest weekend of the year.”
“With 7 dead and 52 wounded near a playground in the Windy City- and little national outrage or media coverage- we mustn’t become numb to the violence faced by inner city communities every day,” she added.
After being pressed about the comments in an interview with the Tribune, Mayor Lightfoot sounded off on Ivanka Trump.
“It wasn’t a playground, it was a park,” Lori Lightfoot said. “It wasn’t seven dead. It wasn’t 52 wounded in one incident, which is what this suggests. It’s misleading.”
“It’s important when we’re talking about people’s lives to actually get the facts correct which one can easily do if you actually cared about getting it right,” she continued.
“That’s the danger of somebody with a platform and audience … that doesn’t know what they’re talking about and getting the fundamental facts wrong that they can easily figure out if they had the decency to actually reach out to us if they wanted to be a constructive and engaged partner,” she added.
“What I’m focused on is actually helping run the city of Chicago and working hard every day with the superintendent and his leadership team to keep people in our city safe,” Lightfoot said. “I’m not going to be distracted by nonsense tweets from people who don’t know what they’re talking about.”
The White House later said in a statement reported by the Tribune that Ivanka Trump “has appreciated getting to know Mayor Lightfoot, respects her commitment to addressing this issue and looks forward to continuing the conversation around this issue, workforce development and economic opportunity for all.”
The statement emphasized that 7 people died and 52 were wounded “across the city,” saying it resulted “in one of the deadliest weekends in the city this year.” It added that officials “cannot ignore the gun violence that happens in cities across this country on a daily basis.”