Trump Campaigns Against Lightfoot

And Pritzker. From a letter from President Donald Trump to Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot:

Unlike previous Administrations of both parties, I am willing to tackle unsolved challenges. If you are willing to put partisanship aside, we can revitalize distressed neighborhoods in Chicago, together. But to succeed, you must establish law and order. The combination of crime, high State and local taxes, and onerous State and local government regulations have caused thousands of Illinoisans to flee to other States. Between 2010 and 2019, Illinois lost more of its population than any other state in the Nation. 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. My Administration would also welcome the opportunity to engage with you and your colleagues as you develop bipartisan policy recommendations to improve policing and make our great cities safer for all.

Unfortunately, you continue to put your own political interests ahead of the lives, safety, and fortunes of your own citizens. The people of Chicago deserve better.

Perhaps I’m too cynical but I think that is what is called “trolling”. Ironically, the most likely outcome of the letter will be to strengthen Pritzker and Lightfoot politically.

For additional context you might want to read this old article in Chicago Magazine. Chicago city government is not merely a passive victim of gang violence—it’s up to its hips in it. IMO If Gov. Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot were shrewd they’d take the president up on his offer if for no other reason than to be able to criticize it. I’m guessing they’ll just fulminate about the slight and criticize a hypothetical offer they would never accept anyway.


And they’ve responded! From WGN. Mayor Lightfoot:

It is despicable, disgusting and all too typical. Same old tired playbook. How about some leadership not steeped in the divide and conquer tactics?

and Gov. Pritzker:

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.

7 comments… add one
  • Greyshambler Link

    Sad for the people of Chicago, especially those too young or too old to have agency, that the offer is rejected and the cooperation between politicians and gangs will continue as before.

  • Guarneri Link

    Such measured and thoughtful responses from the elected IL and Chicago officials presiding over such profound dysfunction. I pity IL and Chicago.

    Our stay in Asheville was short lived. But we started to build a house. When we knew we were going to leave we worked out a deal with the builder: we will honor the draw schedule as an interest bearing loan and we will participate in a small portion of the profits.

    The house was listed a mere 3 weeks ago. Sold. Its a three million dollar home. The buyer? A fleeing Chicagoan.

    Think those are significant tax dollars lost? These “progressive” mayors and governors would be sued out of existence for breach of fiduciary duty in my profession.

  • Greyshambler Link

    Well, it’s clear now what a community organizer is and how B. H. Obama rose. Stained.

  • TarsTarkas Link

    ‘The house was listed a mere 3 weeks ago. Sold. Its a three million dollar home. The buyer? A fleeing Chicagoan.’

    The important thing for Asheville is will he continue to vote Democratic?

  • Guarneri Link


    I told everyone who would listen (which was no one) that Obama was a bad guy way back during his first campaign. Look up Emil Jones, Obama’s self claimed political godfather. With recently emerged documents does anyone not believe Obama was behind the Flynn frame up, or Russiagate?


    Yes, that’s right. He may, or may not, have been a Dem voter. In any event, Asheville is a bit more innocuous Bohemian than anarchist. But the guys tax dollars aren’t going to be in IL.

  • bob sykes Link

    People get the government they deserve.

  • steve Link

    “These “progressive” mayors and governors would be sued out of existence for breach of fiduciary duty in my profession.”

    LOL. How many in the finance sector got sued out of existence after lost trillions due to their performance? Almost none. They were back to mega bonuses in no time. Ooops, I forgot. Poor people caused our banks to crash.


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