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.