Chicago Democrats ought to put aside their partisan agenda and seek President Donald Trump’s help to decrease shootings, urges a state lawmaker who represents the city’s West Side, the Daily Signal reported.
“Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is showing the wrong kind of leadership by continuing to declare the city a ‘Trump-Free Zone,’ state Rep. La Shawn Ford said in media interviews over the past few days.
“‘The mayor, he must take away the thought that Chicago is a Trump-Free Zone, because taxpayers deserve to have the president come in and bring resources to the community,’ Ford said Monday morning on ‘Fox & Friends.’
“The city is now ‘worse than the days of Al Capone’ and ‘the bloodiest city in America,’ he told Laura Ingraham on the Monday night edition of her Fox News show, ‘The Ingraham Angle.’
Ford’s call to action came after 66 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, including 30 over three hours early Sunday, leaving 12 dead. Police reported no arrests.
“‘If [Trump] is serious about helping the people of Chicago, especially on the West Side of Chicago, then I accept his help,’ Ford already had told Fox News Thursday at a protest before the weekend bloodbath.
Illinois State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford: We need President Trump’s help in Chicago https://t.co/UfP0CuFX8F
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) August 6, 2018
The mayor officially designated Chicago as a “Trump-Free Zone” last September, after the president moved to end Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which shields certain illegal immigrants from deportation.
Instead, Emanuel welcomed so-called “Dreamers” to the city—those who were brought illegally to America as children—and promised them protection from deportation regardless of legal status.