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President Donald J. Trumpís Letter to the Governor of Illinois and Mayor of Chicago
The White House ^ | June 26, 2020 | Donald J. Trump

Posted on 06/27/2020 5:47:25 AM PDT by PBRCat

Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot:

I write to you today to call your attention to and urge action on the devastating violence in Chicago. I have been horrified by the continued violence in this great American city.

The American people (hardworking taxpayers) send you millions of dollars in Federal funding each year to support public safety in Chicago. In 2018 and 2019, Chicago benefited from $136 million in funding from the Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program, and another $68 million was recently announced for Chicago from this important program. The Department of Justice awarded and is in the process of awarding nearly $20 million to support law enforcement and law-enforcement related entities in the City of Chicago and Cook County across 2019 and 2020, including resources for combating opioid abuse and recidivism reduction. The Department of Labor awarded funding to programs targeting prisoner re-entry and recidivism reduction in the Chicago area. My Administration allocated $898.6 million to the City of Chicago and Cook County from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. In the absence of any modicum of leadership, however, these substantial sums of taxpayer money are not being turned into results, and the safety of your most vulnerable communities continues to deteriorate. These funds are in addition to those collected through your combined insatiable appetite to tax the people of Illinois and Chicago.

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.

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at whitehouse.gov ...


TOPICS: Illinois; Issues; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; banglist; chicago; crime; genderdysphoria; homosexualagenda; illinois; jbpritzker; jdpritker; jlorilightfoot; lightfoot; lorilightfoot; nra; pritzker; secondamendment
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1 posted on 06/27/2020 5:47:25 AM PDT by PBRCat
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Great letter


2 posted on 06/27/2020 5:50:42 AM PDT by 2banana (Common ground with islamic terrorists-they want to die for allah and we want to arrange the meeting)
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To: PBRCat

Nice sentiment but Trump is wasting his time dealing with Democrats. There will be a collapse in Illinois and Chicago before there is any improvement.


3 posted on 06/27/2020 5:52:37 AM PDT by allendale
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To: allendale

Good paper trail


4 posted on 06/27/2020 5:55:37 AM PDT by albie
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To: PBRCat
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.

Love this closing line!

5 posted on 06/27/2020 6:02:12 AM PDT by thirst4truth (America, What difference does it make?)
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To: PBRCat

“we can revitalize distressed neighborhoods in Chicago”

Not with the current inhabitants.


6 posted on 06/27/2020 6:03:13 AM PDT by dljordan
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To: allendale
How about a mention of the destruction of minority owned businesses and the unemployment of minorities that will result from the destruction of white privilege businesses or publicly traded businesses.

More importantly, the time for futile gestures from the right has now passed.

Trump needs to break out the war paint.

7 posted on 06/27/2020 6:04:29 AM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: PBRCat
I live in Hellinois (that's what we here call it ...) and about 30 miles southwest of Shitcago (that's what we out here call it ...)

Thank you President Trump for calling out the Worst Governor Ever, JB Prickster and Mayor Groot. (That's what we out here call them both.)

To Mayor Groot: F**K YOU!! (Her words to President Trump just a few weeks ago.)

8 posted on 06/27/2020 6:08:15 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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If this is the prelude to an audit, that could expose Chicago’s legendary corruption, which is holding down the prospects of the city’s residents for the sake of enriching a very few.


9 posted on 06/27/2020 6:11:01 AM PDT by BlackAdderess (Pray for revival. We need the will of God instead of a road to hell paved with good intentions.)
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To: allendale
Nice sentiment but Trump is wasting his time dealing with Democrats.

I don't think that's his goal here.

His target market for this letter is independent or wobbly voters.

The Left hoped that Trump would be drawn in by the riots and looting, thinking that he would rush in to override the Governor of Illinois and Mayor of Chicago in an effort to fix the problem.

But instead, Trump brilliant is using the trouble nationwide and Leftist governors and mayors as foils against which to paint himself as a solution only offered.

In other words, Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot must choose. More devastation...or Trump.

Leftists thought the rioting and looting would be an election issue for themselves (and it would have it Trump had waded into the fray). But now Trump is turning it into an issue for him by telling the voters to choose the conservative way--his way--by comparing it to the problem caused by Leftists locally, at the state level, and nationally.

10 posted on 06/27/2020 6:13:03 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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Neither Pritzker nor Lightfoot are ever going to call the President to seek help. They are part of the strategy to burn everything to the ground in the hope of defeating Trump and having the Feds issue a Federal bailout of the state and city afterwards.


11 posted on 06/27/2020 6:13:53 AM PDT by PBRCat
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Chicago- Nobody’s kind of town.


12 posted on 06/27/2020 6:15:11 AM PDT by equaviator (If it seems like it's too bad to be true, then it probably isn't.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Good post. The target audience for that letter is every American who thinks Chicago is an irredeemable sh!t-hole ... which is at least 95% of the people in this country.


13 posted on 06/27/2020 6:19:33 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("We're human beings ... we're not f#%&ing animals." -- Dennis Rodman, 6/1/2020)
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If you are willing to put partisanship aside, we can revitalize distressed neighborhoods in Chicago, together.

Trump is saying to the Mayor, Governor and, most importantly, the voters nationwide, if you reject Leftism (which has caused his devastation), we can fix this problem.

It's your choice...but YOU MUST CHOOSE (now and in November).

Brilliant!

14 posted on 06/27/2020 6:20:54 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: PBRCat

The real question is where did the money go?


15 posted on 06/27/2020 6:21:16 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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The real question is where did the money go?

It went exactly where you think it went.

16 posted on 06/27/2020 6:23:58 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

Good thing I scrolled down to your post, cuz that’s exactly what I was going to say...


17 posted on 06/27/2020 6:29:56 AM PDT by jeffc (I'm a Patriot, and the media are our enemy)
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To: jeffc

I think I said it better in post #14 above. Can’t seem to get enough coffee in my system today.:-)


18 posted on 06/27/2020 6:33:08 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: PBRCat
Here's the full letter in case anyone wants to read it all.

Governor J.B. Pritzker
Governor of Illinois
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
Mayor of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Dear Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot:

I write to you today to call your attention to and urge action on the devastating violence in Chicago.  While I have been heartened to see crime reductions nationally the last few years, I have been horrified by the continued violence in this great American city.

I recently read an article from the Chicago Sun-Times on June 8, 2020, “18 murders in 24 hours: Inside the most violent day in 60 years in Chicago,” which discussed the severe crime and lack of law and order in our Nation’s third largest city.  The article details how “85 people were shot and 24 killed the previous weekend, the most in modern history in Chicago.”  Your lack of leadership on this important issue continues to fail the people you have sworn to protect.  I am concerned it is another example of your lack of commitment to the vulnerable citizens who are victims of this violence and a lack of respect for the men and women in law enforcement.  The article recounts the following horrors:

A hardworking father killed.

A West Side high school student murdered.

A college freshman who hoped to become a correctional officer, gunned down.

18 people killed Sunday, May 31, the single most violent day in Chicago in six decades.

The weekend of May 29, 25 people were killed and another 85 wounded by gunfire.

The most violent weekend in Chicago’s modern history, stretching police resources that were already thin because of protests and looting. 

Violence and death, which are disproportionately harming young African Americans, are tragic and unacceptable, particularly on such a shocking scale. According to the Chicago Sun Times, “shootings across the City increased by 71 percent last month,” and just this past weekend 102 people were shot in the city’s most violent weekend of the year.  A 3-year old toddler was killed.  More Americans have been killed in Chicago than in combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq combined since September 11, 2001, a deadly trend that has continued under your tenure.

The American people (hardworking taxpayers) send you millions of dollars in Federal funding each year to support public safety in Chicago.  In 2018 and 2019, the City of Chicago benefited from $136 million in funding from the Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program, and another $68 million was recently announced for Chicago from this important program.  The Department of Justice awarded and is in the process of awarding nearly $20 million to support law enforcement and law-enforcement related entities in the City of Chicago and Cook County across 2019 and 2020, including resources for combating opioid abuse and recidivism reduction.  The Department of Labor has also awarded funding to programs targeting prisoner re-entry and recidivism reduction in the Chicago area.  My Administration allocated $898.6 million to the City of Chicago and Cook County from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which helps support your first responders on the front lines.  In the absence of any modicum of leadership, however, these substantial sums of taxpayer money are not being turned into results, and the safety of your most vulnerable communities continues to deteriorate.  These funds are in addition to those collected through your combined insatiable appetite to tax the people of Illinois and Chicago.

I will continue to lead the way to support historically disadvantaged communities and would welcome your help in these endeavors.  In December 2018, I signed into law the First Step Act, marking the first major reforms to our criminal justice system in over a decade.  This brings historic reforms to make our justice system fairer and to help inmates successfully transition back into society by providing prisoners with a second chance through rehabilitative programs and fair sentencing.  Additionally, when I signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, we created Opportunity Zones.  Nationwide, nearly 9,000 communities have designated Opportunity Zones, including over 130 in Chicago, which are incentivizing investments in areas that have been forgotten for far too long.  My Administration has also provided robust, unprecedented support to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Recently, on June 16, I signed an Executive Order advancing important reforms to elevate a noble profession and strengthen the essential bond of trust between police officers and the communities in which they serve.  My Administration continues to work closely with Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina and others across the political spectrum to advance further policy improvements and meaningful reforms.

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.

Sincerely,

Donald J. Trump

19 posted on 06/27/2020 6:35:28 AM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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President Trump will, of course, be villified for describing the horror in Chicago and offering even more federal help.


20 posted on 06/27/2020 6:39:01 AM PDT by glennaro (Carlin: ¬ďThink of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that)
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