President-elect Donald Trump chided Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the city’s 2016 homicide rate, saying he should request assistance from the federal government if he can’t reduce the crime.
“Chicago murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help!,” Trump said in a tweet on Monday.
Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, saw the most murders in two decades last year, more than New York and Los Angeles combined, according to The Associated Press, which cited police statistics. Trump didn’t give any details about how the federal government could help the city reduce the number of homicides.
Adam Collins, a spokesman for Emanuel, was quoted by other media as saying that the federal government has a strong role to play in public safety by funding summer jobs and prevention programs for at-risk youth, by holding criminals who break gun laws accountable and by passing meaningful gun laws.
Trump also took aim on Twitter at the media. “Various media outlets and pundits say that I thought I was going to lose the election. Wrong, it all came together in the last week and…,” he wrote, adding in a separate tweet “I thought and felt I would win big, easily over the fabled 270 (306). When they cancelled fireworks, they knew, and so did I,” he said, in reference to his electoral college tally.
At a rally in West Allis, Wisconsin, last month, Trump explained to the audience that he had told his wife on election night that he thought he was going to lose the race because most polls had him trailing.
“I went to see my wife. I say, ‘Baby, I tell you what. We’re not going to win tonight,” Trump said at the Wisconsin event. “The polls are coming out — I always used to believe in those things. I don’t believe them anymore.”