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Saturday, February 04, 2017

The media lied about a Trump military takeover of Chicago

For a few days in January, the media was atwitter about a tweet from President Trump about the bloodbath in Chicago. The number of murders there doubled in two years.

The Associated Press reported:
CHICAGO -- A day after President Donald Trump declared he was ready to "send in the Feds" if Chicago can't reduce its homicides, Mayor Rahm Emanuel warned against deploying the National Guard, saying it would hurt efforts to restore trust in the police.
Trump offered no details on what kind of federal intervention he was suggesting or if it could involve troops, but the mayor cautioned that using the military could make matters worse.
"We're going through a process of reinvigorating community policing, building trust between the community and law enforcement," the mayor told reporters Wednesday. Sending troops "is antithetical to the spirit of community policing."
He said he welcomed federal help battling "gangs, guns and drugs."
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Nobody knows what President Donald Trump meant when he threatened to “send in the Feds” if Mayor Rahm Emanuel can’t stop the “carnage” on Chicago streets, but if it means National Guard troops patrolling the streets of Chicago, everybody here seems dead-set against the idea.
Dumb.

Stunningly dumb.

"Nobody knows" but let's speculate that "it means National Guard troops patrolling the streets of Chicago."

On Friday, Trump delivered. He had talked to Mayor Emanuel both before the tweet and after. Years ago, the mayor had feuded Trump over the size of the sign on Trump Tower.

But apparently they put Chicago ahead of their personal feelings. Trump sent 20 extra feds -- ATF agents -- to Chicago.

From the Washington Times:
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is weighing plans to put additional agents to Chicago in an effort to curb the Windy City’s violent crime surge, a senior agent acknowledged Saturday.
“ATF is exploring various options as we are committed to furthering law enforcement efforts in Chicago,” David Coulson, a senior agent at the ATF’s Chicago field office, told USA Today.
“One of those options is to send additional agents to Chicago on permanent transfers,” he added, though no plans yet yet to be finalized, the newspaper reported.
The agent’s acknowledgment came on the heels of CNN reporting Friday that the ATF plans to deploy approximately 20 agents to Chicago in a bid to “beef up” the federal presence there, citing two federal law enforcement officials familiar with the plans.
“We have received no word from the federal government to confirm these reports, but it would be welcome news if the administration has indeed agreed to one of Mayor Emanuel’s requests for federal resources,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office told CNN on Friday.
I said nine days ago, this would be what happened. No military troops. Just law enforcement.

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10 comments:

  1. He trolls, they bite, then he sets the hook! Another bloater reeled in.

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  2. AP: "Mayor Rahm Emanuel warned against deploying the National Guard, saying it would hurt efforts to restore trust in the police."

    Did Trump ever mention troops in his conversation with Rahm? Or did the mayor sandbag Trump by making this comment up (perhaps in response to a leading question from the AP reporter) while not saying anything about Trump's offer to send Chicago additional ATF agents? Did the AP get both comments from Rahm and decide not to mention the offer of additional ATF resources but instead chose to repeat only the mayor's much more explosive remark about NG troops? Something smells mighty rotten in the city of Chicago.

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    1. Rotten in Chicago? Where you're charged 13 dollars for a domestic draft beer?! Get outta here. That city is pure as the driven snow. And, bears don't shit in the woods there either. Riiiight...

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    2. No, in Chicago, the Bears shit the bed in Soldier Field.

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  3. ATF is a waste, send them U.S. Marshalls and FBI. OTOH, twenty more ATF in Chiraq means twenty LESS ATF harassing Americans.

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  4. If the FBI is going to help with gang violence in Chicago they will have to investigate the city government. That is what Trump means and why Emanuel is resisting Trump's help.

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  5. How in the hell could "Feds" translate into state-run National Guard that cannot be federalized without an act of congress or cooperation of state governors?

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  6. As with Treasury sending in Ness to go after Capone, which Don may have mentioned, is sending in the Feds. If the President declares a national emergency, he could federalize the NG, but not likely to happen; this is a local problem. However in Wilmington, DE in 1968 the governor had the state NG there to back up the police. A Jeep with a 50 cal pointed at you and guys with M-1s or M-14s can change minds.

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  7. As with Treasury sending in Ness to go after Capone, which Don may have mentioned, is sending in the Feds. If the President declares a national emergency, he could federalize the NG, but not likely to happen; this is a local problem. However in Wilmington, DE in 1968 the governor had the state NG there to back up the police. A Jeep with a 50 cal pointed at you and guys with M-1s or M-14s can change minds.

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