Hours after Lightfoot pleaded for an end to Chicago's "carnage" of gang violence, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that officers from the FBI and other federal agencies would reinforce the prosecution of criminals in the city.
Trump's announcement followed an alarming night of violence in Chicago which included a gun battle between gang members at a funeral that wounded 15 people including a 3-year-old girl, who was shot in the head but is expected to survive.
Trump has sought to promote a law-and-order message ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election, targeting cities controlled by Democrats.
LORI LIGHTFOOT: Since we, the President, and his team started to rattle the saber, that they were going to do exactly the same thing in Chicago that they'd done in Portland, I've been very clear. Not happening in Chicago. We don't need federal troops. We don't need unnamed, secret, federal agents roaming around the streets of Chicago, taking off our residents without cause, and violating their basic constitutional rights.
I'm glad to see that the President got the message. I'm glad to see that he realize what he did in Portland was a grave abuse of his presidential power. Now, that doesn't mean he's not going to try it here in Chicago, and we have to remain diligent. And I am calling on all Chicagoans that if you see something that doesn't look right, please, don't hesitate to report it. Call 911. Call 311. We are going to remain diligent, and if we see any steps out of line, particularly with DHS, or border patrol, we are not going to hesitate to take the President to court and stop any unconstitutional actions.
The President has been on a campaign now for some time against Democratic mayors across the country, whether it's me, whether it's Keisha Lance Bottoms in Atlanta, whether it's Muriel Bowser in Washington DC, whether it's Jenny Durkan in Seattle. Do you see a common theme here? The President is trying to divert attention from his failed leadership on COVID-19. He has failed. He has failed. He has failed.