Illinois Republican Chairman Tim Schneider used the first day of the GOP’s national convention to declare Republicans as a party of law and order and Democrats one of promoting lawlessness in citing incidents of violent protests and looting in Chicago.
Speaking from Charlotte, North Carolina, where a pandemic-limited number of delegates renominated President Donald Trump on Monday, Schneider and the state’s Republican national committeeman, Richard Porter, also sided with Trump that the mass mailing of unrequested ballots in some states in response to coronavirus concerns was fraudulent. Porter called it “an abusive manipulation of the system.”
Schneider, appointed during former one-term GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s term to chair the state’s Republicans, blasted Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for receiving police protection at her home in the enforcement of a residential ban on protesting while downtown businesses have suffered from looting.
“The lawlessness in Chicago, with the rioting and the protesters — peaceful protest is one thing — (but) rioting and looting and then allowing the mayor of Chicago to barricade her four blocks around her and protect her with 150 police and then not protect our downtown and our Loop and our Magnificent Mile,” Schneider said in touting his belief Trump could win Illinois, a state he lost by 17 percentage points to Hillary Clinton in 2016.