Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday protected a series of insulting text messages sent out to the city’s cops union president after he asked President Trump for aid in addressing the city’s violent crime wave.
In the messages to Fraternal Order of Cops President John Catanzara, Lightfoot called him a “cartoon character” and ” clown” who is “desperate for importance.” The exchange was gotten by WGN-TV.
The remarks came after Catanzara asked Trump in a July 18 letter for aid in combating Chicago’s violent criminal offense epidemic, while calling Lightfoot a “complete failure.”
In a news rundown, the mayor refused to stroll back her remarks.
” In the middle of everything that’s going on, in a craven political move, this male waved his hand to President Trump and welcomed him to bring federal soldiers into our city, a la Portland,” Lightfoot informed reporters throughout a news instruction. “We have actually attempted to engage him in a constructive method. He declines to do so since he’s more interested in trying to make himself a political figure instead of to be a leader.
” I do not reclaim one word that I said,” she added.
In his letter, Catanzara didn’t particularly ask that federal forces be released to the city however stated he wanted to meet Trump to go over how to “restore civility to the streets of Chicago.”
Calls to Catanzara’s office from Fox News were not immediately returned.
On Wednesday Trump revealed he was sending out federal representatives to Chicago to help combat the spike in violent criminal activity. The relocation came a day after 15 people were shot outside a funeral service home and a 3-year-old was shot in the head.
Lightfoot stated she talked with Trump over the phone after the announcement.
” The discussion was short and uncomplicated,” her office said in a statement. “Mayor Lightfoot keeps that all resources will be investigatory in nature and be coordinated through the U.S. Lawyer’s Office. The mayor has actually explained that if there is any deviation from what has been revealed, we will pursue all offered legal options to secure Chicagoans.”
Several progressive mayors have pressed back on the presence of federal forces in their cities. In Portland, Ore., militarized-looking representatives have actually been accused of hiding their name tags and markings representing which agency they’re with and detaining protesters and whisking them away in unmarked automobiles.