Chicago Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot is seeking help from President Biden over the rampant violence in the Windy City but refused help from former President Trump last year.
Biden traveled to Illinois this week for a speaking engagement but avoided commenting on Chicago’s rampant gun violence during his remarks.
The president spoke at an event in the suburbs of McHenry County focusing on his Build Back Better plan with no mention of the deadly violence roiling the Windy City.
Chicago Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot briefly met with Biden on the tarmac.
Yahoo News reports:
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has requested President Joe Biden send federal troops to her city amid a rising crime wave, an offer she previously rejected under former President Donald Trump.
Just prior to Biden landing in Chicago, three undercover officers were shot on the South Side while on assignment.
Critics of Biden and Lightfoot commented on social media.
This is the Chicago that .@joebiden Didn’t visit today. Instead he went to suburban Crystal Lake to talk about education, NOT stopping Crime/Murder and saving lives in the city. .@chicagosmayor met him miles away at the airport. Why didn’t she call him a racist for ignoring this https://t.co/LQYufi3h7A
— Chicago guy (@GuyChicago5151) July 7, 2021
Almost a year ago President Trump offered help to .@LoriLightfoot. She refused. She let many more shooting and deaths occur because of her politics. Now she's begging for help… A. Whole. Year. Unforgivable. pic.twitter.com/gArm6DDLPq
— Redrivergrl 🇺🇸 (@redrivergrl) July 8, 2021
I'm old enough to remember when Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot turned down Trump's offer for federal troops to help control violence in her city, yet she just asked By-den for federal troops.
— 🇺🇸 Lowkey Rey 2.0 🇺🇸 (@AtlRey) July 9, 2021
— Vince (@Vince74512212) July 9, 2021
People died in Chicago because the mayor @chicagosmayor hated Trump.
— Kerry 🇺🇸 (@K1erry) July 8, 2021
True! National Guard help from Biden means more to Lori Lightfoot than National Guard help from Trump. https://t.co/RP6rKvC2pP
— Betsy Madden (@HoosierMom92) July 7, 2021
I'd be curious to know how many people in Chicago have been shot and how many people have died, since Trump's offer of help was rejected and Biden's help requested, in order to maintain Lightfoot's political theater and posturing? #Chicago #lorilightfoot https://t.co/jzQvkRrrJ7
— Will (@NHBullmoose) July 9, 2021
Chicago citizens voiced their concerns on social media.
I never felt so unsafe in my life, and I grew up in Chicago. I refuse to let my teenaged daughter experience downtown and the city as I did at her age. The gangs and uncivilized people have total control. Please bring in the national guard or whatever it takes.
— Angie Gathings (@angie_gathings) July 8, 2021
And as far as our safety is concerned it's always been very violent here in chicago since mayor daily it will never change.
— Clayton Lee. (@leeclay48) July 8, 2021
Former President Trump was looking out for the safety and security of Chicagoans by offering to deploy federal troops last year to address the rampant violence.
Countless deaths and injuries in Chicago could have been avoided had Lightfoot put her constituents first instead of politics.
Clearly, Lightfoot put politics before the safety of the people of Chicago.