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Chicago’s mayor trashes Trump’s “ignorant, insulting buffonery” after he attacks Black police chief

Chicago’s mayor trashes Trump’s “ignorant, insulting buffonery” after he attacks Black police chief

President Trump is weathering a wave of criticisms over his disgraceful comments today about the city of Chicago. While speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference during a trip to the Windy City, Trump referred to Chicago’s crime rate as “embarrassing to us a nation” and slammed the city’s police superintendent Eddie Johnson for refusing to attend the event.

Johnson defended his decision ahead of the convention.

“I have to take into account, not just my personal feelings about it, but our core values as a city. We are nothing without trust and with some of our communities under siege, it just doesn’t line up with our city’s core values along with my personal values,” Johnson said about his decision to skip the president’s speech.

“The values of the people of Chicago are more important to him than anything that could be discussed at that speech,” the chief’s spokesman Anthony Guglielmi further explained.

Clearly, angered by the snub, Trump smeared Johnson by claiming that he cares more about undocumented immigrants living in the United States than the legal citizens of Chicago, a simultaneously ridiculous and xenophobic statement.

“Those are his values and frankly those values to me are a disgrace. I want Eddie Johnson to change his values and to change them fast,” said Trump.

Johnson responded to the president’s attacks by offering an admirable defense of his reputation and his city. Now, Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot has joined the discourse, striking back at the president for disrespecting and shaming her city.

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Lightfoot took to Twitter and dismissed Trump’s behavior as “insulting, ignorant buffoonery.” She said that she and her city will not allow anyone, not even the president, to denigrate who they are as a people or their “status as a welcoming city.”

She said Trump should abandon his “hateful and dishonest” rhetoric and go back to Washington to “face his face,” which is presumably a reference to the escalating impeachment inquiry. Lightfoot added that Trump “knows about as much about policing as he does running a fair and transparent government” and affirmed her support for Johnson.

It was a succinct and powerful response that demonstrated her love for her city, appreciation for her police chief, while also peppering in a healthy dose of brutal jabs at Trump.

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