Trump tweets about Chicago 'carnage,' threatens to 'send in the feds'


Donald Trump is once again speaking out about the high crime rate in Chicago.

He tweeted Tuesday evening, "If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible 'carnage' going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!"

Trump's latest post is not his first reference to Chicago's rise in violence.

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According to the Chicago Tribune, during a July rally, the then-candidate is quoted as saying, "Since President Obama became president, almost 5,000 killings in Chicago and nobody talks about it. Well, we're going to start talking about it."

In another Tweet early January, he wrote, "Chicago murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!"

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Commenting on that tweet, Adam Collins, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's spokesman, had issued a statement, saying, in part, "...we agree the federal government has a strong role to play in public safety by funding summer jobs and prevention programming for at-risk youth, by holding the criminals who break our gun laws accountable for their crimes, by passing meaningful gun laws, and by building on the partnerships our police have with federal law enforcement."

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