There has been apprehension about what President Donald Trump meant when he tweeted about Chicago violence.
FirstRead, nbcnews.com, posits:
“If you take Trump both literally and seriously, then his tweet about Chicago last night matters:
“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!” (Remember when the GOP was the party against federal overreach?)
Chicago leaders have responded cautiously to the President’s tweet:
“What exactly he means by “send in the feds,” is unclear.”
“The president did not define whether he meant sending more agents from the FBI, the ATF, the DEA or the National Guard.”
“Many aldermen didn’t know what to make of the tweet without more specifics from the president.”
Some local leaders have commented:
“You have a responsibility to measure your words because they carry meaning. The inability for him to understand that issuing threats via tweet is juvenile,” said Alderman Ameya Pawar (47th Ward).
“I don’t know if he knows what the right approach is and what we really need, so there’s concern about that,” said Alderman Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward).
Chicago Deputy Mayor and Chief Neighborhood Development Officer Andrea Zopp joined ABC7 News This Morning to talk about President Trump’s tweet about city violence:
“We’ve talked long and hard that policing is not the sole answer here. If they are going to have help, certainly federal support and prosecution. But also making sure that we have jobs programs, that we have infrastructure investment to create jobs. Those are the kinds of things that are really going to help on this issue,” Zopp said Wednesday.
“I hope that the federal resources is money, not for a federal agents to go after people, but money to help to employ people,” said Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. (27th Ward).
While those views are rational and reasonable, President Trump also could be suggesting that he may carry out martial law in Chicago, and to suppress street crime and violence with military force.
Chicago crime and violence not only are matters of domestic concern and American politics; but also, they are probably matters of international concern because Chicago is the seat of the world’s largest and most profitable multi-trillion dollar commodities markets.
With one of the goals of Trump and his Administration being the world’s leading global economy, and considering the financial importance of the commodities markets to foreign economies, Trump can least afford to have Chicago perceived by world leaders as an unstable seat of violence, spiraling crime, terrorism and murder.
But that perception, real or imagined or both, certainly could be discerned from the crime blotter headlines coming out of Chicago daily.
If there is any President concerned about imaging and branding, and his standing as the leader of global economic markets, it is President Trump.
We cannot say for certain that President Trump would displace local authority, declare martial law and effectively seize control of Chicago’s law enforcement to suppress crime and violence.
We are only suggesting it’s possible.