ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaBefore a friendly audience of police chiefs in Chicago, President Donald Trump on Monday slammed the city’s police superintendent after he boycotted Trump’s speech, citing Chicago’s “core values” and his “personal values” — and Trump also took a shot at actor Jussie Smollett.
Over the weekend, Superintendent Eddie Johnson said he had decided not to attend the rally, declaring, “I have to take into account, not just my personal feelings about it, but our core values as a city,” according to Chicago ABC affiliate WLS. “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.”
Trump called Johnson’s comment “very insulting … after all I’ve done for the police.” Trump said Johnson “should be here, because maybe he should learn something.”
The president cited high crime rates in Chicago to argue that Johnson was “not doing his job.”
In 2017, Trump also threatened to “send in the Feds” to solve Chicago’s crime problem. “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on,” he tweeted then, “I will send in the Feds!”
In his speech on Monday, Trump also criticized Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who earlier this year said he was attacked by people who supported the president. Police later said it was a hoax.
“Then you have the case of this wise guy, Jessie Smollett, who beat up himself,” Trump said Monday. As he has said previously, Trump said Smollett had carried out a “hate crime.”
He called the Smollett case a “real big scam” — “just like the impeachment of your president is a scam.” The crowd applauded.
“Smollett is still trying to get away from it,” Trump said.
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