Trump’s focus on Chicago violence a good thing

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Trump's focus on Chicago violence a good thing

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By John Ruberry

This morn­ing on Fox News Don­ald Trump spokesman Ben Car­son said, “If we are going to make Amer­ica great we can­not have large pock­ets of dysfunction.”

Car­son was respond­ing to ques­tions about the lat­est main­stream media tantrum about the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Tweet­ing about Fri­day the mur­der of Nykea Aldridge in a vio­lent Chicago neigh­bor­hood, the cousin of Chicago Bulls player and long­time all-​star Dwayne Wade, where he indel­i­cately pre­dicted a groundswell of sup­port for his campaign.

But as I remarked in this space a month ago, Trump is the first Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee in mem­ory to make a con­certed effort to appeal to black vot­ers and he cor­rectly points out that the Demo­c­ra­tic Party, whom African Amer­i­cans have reflex­ively voted for en masse since the 1930s, is fail­ing inner city blacks. A few days before Aldridge mur­der Trump was offered this state­ment by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, “Did you know that mur­ders in Chicago are up 50 per­cent this year from last year? And they can’t solve it.”CoJCZVfUMAAMJlm

The polit­i­cal new­comer replied, likely cor­rectly, that the wrong peo­ple are in charge in Chicago and based on a con­ser­va­tion that the polit­i­cal new­comer had with an unnamed senior Chicago police offi­cer, that vio­lence in America’s third largest city could end in a week. Okay, that’s a major piece of hyper­bole, there will always be some vio­lence every­where. What police depart­ment is able to pre­vent an angry per­son who hits a spouse over the head with a fry­ing pan dur­ing an argu­ment in their kitchen? On the other hand, a notice­able drop in Chicago vio­lence of course is a pos­si­ble, and of course, a desir­able goal.

Detroit hasn’t had a Repub­li­can mayor since 1963. Chicago hasn’t had a Repub­li­can mayor since 1933. Both are dom­i­nated by “large pock­ets of dys­func­tion.” Some Chicago politi­cians have a cozy rela­tion­ship with street gang lead­ers.

It took a Repub­li­can, Rudy Giu­liani, to turn around New York City, which was believed to be ungovern­able prior to his two terms as mayor.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

Street gang temple, Chicago's South Side
Street gang temple,
Chicago’s South Side

By John Ruberry

This morning on Fox News Donald Trump spokesman Ben Carson said, “If we are going to make America great we cannot have large pockets of dysfunction.”

Carson was responding to questions about the latest mainstream media tantrum about the Republican nominee Tweeting about Friday the murder of Nykea Aldridge in a violent Chicago neighborhood, the cousin of Chicago Bulls player and longtime all-star Dwayne Wade, where he indelicately predicted a groundswell of support for his campaign.

But as I remarked in this space a month ago, Trump is the first Republican presidential nominee in memory to make a concerted effort to appeal to black voters and he correctly points out that the Democratic Party, whom African Americans have reflexively voted for en masse since the 1930s, is failing inner city blacks. A few days before Aldridge murder Trump was offered this statement by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, “Did you know that murders in Chicago are up 50 percent this year from last year? And they can’t solve it.”CoJCZVfUMAAMJlm

The political newcomer replied, likely correctly, that the wrong people are in charge in Chicago and based on a conservation that the political newcomer had with an unnamed senior Chicago police officer, that violence in America’s third largest city could end in a week. Okay, that’s a major piece of hyperbole, there will always be some violence everywhere. What police department is able to prevent an angry person who hits a spouse over the head with a frying pan during an argument in their kitchen? On the other hand, a noticeable drop in Chicago violence of course is a possible, and of course, a desirable goal.

Detroit hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1963. Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1933. Both are dominated by “large pockets of dysfunction.” Some Chicago politicians have a cozy relationship with street gang leaders.

It took a Republican, Rudy Giuliani, to turn around New York City, which was believed to be ungovernable prior to his two terms as mayor.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.