Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) says President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE is all talk and no action on Chicago’s violent crime epidemic.
Trump vowed earlier this week that he will “send in the feds” if Chicago does not improve the city’s ongoing “carnage."
“I think what President Trump has done is simply say, ‘Look at the carnage’ without offering a solution,’” Gutiérrez said Thursday on CNN’s “New Day." "What we need is a president that doesn’t tweet but offers real solutions."
“[Otherwise] what you’re doing is you’re simply using the death and the murders of children and young people and Chicagoans for your own political gain.”
Gutiérrez added that Trump’s criticism of Chicago’s violent crime seems insincere due to his support for the National Rifle Association (NRA).
“Here’s the hypocrisy of it all,” he said. "The fact is, Donald Trump loves the NRA. During his campaign, he embraced them and they embraced him.”
“The city of Chicago had some of the most stringent gun control laws,” Gutiérrez added. "How [were] they eviscerated? [It is] because the NRA funded lawsuits against our gun control measures.
“And then they say there’s carnage in in the city of Chicago. We need to control the gun violence on our street. It’s a real epidemic.”
Trump threatened unspecified federal involvement in Chicago’s crime woes Tuesday while tweeting statistics about the city’s continuing violence.
“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!” he wrote, referencing numbers from a Monday Chicago Tribune story.