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CHICAGO — City officials have responded after Ivanka Trump weighed in on last weekend’s violence in Chicago with two tweets that included some factual mistakes. In one of two Tuesday tweets, President Donald Trump’s daughter writes that as the country grieves about the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, “let us not overlook that Chicago experienced its deadliest weekend of the year.”
Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the last weekend was the deadliest of 2019. But he said Ivanka Trump’s assertion that there were seven killed and 52 wounded overstates the number of total shooting victims by four. Further, while Trump writes that the victims were shot “near a playground,” there was one shooting near a playground in which seven people were injured. “She got the numbers wrong. She got the location wrong. That’s the danger of trying to govern via tweet. If they want to help they should actually call us and ask for specifics,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. On Tuesday evening, a White House spokesperson issued the following statement regarding Trump’s tweets:
With 7 dead and 52 wounded near a playground in the Windy City- and little national outrage or media coverage- we mustn’t become numb to the violence faced by inner city communities every day.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 6, 2019
“Ivanka has appreciated getting to know Mayor Lightfoot, respects her commitment to addressing this issue and looks forward to continuing the conversation around this issue, workforce development and economic opportunity for all. To the extent that her quote was misleading in implying that all of the shooting incidents occurred in one location, it remains important to note that there were 7 deaths and 52 wounded across the city, resulting in one of the deadliest weekends in the city this year. Her point remains the same, we cannot ignore the gun violence that happens in cities across this country on a daily basis.”The tweets weren’t the only thing frustrating the mayor and police superintendent who continued to ask why bonds were being set so low for people they believe are violent criminals. “If we continue to not send that mental message of accountability to these individuals, why would the stop doing what they do?” CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson said. The president has singled out Chicago’s gun violence in the past.