Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) on Tuesday, July 21, drew sharp criticism after publicly rejecting President Donald Trump’s assistance to stop the city’s violence as at least 14 people were injured following a mass shooting outside a funeral home in Chicago.
According to CBS Chicago, a solemn ceremony for a victim of gun violence ended up becoming a gruesome scene of gun violence itself, with at least 14 people wounded. All the victims are in various hospitals; their conditions are unknown.
Chicago has struggled with violence in recent years. The latest shooting came a day after 25 people were shot on Monday, three of them fatally, and after a deadly weekend in which 63 people were shot and 12 were killed.
On Monday, President Trump said his administration would deploy 150 federal law enforcement agents to Chicago as part of a greater effort to curb the violence.
“How about Chicago? I read the numbers where many people were killed over the weekend. We’re looking at Chicago too. We’re looking at New York. Look at what’s going on. All run by Democrats, all run by very liberal Democrats. All run, really, by radical left,” the president told reporters. “I’m going to do something.”
Lightfoot responded, “Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents.” Her comments were immediately met with criticism on social media following the mass shooting.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 22, 2020
17 Chicagoans were shot at a funeral.
9 murders, 58 shot over the weekend.
Sit this one out. https://t.co/BMY4owp0HN
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 22, 2020
14 people were just shot at a funeral home in your city today, Mrs Mayor. But you’re online attacking the President for wanting to stop the mass murders in your backyard. #Resign https://t.co/nnzyHT3Qzf
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) July 22, 2020
Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara also hammered Lightfoot in response to the news, stating that she has “literally run the Titanic into an iceberg, intentionally.”
On Tuesday evening, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) reacted to the Chicago shooting, saying that he will introduce legislation that would hold government officials responsible for failing to protect their citizens.
“The violence and destruction we’ve seen is a consequence of the radical left. Enough is enough,” Cruz said. “That’s why tomorrow I’m introducing my RECLAIM Act, legislation that would hold government officials liable when they abdicate their duty to protect their citizens.”