White House counsel Kellyanne Conway said Democratic Party mayors are “worried” about the possibility of “losing” control of President Donald Trump’s re-election. Conway’s statements follow the refusal of these mayors to receive help from federal forces in the face of the wave of violence that is unfolding in their cities.
In a dialogue with “Fox & Friends,” Conway said Tuesday, Aug. 11, that Democratic mayors are wrongly focusing on attacking President Trump rather than addressing the problems in their cities, such as the sharp increase in insecurity.
“I think that people are also worried that Donald Trump is going to get four more years and they’re starting to lose it,” he said.
She said these leaders are “shoveling hate at police officers, shoveling hate at people who work” in the White House, while in cities like Chicago and Seattle, violence is on the rise.
Chicago doesn’t want support to fight violence
In the case of Chicago, Conway noted that 414 people have been killed so far in 2020, an increase of more than 50% from last year.
It should be noted that, despite the notable increase in violence on the streets, Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot rejected the dispatch of federal forces offered by President Trump, who is running as the “law and order” candidate for the November general election.
The departure of the Seattle police chief
In Seattle’s case, Chief of Police Carmen Best resigned from her post Monday after the City Council approved her controversial proposal to cut the department’s budget and cut the service of some 100 officers.
The justification for the cut was to redirect those resources to community programs in the wake of the protests that followed George Floyd’s death.
“I think Seattle has made a tragic mistake,” President Trump lamented about Best’s departure.
During a press conference from the White House on Tuesday, the president called Best’s resignation an embarrassment. “I hate to see her go, because she did, in her own way, a very good job, but she wasn’t effective in convincing the mayor and the City Council to give the funds that were needed or just leave the funds the way they are,” he said.
He made it clear that the federal government will offer all available support to quell the violence in the cities that have voted to cut police budgets.
Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan noted that the council “pushed out” an African American police chief for the first time in the history of the Seattle Police Department.
He added that the loss of funds will eventually affect the people of Seattle.
“Everybody in our city needs to be concerned about how this public safety nightmare is going to visit them wherever they are. This is a serious issue and it’s going to take us years to get out of this hole,” he warned according to local media KING-TV.
A recent Gallup poll showed that more than 80 percent of black Americans favor a police presence in their area equal to or greater than current levels.
In fact, members of the African American community cited by KING-TV expressed concern about Best’s abrupt departure.
“It is a huge loss,” said Victoria Beach, president of the African American Community Advisory Council, which works with Seattle police to address problems in her community.
“I mean, I think our community is in trouble. We are in big trouble without her,” she said, asserting that the police department’s budget cuts and Best’s departure are already having a “ripple effect.
Jon Scholes, president and CEO of the Seattle Downtown Association, said, “I think it’s a shame that she’s leaving her post, although I understand her frustration with the disrespect that she’s been shown over the last several days.”