Trump Tweets, quotes about Chicago

Chicago and its violence have been a frequent subject of President Donald Trump’s attention. It was a common campaign thread Trump used to hammer Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama and others. Since becoming president Trump has returned to the theme. Here are Trump’s mentions of Chicago, with annotations where appropriate.

Dec. 15, 2017

“When you look at what’s going on in Chicago. What the hell is going on in Chicago? What the hell is happening there? For the second year in a row, a person was shot in Chicago every three hours. You don’t think the people in this room can stop that? They’d stop it. They’d stop it.”

At FBI Academy graduation in Quantico, Va.

Dec. 8, 2017

“The city of Chicago. What the hell is going on in Chicago? There are those who say that Afghanistan is safer than Chicago, okay? What is going on? You know what’s wrong with Chicago? Weak, ineffective politicians. Democrats that don’t want to force restrictions and don’t, and by the way, Chicago, — for those of you that are gonna say, ‘Guns, guns’ — Chicago has the toughest gun laws in the United States, okay? Just in case you were thinking about it. You know they immediately say, ‘Oh, you’re gonna take away.’ Well, Chicago has the toughest gun laws in the United States. So we’re asking Democrats in Congress to cease their obstuction and do the right thing — end sanctuary cities.”

At a rally in Pensacola, Fla.

Nov. 7, 2017

“Look at the city with the strongest gun laws in our nation — Chicago. Chicago is a disaster, a total disaster. If this man did not have a gun or rifle it would have been a much worse situation in the great state of Texas.”

The President once again incorrectly asserted Chicago has the strongest gun laws in the country as he argued that tougher regulations would not have stopped the mass shooting in Sunderland Springs, Texas, Nov. 5. Trump was speaking to reporters in Seoul, South Korea, while on a tour of Asia countries. Trump made the comments when asked during a news conference whether he would entertain “extreme vetting” on guns in the wake of the shooting in which a gunman killed 26 people.

Oct. 11, 2017

“I’ll never forget. I was in Chicago and a police officer. There was a motorcycle deal to the plane and I was talking to the police, I was taking a picture. I said, ‘How do you stop this?”We could stop it immediately, sir.’I said ‘What do you mean you could stop it immediately?”If they let us do our job, we could stop it immediately.’Now at some point you’re gonna have to let them do their job. And they want to do their job. That’s the incredible thing.”

In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity in Middletown, Penn.

Sept. 30, 2017

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2017

July 28, 2017

“So, Chicago is having this unbelievable violence. People being killed — 4, 5, 6 in a weekend and I’m saying, ‘What is going on?'”

At Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, N.Y.

July 25, 2017

“What the hell is going on in Chicago? Better tell that mayor to get tough because it’s not working what they’re doing.”

At a rally in Youngstown, Ohio

June 30, 2017

Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2017

June 28, 2017

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2017

March 28, 2017

“I ask, ‘What’s going on in Chicago, right? What is going on?’ There’s no excuse for it. There’s no excuse for it. I’m sure you’re asking the same question, ‘What’s going on in Chicago?’ “

At a White House meeting with police union leaders from around the country.

Feb. 23, 2017

Seven people shot and killed yesterday in Chicago. What is going on there — totally out of control. Chicago needs help!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2017

Jan. 25, 2017

“So, look, when President Obama was there two weeks ago making a speech, very nice speech. Two people were shot and killed during his speech. You can’t have that … They weren’t shot at the speech. But they were shot in the city of Chicago during his speech.”

First interview as president with ABC News’ David Muir

Jan. 24, 2017

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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017

Jan. 2, 2017

Chicago murder rate is record setting — 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017

Oct. 19, 2016

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2016

Oct. 19, 2016

” … in Chicago, which has the toughest gun laws in the United States, probably you could say by far, they have more gun violence than any other city.”

During his final presidential debate against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas

Oct. 18, 2016

” … Look, look, if nothing else, people are going to be watching on November 8. Watch Philadelphia. Watch St. Louis. Watch Chicago, watch Chicago.”

At a campaign rally in Grand Junction, Colo.

Sept. 28, 2016

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 28, 2016

Sept. 26, 2016

“In Chicago, they’ve had thousands of shootings, thousands since January 1st. Thousands of shootings. And I’m saying, where is this? Is this a war-torn country? What are we doing?”

During the first presidential debate against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Sept. 22, 2016

“Chicago is out of control … You have 3,000 people shot and so many people dying — I mean, it’s worse than some of the places we’re hearing about, like Afghanistan.”

During an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends”

Aug. 27, 2016

Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016

Aug. 22, 2016

“… when I was in Chicago, I got to meet a couple of very top police. I said, ‘How do you stop this? How do you stop this? If you were put in charge — to a specific person — do you think you could stop it?’ He said, ‘Mr. Trump, I’d be able to stop it in one week.’ And I believed him 100 percent.”

During an interview on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor”

July 21, 2016

“In the president’s hometown of Chicago, more than 2,000 people have been the victims of shootings this year alone. And almost 4,000 have been killed in the Chicago area since he took office.”

Speech accepting the party’s nomination during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland

July 12, 2016

Crime is out of control, and rapidly getting worse. Look what is going on in Chicago and our inner cities. Not good!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016

“Since President Obama became president, almost 5,000 killings in Chicago and nobody talks about it.”

At a campaign rally in Westerfield, Ind., outside Indianapolis

March 12, 2016

The organized group of people, many of them thugs, who shut down our First Amendment rights in Chicago, have totally energized America!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2016

March 12, 2016

It is Clinton and Sanders people who disrupted my rally in Chicago — and then they say I must talk to my people. Phony politicians!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2016

March 11, 2016

“I love Chicago. I have big investments in Chicago, and I think it’s a great city.”

During a TV interview on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity”

Feb. 22, 2016

I hear the Rickets family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $’s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2016

July 2, 2015

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2015

June 29, 2015

Speaking at the City Club of Chicago. Sold out in minutes with thousands on the wait list! …

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015

“@MollyCBS2: @realDonaldTrump will speak @ #Chicago city club today; Reports claim 2,000 people are on the WAITING LIST to get in!”

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015

I will be speaking at the City Club of Chicago luncheon today where they turned away thousands of people (Sun Times). Get a larger room!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015

“I read that somebody said — it just stuck with me– that Chicago is more dangerous than Afghanistan. That’s a hell of a quote. Now, I don’t know if it is. But when you look at all these kids being killed on a daily basis, it hurts Chicago very badly.”

While speaking to the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board

June 28, 2015

Will be in Chicago tomorrow for a record setting (by far) luncheon.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2015

June 18, 2015

Trump Int’l Hotel & Tower, Chicago, has received accolades for design, service & our signature restaurant, “Sixteen”

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2015

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