Yesterday in the White House press briefing, Kayleigh McEnany referred to the mayor of Chicago as ‘derelict’ in terms of all the homicides in her city, especially those of black men, women, and children:
Q In an interview with CBS News, President Trump said, “More white people are killed,” as an answer to why black people are still being killed by police officers. But by population percentages, black people are about three times more likely than white people to die in a police encounter. If the President won’t even acknowledge that, how can he fix the problem?
MS. MCENANY: The President has routinely acknowledged and expressed the absolute atrocity of the case of George Floyd, and his heart goes out to that family still. He was noting a fact that there were — when you look at unarmed killings with police interactions in this country, that you had 9 unarmed black individuals who were fatally shot and 19 unarmed white individuals. That’s down from 38 and 32, respectively, in 2015. So numbers have actually come down since the Obama administration. He was making that point.
But one point he wants to strongly make is this: that black men and women who die of homicide, they’re likely to die of homicide at eight times greater than that of white individuals and Hispanics combined. That’s the rate combined. So that’s an extraordinary thing that we want to look at.
I’ve listed for you the names of these kids who have died across this country. It is unacceptable, and under this President, he’ll take action. And the derelict mayor of Chicago should step up and ask for federal help because she’s doing a very poor job at securing her streets.
In response to this, the mayor of Chicago attacked McEnany saying “Hey Karen, watch your mouth”:
Hey, Karen. Watch your mouth. pic.twitter.com/zhjRyokKD5
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 16, 2020
Of course this isn’t serious to her. She’s more interested in a clever Twitter clapback than doing her job and protecting her citizens.
McEnany responded to her this morning, noting that it’s nothing short of a ‘dereliction of duty’ to ignore the president’s help:
While you‘re focused on words, America is outraged by the violence perpetuated in your city.
One person is taking action to stop violence in our streets: President @realDonaldTrump.
He’s offered your city help. It’s a dereliction of duty not to take it.https://t.co/OFBwDKveax https://t.co/QLhQnQn2eW
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) July 17, 2020
This morning Fox News did a segment on this, noting just how bad it’s gotten in Chicago during the first half of this year compared to the entirety of last year:
Watch the video for more on this…