Trump’s warning to Chicago could mean federal troops


President Trump tweeted about possibility of sending in "feds" to Chicago.

Jaclynne Martinez, Features Team Leader

On Jan. 24, President Trump received yet another wave of criticism when he threatened to send federal troops into Chicago.

The president took to Twitter to send Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel a warning: “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!” Trump said.

According to the Washington Post, there were 4,367 shooting victims last year. With these numbers, some are inclined to agree with Trump. Others, however, strongly disagree with Trump’s proposal.

“I don’t think sending the feds into Chicago would help because when they leave it would just go back to the way it was and more people could get hurt that way,” Danielle Miller, senior, said.

Kaylee Hibler, sophomore, thinks Trump needs to prioritize other concerns about the country.

“I think he should learn to focus on bigger things. He shouldn’t be sending troops, let alone be threatening his own country,” Hibler said.

One has to question what the president’s true intentions behind this threat is. Neither Emanuel nor Trump have kept their dislike for each other secret. Right before Trump’s inauguration, Emanuel voiced his opinion on the large sign displaying the president’s name on the Trump building, calling it “tasteless.”

Trump isn’t the only person to critique Emanuel’s plan to stop violence in his city, however. According to the Chicago Tribune, he had a lot to say about this when he was confronted with these critics at a press conference.

I’ll accept my responsibility, but this is Chicago’s fight, not the mayor’s fight. Everybody has a role to play to put their shoulder to the wheel to do things. … This is all of our fight.” Emanuel said.

Whether it’s truly due to Chicago’s violence epidemic or underlying issues between the mayor and president, Trump has so far proven that he plans to fulfill the changes he wants to bring to America. If predictions of the murder rate rising is true, we should prepare for federal troops to be guarding troubled areas soon.