President Donald Trump has again turned his attention to gun violence in Chicago — even threatening to "send in the feds" to the Windy City.
In a recent interview with ABC's David Muir, Trump hammered on his opinion that Chicago needs to fix its high murder rate before he sends in federal assistance. While doing so, he made an erroneous claim about people dying while former President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address on Jan. 10.
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 (@Donald J. Trump)1485311140.0
According to the ABC transcript of the interview, Trump said:
It can't be a great city. Excuse me. It can't be a great city if people are shot walking down the street for a loaf of bread. Can't be a great city.
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. What — what's going on?
But according to police records reviewed by the Chicago Tribune, that claim is untrue.
Not only was no one killed during Obama's Chicago address, no shootings at all took place during that time frame, according to the police records as well as the Tribune's own crime database.
The Tribune discovered of the shootings on Jan. 10:
Five people were wounded that day in separate shootings on the South and West sides, but none of them died, according to Tribune data and the Police Department.
The first three shootings occurred hours before the president even landed in Chicago. At 9:10 p.m., about 20 minutes after Obama's speech concluded, a 22-year-old man was shot in the back in the 1500 block of South Kolin Avenue before being transported to a local hospital in fair condition, records show.
The final shooting took place about 10:30 p.m. when another man, also 22, was shot in the right leg in the 1800 block of South Drake Avenue, records show.
As the Tribune reported, Trump's claim did not air but was included in the transcript of his interview with Muir.
In the interview, Trump continued to describe the gun violence in Chicago as "carnage," "a war zone" and "a catastrophe."
"People are being shot left and right. Thousands of people over a period — over a short period of time," Trump said, according to the transcript.
In Chicago, 2016 was the deadliest year in almost two decades as 762 people were murdered. That number is significantly increased from 496 in 2015 and 423 in 2014.
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