(NationalSentinel) While much of Chicago is relatively peaceful, a portion of the city has for years been so deadly that it’s been compared to war zones overseas. Spike Lee’s “Chiraq” takes a serious look at the massive amount of mostly black-on-black murder in the Windy City, a death rate that continues to set year-on-year records.
President Donald Trump has chastised Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his inability to bring the death toll down, and has said he is willing to send in federal agencies to quell the violence.
Now, however, Trump may be about to get some help from an unlikely source: Chicago gangs themselves. As reported byÂ CBS Chicago:
The founder and pastor of a megachurch in Ohio told President Donald Trump he has spoken to gang leaders in Chicago who want to work with the WhiteÂ HouseÂ to reduce violent crime.
Dr. Darrell Scott, senior pastor of New Revival Center in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was a guest of Trumpâ€™s at an African-American History Month meeting at the White House. He said he is a â€œblack Trump supporter,â€ and claimed he was â€œcontacted by some of the top gang thugs in Chicago for a sit-down.â€
Taking a swipe at former President Obama, who began his political career as a community organizer in Chicago, Scott said the gangs â€œwant to work with the administration â€¦ they believe in this administration; they didnâ€™t believe in the prior administration. They told me this outta their mouths.â€
â€œThey reached out to me, because theyâ€™re associating me with you. They respect you. They believe in what youâ€™re doing, and they want to have a sit-down about lowering that body count. So in a couple weeks, Iâ€™m going into Chicago,â€ Scott said. â€œI said weâ€™ve got to lower that body count. We donâ€™t want to talk about anything else; get that body count down, and they agreed that the principals that can do it â€“ these are guys straight from the streets, no politicians, straight street guys â€“ but theyâ€™re going to commit that if they lower that body count, weâ€™ll come in and weâ€™ll do some social programs.â€
Trump had to agree that was a great idea, because what’s going on in Chicago is “totally out of control.”
â€œIf theyâ€™re not going to solve the problem â€” and what youâ€™re doing is the right thing â€” then weâ€™re going to solve the problem for them, because weâ€™re going to have to do something about Chicago, because whatâ€™s happening in Chicago should not be happening in this country,â€ Trump added.
For his part, Emanuel tookÂ no responsibility whatsoever for the carnage and his inability to stem it, saying Trump should stop talking about it provide the mayor with more “federal resources.”
Fine, but isn’t it telling that these gangs said theyÂ did not trust the Obama administrationÂ or, apparently, the Emanuel administration, enough to approachÂ them with an offer of assistance on the street level.Â They turned to Trump. That tells you everything you need to know about who these gangs really believe can get positive things done.