On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted about Chicago’s murder rate saying, “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!”
Pundits spent Monday debating the merits of Trump’s argument, but one Chicago native agrees with the President-elect.
Hip-hop artist Che Smith, who is better known by his stage name Rhymefest, agrees with Trump that federal intervention is needed in Chicago to help combat the violence.
Rhymefest told CNN, “Well, you know, if the President-elect is talking about federal intervention in terms of resources, then we welcome that.”
“Illinois is the number one spot for African-American unemployment. Large amounts of those numbers are located in the city of Chicago. So if President-elect Trump is saying the federal government must intervene in the case of resources, we want that,” Rhymefest went on to say.
Rhymefest, however, does not think President Obama, who also hails from Chicago, is to blame for the violence. Rather, he argues it’s the responsibility of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to end the violence.
“I think that would fall upon the city council. It falls into especially the mayor’s hands, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. You know HUD has — the federal government has allocated $420 million for affordable housing in Chicago that has not been released,” Rhymefest went on to say. “Why hasn’t the mayor released that $420 million of HUD funding for affordable housing? You know, this thing that’s happening in Chicago didn’t just happen out of a vacuum. It has a history. You know, the affordable housing, the projects, if you want to call them that, were torn down, you know, decades ago in Chicago. And the people who lived in those places were just pushed around to various areas of the city with vouchers and were never give an opportunity to get on their feet.”
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