'It's Not Going To Happen. Not In My City': Mayor Lightfoot Says She Will Not Allow Trump To Send In Military

WBBM Newsradio Staff
June 02, 2020 - 2:07 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lightfoot joined CPD and CDPH on Tuesday morning to provide an update to the city.

During the press conference, the Mayor was asked what she would do if President Trump tried to deploy the military on Chicago streets?

"That's not going to happen," Lightfoot was quick to respond. "I will see him in court. It's not going to happen. Not in my city. And I am not confident that the President has the power to do that, but we have our lawyers hard at work, and if he tries to do that, and usurp the power of our Governor and myself as the Mayor, we will see him in court."

Reporter: So you are preparing just in case that does happen, it sounds like?

"In the event that he actually...now keep in mind, keep in mind this is a man who likes to bluster. Even before I was Mayor, this man indicated he was going to send in the Feds - whatever that means. So, let's not overreact, but we will be prepared. And if he does something that foolish, we are not having military roam our streets, for the reasons that the Superintendent just said, they are not trained in deescalation. They haven't built trust and authentic relationships with people in our community, and we are not going to give over our city to the military, so the President can play to his reelection. That's not going to happen, period."

The Mayor's response comes after numerous Democratic governors pushed back Monday against President Donald Trump’s threat to deploy the U.S. military unless they dispatch National Guard units to “dominate the streets” in reaction to the violence that has erupted across the country.

Governor Pritzker said he doesn’t believe the federal government can send military troops into his state.

“I reject the notion that the federal government can send troops into the state of Illinois,” Pritzker said on CNN after Trump urged governors to deploy the Guard. If they did not, he said he would send in “thousands and thousands” of soldiers.

He accused the President of creating an “incendiary moment” by threatening to do just that to quell violence that has arisen as demonstrators have taken to the streets in reaction to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

"The fact is that the President has created an incendiary moment here," Pritzker told CNN's Erin Burnett on "OutFront." "He wants to change the subject from his failure over coronavirus - a miserable failure. And now seeing a moment where there is unrest, because of the injustice that was done to George Floyd that he now wants to create another topic and something where he can be the law and order president. He's been a miserable failure."

Pritzker was among the first governors to react to Trump’s comments, which came hours after the president called governors “weak” and urged them to take a more aggressive response to weekend violence. It came as Americans gathered to protest police brutality against black Americans following the killing of Floyd, who was handcuffed and on the ground pleading for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck for several minutes.

"Rhetoric coming out of the White House is making it worse, people are experiencing real pain," he said. "We've got to have national leadership calling for calm and legitimate concern for protestors."

The President fired back.

"I don't like your rhetoric that much either," Trump said. "You could have done much better on coronavirus."

Recounting the exchange Monday evening, Pritzker said he was drawing attention to how Trump's rhetoric "is inflaming passions around the nation" when he should be "calling for calm."

"It's clear that he doesn't listen to anyone that tells him the truth. I did tell him the truth. You know, this rhetoric, this inflammatory rhetoric is bad for the country. You know, when we had the riots in Ferguson, President Obama started to bring the temperature down. He talked about calling for calm. When, you know, when Martin Luther King was killed, Robert Kennedy stood up and talked about seeking justice, you know, and bringing the tension down within the country," Pritzker said.

"This President doesn't understand any of that," he continued. "He probably hasn't read any of that, knows no history, and doesn't understand the job of the president to truly speak to the values of the nation."