Trump Calls Chicago Police Chief A ‘Disgrace,’ Says Afghanistan Is Safer

Donald Trump made the first visit of his presidency to Chicago on Monday to host a closed-door fundraiser at his hotel in the city and make a speech in front of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. While there, he made sure to offend the city by claiming that Afghanistan is “a safe place by comparison.”

During his speech, Trump falsely claimed that Chicago had the strictest gun laws in America but that these regulations clearly weren’t helping the city, saying, “Chicago has the toughest gun laws in the United States. That doesn’t seem to be working too well, does it?”

He went on to claim that Afghanistan is safer than the Windy City, adding, “It’s embarrassing to us as a nation. All over the world, they’re talking about Chicago. Afghanistan is a safe place by comparison.”

Note that Donald Trump has never set foot in Afghanistan, and that official statistics show that in fact, shootings and murders are at a four-year low in Chicago.

Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson boycotted the event based on Trump’s comments, saying that “The values of the people of Chicago are more important than anything that he would have to say.” Perhaps unsurprisingly, this angered Trump, who told attendees that he found Johnson’s comments “very insulting,” especially since he’s “done more than any president has ever done for the police.”

Given the fact that the Justice Department completely abandoned its attempt to reform police departments and end corruption within the force, that’s just more “fake news” from the president.

No doubt the city of Chicago didn’t appreciate Trump’s comments and will be glad to see the back of them. The fact that Trump thinks comments like this are appropriate to make about an American city at all, let alone while actually addressing its residents, is mind-blowing. So much for uniting the country.