It’s true that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. It’s also true that people who run near-bankrupt cities with out-of-control murder rates shouldn’t comment on the ineffectiveness or incompetence of other government officials. Yet on Wednesday, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago and former Chief of Staff to President Obama, decided to ignore this advice and go on the record blasting Donald Trump and his NFL statements.
Emanuel said, “There’s a part of me that also thinks it was a cynical ploy to distract people from what was happening on health care, what was not happening in Puerto Rico, and what they were attempting to do on health care but also on North Korea.”
Chicago’s Mayor could be spot on in his assessment of Trump’s maneuvering (at least in terms of health care and North Korea). The President made strong statements that refocused the attention of the American public, and in doing so triggered the Left into a fit of hysteria. As a result, the Democrats voluntarily became the party that opposes patriotism.
Despite the potential accuracy of Emanuel’s statement, the irony is just too much to handle. The former Obama crony is unquestionably one of the worst mayors in the country. Earlier this year, the State of Illinois narrowly avoided a “junk” credit rating, which The Chicago Tribune notes, “would’ve made Illinois the first U.S. state to have a rating below investment grade.”
That poor credit score is in large part based on Chicago’s impending pension crisis. According to Reason Magazine, in 2015 (while Emanuel was Mayor) the city of Chicago paid out $999 million dollars in pension payments while the pension funds “generated just $90 million in investment income.” Not exactly a winning formula for the Windy City.
And while Emanuel is checking under the couch cushions for spare change, the real issue in Chicago is the horrifically high murder and violent crime rate. In 2011, when Emanuel was elected, the murder rate was at it’s lowest point since 1991, with 437 killings. In 2016, that number jumped to 762, the highest it’s been this century. And now this year, with more than three months still to go, Chicago has already seen 513 murders.
So what was Emanuel doing attacking Trump’s NFL comments? The same thing he accused Trump of doing. He’s distracting the people by redirecting their attention to something he believes is “more controversial” than the egregious problems in Chicago. One might even call his comments a cynical ploy to distract people from what is not happening with Chicago’s terrible murder rate, and what he’s not doing to fix the pension crisis.