"Like Living In Hell": Trump Cites Violent Crime Rates In Oakland, Other Cities

KCBS Radio Overnight News
June 25, 2020 - 8:11 pm

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    President Donald Trump took a swipe at violent crime rates and the response to them in several American cities late Thursday, saying "it's like living in hell."

    Among them - Oakland, Chicago, Baltimore and Detroit.

    The president made the comments as part of a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity taped in front of a small audience at an airplane hangar in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    "Take a look at Detroit, take a look at what's happening in Oakland, take a look at what's happening in Baltimore," the president told moderator Sean Hannity. "And everyone gets upset when I say it. They say 'Oh, is that a racist statement.' It's not a racist (statement), frankly. Black people come up to me, say 'Thank you, thank you sir for saying it.' They want help. These cities, it's like living in hell."

    Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf responded to the president's comments via Twitter: "Hell is another four years of this racist in the White House. #Vote #ElectionsMatter"

    The president and Hannity discussed a number of topics, including his likely Democratic opponent Joe Biden, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, surging national cases in the coronavirus pandemic and protecting statues from protesters.

    President Trump went on to compare violence in Chicago to that of countries like Afghanistan and Honduras, pitching for city officials there to embrace New York City's controversial "Stop-and-Frisk" policy.

    "Stop-and-frisk, stop-and-frisk, you take guns away," the president said. "Chicago's the greatest example I think I've ever seen of that."

    Chicago in particular has experienced a recent uptick in violence.

    All cities mentioned by President Trump are led by Democratic mayors.

    See a 25-minute portion of the interview below.