In the middle of increased tensions following a domestic terrorism incident in Virginia, President Donald Trump on Monday questioned why other acts of violence seem to be left out of the mainstream media.
Trump re-tweeted an alt-right figure, who posted a news story regarding another violent weekend in Chicago.
“Meanwhile: 39 shootings in Chicago this weekend, 9 deaths. No national media outrage. Why is that?” Jack Posobiec wrote.
The re-tweet comes just hours after Trump criticized the media for being too harsh about his response to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer. She was killed when a car smashed into her as she was counter protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
According to ABC 7 News, nine people were killed and around 30 other were injured in the Midwestern city between Friday evening and Monday morning. That includes eight people being gunned down over a 17-hour span.
The latest shooting took place early Monday morning in a Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest side of the city. During that incident, the news station reported, a 26-year-old man stood next to a vehicle when another drove by another fired shots at him. The man was pronounced dead by authorities after he suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
That came shortly after three people were shot dead on Chicago’s far South side. A 17-year-old boy, 22-year-old man and 24-year-old woman were the three victims in the incident. Police said they were killed when they allegedly broke into a home and a man who holds a permit shot them dead, police said.
The gun violence marks another weekend in what’s become one of the most dangerous cities in the nation.
According to the Chicago Tribune, about 2,331 people have been shot in Chicago so far this year, which is actually almost 300 people less than last year when gun violence statistics reached rates not seen in 20 years. So far this year, there have been at least 432 homicides, which is down 18 from the number reported at this time last year.
Dealing with the gun violence in Chicago was a talking point of Trump’s presidential campaign, and in June he vowed to do something about it. He announced that his administration assigned 20 ATF agents to fight the gun violence in the city.
“Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help,” Trump tweeted.
Officials said a 40-person “strike force” would be working on unsolved shootings and combating gun trafficking.
Trump’s decision to move federal agents to the city came months after he threatened to send in federal agents. He tweeted startling statistics four days into his new job as president on January 24 and vowed to send federal assistance.
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