President Trump tweeted he would "send in the Feds" to stop gun violence in Chicago Tuesday night, hearkening back to the "American carnage" line in his Inaugural Address.
It also hearkened back to a Fox News segment that aired about an hour before his tweet, where lawyer Horace Cooper described Chicago as full of "carnage" on "The O'Reilly Factor."
Trump claimed Chicago had seen 228 shootings with 42 deaths in 2017 alone. Chicago police have reported 182 shootings and 38 homicides.
If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Here's Trump's tweet from Tuesday night.
And here's Fox News quoting Cooper.
Chicago murder rate is record setting - 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
Trump brought up a similar stance earlier this month.
2016 saw 762 homicides in Chicago, its highest yearly total in two decades and more than New York and Los Angeles combined. With 485 homicides reported in 2015, it's the biggest spike in 60 years.
Trump also congratulated Fox for its inauguration coverage Tuesday night.
Trump's public endorsement of Fox News over cable news rivals is something I've never seen before. He's acknowledging Fox is now state TV.— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) January 25, 2017
Some observers were disturbed by the implications of Trump's tweet.