Recently Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recounted to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly his meeting with a “top police officer” in Chicago. During this alleged meeting, Trump claimed that the officer told him that the only way to solve the violence gripping his city was to take off the kid gloves and use “tough police tactics.”
“I went to a top police officer in Chicago, who is not the police chief, and he—I could see by the way he was dealing with his people, he was a rough, tough guy. They respected him greatly, he said. I said, ‘How do you think you do it?’ He said, ‘Mr. Trump, within one week, we could stop much of this horror show that’s going on.’”
Trump’s bold claim that a top Chicago police officer would insinuate that more police brutality was what his city needed was not well received by the Chicago Police Department, who issued a statement on Tuesday refuting Trump’s story.
“We’ve discredited this claim months ago,” CPD spokesperson Frank Giancamilli said in a statement. “No one in the senior command at CPD has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign.”
…”Beyond that, the best way to address crime is through a commitment to community policing and a commitment to stronger laws to keep illegal guns and repeat violent offenders off the street,” Giancamilli added.
So far neither Trump nor anyone from his campaign has addressed the damning denial of Trump’s honesty by the CPD.
Expect the billionaire to make up some excuse or double down and go to war with the “liberal leadership” running the Chicago Police Department.
Meanwhile, Trump continues to hold top-secret tea parties with his imaginary top experts who also happen to think that extra “toughness” is the solution to every problem.