This Is Not a 'Trump-Free Zone': Chicago Protesters March Over Violence, Demand Ouster of Rahm Emanuel
Demonstrators took to the streets of Chicago Thursday to call for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D), blasting his administration for failing to curb the city's gun violence epidemic.
Protesters expressed their outrage over the lack of economic development on the South and West Sides of the city, compared to the North Side, as gang violence continues to plague their neighborhoods.
"Rahm Emanuel is a con man. His whole job is to keep black folks divided," one man told Fox News' Gianno Caldwell, who covered the march.
More than 1,600 people have been shot in Chicago this year, including three children who were recently wounded while playing basketball. Residents said after the shooting that the situation is so bad, children are being kept indoors for their safety.
One woman said Thursday that Emanuel "doesn't care about anybody" except his own neighborhood and his own family, while another woman said Emanuel seems to care more about illegal immigrants in the city.
"African-Americans, we're citizens, and our ancestors built this country," she told Caldwell, whose younger brother survived a shooting last year that killed his best friend.
State Rep. La Shawn Ford, a Democrat who represents the West Side of Chicago, called on President Trump to help the city.
"Not everyone believes Chicago is a Trump-free zone. If he's serious about helping the people ... I accept his help. We can't turn any help away," said Ford, adding that seniors and children need to have safe streets and federal authorities need to help the local police.
Rev. Ira Acree, one of the organizers of Thursday's protest, said residents are tired of the "tale of two cities," where one area is thriving and others are crippled by poverty and gang violence.
Caldwell said on "Fox & Friends" that he found it interesting to see Democratic leaders in Chicago calling for President Trump to involve the National Guard.
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Later on "America's Newsroom," former police superintendent Garry McCarthy (D) - who is challenging Emanuel in 2019 - said the former Obama White House chief of staff does not listen to the residents.
"People feel they actually have to protest to get the attention of the mayor," he said, adding people across the city describe Emanuel as "out of touch" and feel he is helping to make the socioeconomic divide worse.
Sandra Smith said Emanuel was asked to come on the program, but his office declined.