Even hardened Chicago gang members are reaching out to the new Trump administration – after President Donald Trump threatened to ‘send in the feds’ if the city’s murder rate doesn’t come down.
From Daily Mail
Cleveland Megachurch founder Darrell Scott brought up the surprising overture during a televised White House meeting with Trump during a Black History Month Wednesday.
Scott, pastor at New Spirit Revival Center, announced that, ‘I was recently contacted by some of the top gang thugs in Chicago for a sit-down.’
‘They reached out to me because they associated me with you. They respect you, they believe in what you’re doing, and they want to have a sit-down about lowering that body count. So in a couple of weeks, I’m going into Chicago,’ Scott told Trump and a group of African-American supporters while the cameras rolled.
Trump interjected: ‘That’s a great idea because Chicago is totally out of control.’
Scott said he told the gang member, ‘We’ve got to lower that body count. We don’t want to talk about anything else – get that body count down. And they agreed. But the principle is they can do it.’
‘These are guys straight from the streets – no politicians – straight street guys. But they’re going to commit that if they lower that body count, we’ll come in and we’ll do some social programs. So they’re in agreement.’
Scott, who hosted Trump and a group of pastors at his church during the fall campaign, didn’t specify what social programs the federal government would provide.
‘But they want to work with this administration,’ he assured the president.
‘Good,’ Trump responded.
Trump, who in a Tweet threatened to send in the feds if Chicago’s murder rate doesn’t come down, repeated his demand for change, and didn’t seem to blanche at the gangland contacts.
‘If they’re not going to solve the problem — and what you’re doing is the right thing — then we’re going to solve the problem for them because we’re going to have to do something about Chicago,’ Trump said. ‘Because what’s happening in Chicago should not be happening in this country.’
‘They reached out – I didn’t reach out to them. They reached out to me,’ Scott explained.
‘They want to work with this administration. They believe in this administration. They didn’t believe in the prior administration,’ he said, in a ding a Chicago-native Barack Obama. ‘They told me this out of their mouth. But they see hope with you.’
‘I love it,’ Trump cheered.
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