Mixing Chicago with Donald Trump would be a potential disaster. That’s part of the message Common wants to impart to the President as he considers taking it upon himself to “send in the Feds” to help curb the city’s violence epidemic.
The veteran MC who hails from the Windy City was asked his take on the President’s recent statements about how bad things are in the city. On Tuesday night, Trump tweeted “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!.”
Common doesn’t see that as the answer, as he told TMZ’s camera when they caught up with him recently. Instead thinks it would be better if local officials and citizens were left to solve the city’s issues. “For me, I feel like to help Chicago, you know, we’ve got to take care of our own,” he says. “Within the community, we’ve got to do things. It’s a lot of people out there already organizing and doing things. We need our state and local people to do things.”
“We don’t need that type of mentality, so I am not focused on the president right now,” he said. “I’m focused on helping the people in the city and how we can do it.”
When asked if Trump enforcing something similar to martial law would have a bad outcome, Com’s reply was a simply “Ya think?” coupled with a laugh between him and the gathering of paparazzi.
He’s not alone in his thinking.
“We don’t need tanks rolling down Ashland or Archer,” city alderman Raymond Lopez said to Chicago’s ABC7, “what we need are programs that prevent violence, street level intervention.”