Rahm Emanuel tells Democrats to take a chill pill

Saying it's all about winning, and if you don't win you don't get to determine policy, Mayor Emanuel tells fellow democrats to relax and work on a game plan.

17-year-old Gakirah Barnes was known as “K.I.” in her gang. She was also a graduate Charter Perspective/IT Math & Science Academy. Image compiled by The Daily Beast

WASHINGTON, February 7, 2017 – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is actually talking and making sense. Maybe it’s because he recognizes his hold on Chicago, a city whose murder rate remains astronomical with 51 murders and 234 shooting incidents in January of 2017 is becoming tenuous.

At a meeting last week with members of the African-American community, and with HUD secretary nominee,  Dr. Ben Carson at his side, President Donald Trump talked about Chicago violence, saying if city officials don’t take steps, “we’re going to solve the problem for them,”

Following comments by Ohio Pastor Darrell Scott, who suggested gang leaders are willing to work with the new administration, the president said that direct intervention with former street-gang leaders might be a good idea because violence in the city was “totally out of control.”

“Because we’re going to have to do something,” Trump said, “What’s happening in Chicago should not be happening in this country.”

Now Mayor Emanuel is telling fellow Democrats to take a chill pill over President Trump and the GOP have control, forecasting it will be a long time, at least 2020, before Democrats have any control at all.

Because it is all about winning, according to Emanuel, who also brags he never lost an election.  But unless he gets things under control in his own backyard, he might not find himself winning a third term in 2019.

Kim Janssen of the Chicago Tribune reports;

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