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The number of Chicago murders “skyrocketed” to 796 in 2020, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, and Cook County clocked the highest number of gun-related deaths in history, with a startling 875 homicides.

“After three consecutive years of declining violence, Chicago’s murder tally soared in 2020 as city leaders — including a new Chicago police superintendent — were forced to confront widespread civil unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Sun-Times noted Sunday, announcing the 2020 numbers.

“As of Dec. 31, the city recorded 774 murders in 2020, an increase of more than 50% from the 506 murders in 2019, the outlet continued, citing in-house statistics. “The uptick was felt across the city, as 20 of the CPD’s 22 police districts recorded more murders in 2020 than the year before.”

In 2020, there were 769 murders in the city of Chicago. In 2019, there were 495.

The number is nearly higher than the total in 2016 — one of the deadliest years in Chicago history, and one which saw a near city-wide gang war that left dozens dead each weekend.

Chicago, like most major cities, saw an uptick in violence in early summer, following coronavirus-related lockdowns that forced people indoors for weeks at a time, cutting them off from society and often sending them into economic peril. With police under increased scrutiny following George Floyd’s death while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement often scaled back efforts, leaving streets and communities more exposed.

Chicago set weekly records for gun violence, the Sun-Times notes, but the Chicago Police Department also cleared nearly 46% of cases, solving 350 murder cases — “the most in a single year since 2005,” per a department spokesperson. That, the city’s top brass says, is a testament to new policing strategies, even if the raw numbers are not.

“Public safety is an all-hands-on-deck effort that requires not only the police, but street outreach workers, faith leaders, the courts, community organizations, and residents all working together,” Chicago’s police superintendent, David Brown, said Thursday after the department released its official 2020 numbers. “The best way to reduce crime and violence is to prevent it from happening in the first place by building bridges and trust in the community.”

Cook County, which is home to Chicago as well as most of its surrounding suburbs, suffered from a record plague of gun violence, according to the city’s ABC affiliate, chalking up 875 gun-related homicides in 2020 — almost 50 more than the previous record set in 1994. Children were also far more likely to be victims of gun violence in 2020 than in years previous.

“That is by far the highest total of gun-related homicides we have ever had. The only time we came anywhere near that was in 1994 when we had 838 homicides due to gun violence,” a spokeswoman for the city’s Medical Examiner’s office told ABC 7 Chicago. “I see so many on TV and I’ve watched so many innocent children — kids get killed and I never would have dreamed a day in my life that I would feel the pain that they feel.”

Unfortunately for the city, 2021 is not starting out much better. Despite inclement weather and sub-freezing temperatures, the Sun-Times reports that 23 people have been shot in Chicago so far this weekend and 4 have been killed.

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flak January 4, 2021
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Prime example of Demicratic leadership.....
Don Diablo January 4, 2021
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This is not possible! In 2020, NOBODY died of anything other than the super bug Covid-1984! What is happening to the world? The Rona has saved a lot of people from dying of gunshots this last year, by killing them just before the bullets struck them, why not these poor people? Why are they left out of all that goodness? It HAS to be racism I tell you, it HAS to be!
Rick January 4, 2021
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To have "Order" you must have laws. When you have "Laws" you must enforce them.....
Fred January 4, 2021
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The Democrats will fix it. First they will take guns away, then knives, then heavy long objects, then pointed sticks, rocks and, finally hands. People don't kill people. Hands kill people.
LST January 4, 2021
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A democrat's idea of paradise.
Pat January 4, 2021
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Blaming gun violence on covid is ridiculous! It's the government's response to the FLU that matters. Shutting people up in their homes for months on end builds up stress, as does putting people out of work so that they can't provide for their families. Blaming covid is about as stupid as blaming the guns!
Nathan M. January 4, 2021
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I visited Chicago years ago. Lovely city (as long as you're on the right side of it), awesome museums and aquarium. It's so sad watching it crumble like Detroit before it because of inept politicians determined to pander to niggers at any price.
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Nikki Haley Breaks with Trump: ‘We Shouldn’t Have Followed Him, and We Shouldn’t Have Listened to Him’

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Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, believes that former President Donald Trump “let us down.”

Haley’s remarks come as the former president’s legal team prepares to present its defense of Trump during his second impeachment trial in the Senate.

In a Politico interview published Friday, Haley, former South Carolina governor, said that “we shouldn’t have followed” Trump.

“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she said in an extensive profile. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”

She also told the outlet that she has not spoken to Trump since the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, and takes issue with his remarks condemning former Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to reject the Electoral College vote.

“When I tell you I’m angry, it’s an understatement,” she expressed. “I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I’m disgusted by it.”

The former ambassador, who many people are speculating may run for the White House in 2024, also added that Trump will never accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“There’s nothing that you’re ever going to do that’s going to make him feel like he legitimately lost the election,” she explained. “He’s got a big bully pulpit. He should be responsible with it.”

Haley also warned that many people still love the former president and will not stop supporting him just because he is out of office.

“I know how much people love Donald Trump,” she admitted. “I know it. I feel it. Whether it’s an RNC room or social media or talking to donors, I can tell you that the love they have for him is still very strong. That’s not going to just fall to the wayside. Nor do I think the Republican Party is going to go back to the way it was before Donald Trump. I don’t think it should.”

Haley added that people, instead, should “take the good that he built, leave the bad that he did, and get back to a place where we can be a good, valuable, effective party.”

“[I]t’s bigger than the party,” she insisted. “I hope our country can come together and figure out how we pull this back.”

Referring to Haley’s possible 2024 ambitions, Politico’s Tim Alberta wrote, “Since last fall, I’ve spent nearly six hours talking with Haley on-the-record. I’ve also spoken with nearly 70 people who know her: friends, associates, donors, staffers, former colleagues. From those conversations, two things are clear. First, Nikki Haley is going to run for president in 2024. Second, she doesn’t know which Nikki Haley will be on the ballot.”

Haley also said that she didn’t believe Trump had a chance of winning in a 2024 election scenario.

“I don’t think he can,” she admitted. “He’s fallen so far.”

“I think his business is suffering at this point,” she added. “I think he’s lost any sort of political viability he was going to have. I think he’s lost his social media, which meant the world to him. I mean, I think he’s lost the things that really could have kept him moving.”

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WATCH: Trump’s Defense Team Absolutely Ruins Democrats With 13 Minute Montage of “Fight” Word Like Trump Did

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The Democrats demonized President Trump for using the word ‘fight’. Trump’s attorneys responded today with a collage of clips from each of the Democrats in the room using the word ‘fight’.

This portion of today’s events on Capitol Hill was excellent. The Democrats claim that because President Trump used the word ‘fight’ in his speech on January 6th in Washington D.C. However, what every Democrat in that room forgot was that they too had used the word previously in political speech.

The montage went on for 13 minutes. (The video montage starts at 7:10 timeframe.)

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WATCH: Trump Attorneys Destroy House Managers on Lying to American Public and Using Manipulated Tweet as Evidence

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President Trump’s defense team took the floor of the US Senate on Friday in defense of President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.

Trump Attorney David Schoen absolutely destroyed the House Managers when he took to the floor of the US Senate.

At one point Schoen played video of the Democrat lawmakers lying about a Trump tweet.

House Impeachment Manager Eric Swalwell gave a riveting performance on Wednesday reading off Trump’s tweets with emotional appeal.

During this theatrical performance, Swalwell read off a Trump retweet by Jennifer Lynn Lawrence.

But there was one problem with the tweet. It was photoshopped.

Jennifer Lynn Lawrence has never been verified by Twitter. Democrats faked that to make it look more important.

On Friday Trump Attorney David Schoen destroyed Democrats for lying about this to the American public.

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White House Suspends Deputy Press Secretary For Allegedly Sexually Harassing, Threatening Reporter

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The White House announced on Friday that it was suspending Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo after a report surfaced alleging that he sexually harassed and threatened a female reporter who was getting ready to publish a report revealing that he was dating a reporter who had previously been tasked with covering Democrat Joe Biden.

“The confrontation began on Inauguration Day, January 20, after [Politico reporter Tara] Palmeri, a coauthor of Politico’s Playbook, contacted [Axios political reporter Alexi] McCammond for comment while one of her male colleagues left a message for Ducklo,” Vanity Fair reported. “Ducklo subsequently called a Playbook editor to object to the story, but was told to call the Playbook reporters with his concerns. But instead of calling the male reporter who initially contacted him, Ducklo tried to intimidate Palmeri by phone in an effort to kill the story. ‘I will destroy you,’ Ducklo told her, according to the sources, adding that he would ruin her reputation if she published it.”

“During the off-the-record call, Ducklo made derogatory and misogynistic comments, accusing Palmeri of only reporting on his relationship—which, due to the ethics questions that factor into the relationship between a journalist and White House official, falls under the purview of her reporting beat—because she was ‘jealous’ that an unidentified man in the past had ‘wanted to f***’ McCammond ‘and not you,’” the report added. “Ducklo also accused Palmeri of being ‘jealous’ of his relationship with McCammond.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said following the report that Ducklo has been suspended for a week over the incident.

“TJ Ducklo has apologized to the reporter, with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life,” Psaki wrote on Twitter. “He is the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the President.”

“In addition to his initial apology, he has sent the reporter a personal note expressing his profound regret,” she continued. “With the approval of the White House Chief of Staff, he has been placed on a one-week suspension without pay. In addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico.”

Reporters called out the administration over the incident, highlighting how the Trump administration did not treat reporters that way as well as issues with the timeline of events with regard to the White House taking action to address the incident.

“The Vanity Fair piece indicates that Politico editors reached to the WH after the incident first occurred and the WH acknowledged it was inappropriate,” Spectator editor Amber Athey wrote on Twitter. “But they clearly didn’t have any interest in disciplining Ducklo until his behavior was made public.”

New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi wrote on Twitter: “I covered Donald Trump for 6 years. It is saying something that this behavior — from a Biden official — shocks me.”

Grabien founder Tom Elliott highlighted the following remarks that Biden made a few weeks ago: “If you’re ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot, on the spot. No if, ands, or buts. Everybody — everybody is entitled to be treated with decency & dignity.”

CNN anchor Jake Tapper responded to the quote, writing: “Standards that are not upheld are not standards. They’re lies.”

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