Won't You Please Come to Chicago/For the Help That We Can Bring

 

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If you missed the glad spectacle of thousands of baseball-watching patriots booing and chanting "Lock Him Up" to our as-yet Unindicted Co-conspirator - and no, the kids in cages didn't take issue with the "disrespect" shown our president - take heart: The chants and their spirit of resistance followed him Monday on his first trip to Chicago, the city he's spent years trashing as a "war zone" of "horrible carnage" where "people are being shot left and right," because Democrats and immigrants and black people oh my. As usual, Trump declined to mix with the masses - see ball game above - instead holding a fundraising event at his tacky hotel and speaking to a fascist-friendly meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, where he asked them to help him crack down on “far left activists” who don't think toddlers should be held in kiddie concentration camps.

Mostly, he "rained insults" on the city and repeatedly slammed Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, who boycotted the visit because it "doesn't line up with" the city's or his own values: "As police officers, our job is to be the voice for the voiceless and ambassadors to the communities that we serve. I can’t in good conscience stand by while racial insults and hatred are cast from the Oval Office." Trump was clearly irked by his absence, ragging on Johnson to his peers: "People like Johnson put criminals and illegal aliens before the citizens of Chicago... and frankly those values, to me, are a disgrace,” he said, adding the crime-ridden city is “embarrassing to us as a nation.” (Belated pot/kettle alert.) In response, Johnson, whose police were dutifully protecting the spewer of this bile, used the opportunity to point out the city's crime statistics are in fact not up, but down.

He was supported by his command staff, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker - “This is the land of Lincoln (and) you should respect all the people who live here" - and Dem Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who blasted Trump's insulting, ignorant buffoonery." Trump, she sneered, "knows as much about policing as he does running a fair and transparent government. Rather than belittle Chicago’s communities with hateful and dishonest rhetoric, he needs to go back to D.C. and face his fate.” Clearly up to trading insult for insult, thousands of protesters, including many striking teachers, furiously echoed her. Shutting down multiple streets, they gathered en masse to chant "Lock Him Up" and "This Is What Democracy Looks Like" in front of the gilded, hated Trump Hotel.

They also marched with Trump pinatas, danced to the Sousaphones Against Hate playing Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” and Darth Vader's "Imperial March," and held aloft signs reading "RESIST," "Impeach the Leech," "Trump Is A Fascist" (held by Batman and Robin), "I Could Shit A Better President," and "Nobody, Not Even the Rain Has Such Small Hands," proclaiming the day "a monumental moment" in resistance. Chicago, in fact, has had some pretty stellar such moments. Tuesday marks exactly 50 years since Bobby Seale of the Chicago 8 - later 7 when he was separated from his cohorts - was bound, gagged, and chained to his chair by Judge Julius Hoffman during their raucous trial for "inciting a riot," aka protesting the Vietnam War, during Chicago's 1968 Democratic National Convention. The judge's racist, illegal act, and Seale's fiery defiance, became a symbol of what fellow defendant Tom Hayden called the "practice of democracy (as) a revolutionary idea" - today, more vital than ever.
 

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