On CNN’s State of the Union , host Jake Tapper confronted Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker on a common theme that even casual observers of leftist politicians and media have noticed. That is they always focus on tragic one time incidents like mass shootings, yet ignore the daily shootings in Chicago which cause more deaths on a weekly basis than mass shootings.
After discussing the terrible mass shooting in Highland Park on Independence Day with Pritzker, Tapper correctly noted that “the fourth of July weekend death toll in Chicago, as you know, surpassed the Highland Park shooting.”
Tapper pointed out that Pritzker visited Highland Park after the shooting and then read from a statement that the assistant pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago gave: If you are in a position of power, you must make sure that the same energy and the same effort that you put in one area is put in the other. I will not visit an area like Highland Park and then not show up to the other end of the spectrum. Tapper remarked that “one parent told CNN that they see the difference in how black and brown children are treated all the time.”
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Directly addressing Pritzker, Tapper asked him “what do you say to any parents who are asking why the Highland Park shooting is getting so much more attention than the gun violence facing residents in Chicago, particularly northern neighborhoods in Chicago every single day?”
Pritzker denied that he’s “giving more attention to one than another” and deflected by claiming “much of what we’ve done in our budget over the last six months for this current fiscal year is to put money into programs […]
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