The Trump administration has blown into Washington like a whirlwind. Contrary to several Beltway-insider predictions, our new president’s Twitter output has not ebbed with his assumption of office. Tuesday night’s flurry included this gem:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
Both of these matters have been expertly analyzed in recent days by Heather Mac Donald, the Manhattan Institute scholar and author of The War on Cops. Here at National Review, she dilated on “carnage” as an apt descriptor for more than 6,000 black men shot dead on the streets in 2015 alone, the vast majority of them killed by other black men. The Left’s hypocrisy could not escape her notice: taking umbrage at Trump’s word “carnage” after years of their own grotesque hyperbole over “an ever-expanding array of hatreds and injustice,” which, they absurdly claim, “disenfranchise large portions of the population and force them to live in fear.”