BREAKING NEWS – Chicago, Illinois – Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended a series of insulting text messages sent to the city’s police union president after he asked President Trump for help in addressing the city’s violent crime wave.

In the messages to Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara, Lightfoot called him a “cartoon character” and “clown” who is “desperate for relevance.” The exchange was obtained by WGN-TV.

The remarks came after Catanzara asked Trump in a July 18 letter for help in combating Chicago’s violent crime epidemic, while calling Lightfoot a “complete failure.”

“In the middle of everything that’s going on, in a craven political move, this man waved his hand to President Trump and invited him to bring federal troops into our city, a la Portland,” Lightfoot told reporters during a news briefing. “We have tried to engage him in a constructive way. He wants to end the violence, with no concerns on how it will affect my re-election chances. And another thing, Catanzara is so concerned about violence, that he is ignoring people that are double-parked on the streets, and drivers that changes lanes without using their turn signals. I am not saying that I’m ok with the daily murders in this city, but rules of the road are important too.”

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