Chicago’s liberal mayor, Rahm Emanuel (D), made an appearance on “The Late Show” Wednesday night, and debuted a new motto for the “Windy City,” meant as a dig at President Donald J. Trump.
Speaking to the show’s liberal, Trump-hating host, Stephen Colbert, Emanuel said, “We don’t want him,” referring to Trump. He declared Chicago a “Trump-free zone,” then suggested Chicago’s new motto should be “a city he’ll never sleep in.”
Emanuel, who served as chief of staff for former President Barack Obama, told Colbert that Chicago is making a number of progressive moves which don’t align with the Trump agenda, including its status as a “sanctuary city,” giving public scholarships for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and environmental regulations.
The Trump administration seeks to eliminate “sanctuary cities,” which it says are dangerous for U.S. citizens. A renewed call for the program’s end came when Kate Steinle’s killer, an illegal immigrant, who had been released into the public under San Francisco’s sanctuary policy and despite an immigration detainer, was found not-guilty in her shooting death.
The DACA program, which gave a type of amnesty to the nation’s illegal youth, was halted by the Trump administration, although Trump has asked Congress to come up with a permanent solution for recipients before the program officially ends.
Although Trump did pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord (a multi-nation agreement focused on environmental restrictions), he suggested that every state and city would do its best to improve its environmental impact. Therefore, Emanuel’s environmental efforts may not be contrary to Trump’s intentions at all.
Still, Emmanuel made a dig at the president, saying, “Donald Trump is driving forward looking through the rearview mirror, and I’m not going that way. I think what he’s doing is wrong for the direction of the city.”
Emmanuel considers Chicago a “welcoming” city, and he spoke about his efforts to improve the relationship between the people living there and law enforcement officials.
“The Justice Department, specifically under Donald Trump, is driving a wedge and a difference between communities and the police departments when we’re trying to build that trust,” he claimed.
Emanuel also said it is bad policy for the United States to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but when he was pushed for an answer as to why it was bad policy or why the Obama administration had not made the declaration, Emanuel deftly changed the subject.
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