Lightfoot Slams Ivanka Trump For Twitter Errors On Chicago Shootings

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CHICAGO -- Ivanka Trump included factual mistakes in tweets Tuesday about Chicago’s weekend violence, as her father’s administration grapples with fallout from mass shootings in Ohio and Texas.

In one of two tweets, Ivanka Trump, a White House aide to President Trump, reminds people to “not overlook that Chicago experienced its deadliest weekend of the year."

With 7 dead and 52 wounded near a playground in the Windy City- and little national outrage or media coverage- we mustn’t become numb to the violence faced by inner city communities every day.

— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 6, 2019

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi agreed last weekend was the deadliest of 2019. But he told the Associated Press Ivanka Trump overstated the number of total shooting victims by four.

Trump also indicated the seven people killed died “near a playground.” There was a shooting near a playground in which seven people were injured, but none were killed at that scene.

“It’s important, when we’re talking about peoples’ lives, to actually get the facts correct, which one could easily do if you actually cared about getting it right,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in response.

Lightfoot added: “She got the numbers wrong, she got the location wrong. That’s the danger of trying to govern via tweet."