Donald Trump compared Chicago to a “war-torn country” at Monday’s debate, though he has never visited any of the city’s neighborhoods affected by gun violence during his presidential campaign. He is skipping a chance to see for himself today, when he stops in the suburb of Bolingbrook for a fundraiser, says the Chicago Sun-Times. Trump has been increasingly talking about Chicago’s murder woes since the Republican convention in Cleveland in July, focusing on crime in Chicago because it’s President Obama’s adopted hometown.
Since Obama became president, there have been more than 4,200 homicides in Chicago. “You don’t have good community relations in Chicago. It’s terrible. I have property there. It’s terrible what’s going on in Chicago,” Trump said Monday night. The property is Trump International Hotel and Towers, a high-end hotel in an upper-income area. Trump called Monday for police to use more stop-and-frisk techniques, which he said last week was a reference to Chicago.