In an interview Monday night on the Fox News show "The O'Reilly Factor," Trump reiterated his past comments about Chicago violence being "out of control" and added that the Chicago police force does not have "the right people in charge."
Fox host Bill O'Reilly asked Trump how to solve the city's crime problem, with homicides up nearly 50 percent.
"How? By being very much tougher than they are right now. They're right now not tough. I could tell you this very long and quite boring story. But when I was in Chicago, I got to meet a couple of very top police. I said, 'How do you stop this? How do you stop this? If you were put in charge — to a specific person — do you think you could stop it?' He said, 'Mr. Trump, I'd be able to stop it in one week.' And I believed him 100 percent," Trump said.
When O'Reilly asked whether the unnamed officer told him how, Trump said: "No, he wants to use tough police tactics, which is OK when you have people being killed."
But Chicago police said Tuesday that Trump has not met with top brass.
"No one in the senior command at CPD has ever met with Donald Trump or a member of his campaign," Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
Guglielmi clarified later that since at least March, when a Trump rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago was planned and ultimately canceled, none of the department's deputy superintendents, commanders of the city's 22 districts, chiefs of patrol or chiefs of detectives has met with Trump.
I imagine that after reading that a number of you thought, 'Big deal Donald Trump lies all of the time. We have come to expect it."
But that's the thing.
He DOES lie all of the time, and we HAVE come to expect it.
People are literally chalking it off to Donald being Donald.
And that is bullshit!
This man just lied about having a conversation with a top police official, that he did not have, in order to push his claim that the cops will magically be more effective once he is elected. And that as a result crime will go down.
And in response this news received very little media coverage, because, you know, it happens all of the time.
By contrast if Hillary had said this it would be on the front page of every major paper in the country and cable news would be covering it 24/7.
You know that's true.
Currently Trump and the conservative media are pushing the narrative that Hillary Clinton lies and that she cannot be trusted.
That is not a campaign strategy, that is projection. And EVERYBODY, and I mean EVERYBODY, needs to be calling them out over it.