'It's an absolute and total disaster': Trump blames 'war zone' Chicago weekend which saw 12 killed and 59 injured on Rahm Emanuel's 'lack of leadership' as calls mount for him to step down (even inside his own party)


President Trump has blamed the 'war zone' Chicago weekend that saw 12 people shot dead and 59 injured on Rahm Emanuel's lack of leadership as calls mounted on the embattled mayor to step down.
Illinois governor Bruce Rauner branded Emanuel 'corrupt' and 'part of the problem in Chicago' during an interview with a downstate radio station on Thursday. 'He's got to go,' the Republican said.
Emanuel also faced calls to resign from Chance the Rapper and prominent Chicago pastor Reverend Gregory Livingstone, while continuing to be the target of barbs from fellow Democrat and mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy.
President Trump added his voice to criticism of Emanuel at a Thursday meeting on prison reform, during which he blamed 'bad leadership' for the violence.
'We must strengthen community bonds with law enforcement, including cities like Chicago that have been an absolute and total disaster,' he said.
'That's bad stuff happening. And probably, I guess, you have to take it from the leadership, it's called bad leadership.'
His comments followed a verbal barrage directed at Emanuel from Governor Rauner.
'He's corrupt. He's part of the problem in Chicago,' he said in the radio interview. 'Failure on jobs. Failure on taxes. He's got to go.'
A mayoral spokesman told ABC the broadside was 'high praise from the man named the worst governor in America' and claimed Trump was 'bothered' by the Robert Mueller investigation.
Chicago's gun violence has also drawn the attention of Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who blamed the problem on Chicago's long-time 'Democratic rule' in a series of tweets on Sunday and Monday.
'63 murders this weekend in Rahm Emmanuel's Chicago,' he tweeted, incorrectly. 'His legacy more murders in his city than ever before. It's only because of Democrat brain washing that he has even a chance of remaining.'
The ex-New York City Mayor also voiced support for McCarthy, referring to him as 'Jerry' and lauding him as a 'policing genius'.
McCarthy distanced himself from Giuliani's praise on Monday, saying in a statement on Monday he was 'proud Democrat' who did not agree with Giuliani's 'political views' or Trump's 'divisive rhetoric'.
But speaking to Fox News on Tuesday, he toned down his criticism of Trump and focused on his rival for mayor instead.
'Rahm Emanuel is a polarizing figure, and we need to bring this city together,' he said.