Within hours of the transferral of power from Barack Obama to Donald Trump on Inauguration Day, the nation’s 45th president made it clear that his administration would be one of law and order, in line with his Republican predecessor Richard Nixon.
If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
TMZ caught up with Common to get his take on the president’s comments, but the Black America Again artist refused to center his attention on the controversial figure. Instead, he shifted his thoughts to the people.
“I feel to help Chicago, we gotta take care of our own. Within the community, we gotta do things,” the veteran emcee said. “There’s a lot of people out there already organizing and doing things. We need our state local people to do things. We don’t need that mentality so I’m not focused on the president right now. I’m focused on helping the people in the city and how we can do it.”