Ivanka Trump Tweets Wrong Information on Chicago's Violent Weekend

"That's not what happened," Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said

Ivanka Trump tweeted inaccurate information about Chicago's violent weekend on Tuesday while trying to draw a comparison between the city and two mass shootings, sparking outrage from the city's mayor.

"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," her tweet read just after 11 a.m. Tuesday. 

But the numbers in the tweet are vastly different from those reported by Chicago police. 

"That's not what happened," Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said.

According to authorities, seven people were wounded and no one was killed in a shooting that began when a gunman in a vehicle opened fire on a group of people near a playground in the city's Douglas Park neighborhood early Sunday. 

"It wasn't seven dead; it wasn't 52 wounded in one incident, which is what this suggests, and it's misleading," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. "It's important when we're talking about people's lives to actually get the facts correct, which one could easily do if you actually cared about getting it right."

The numbers also don't match the violence seen across the entire weekend in Chicago, which saw a total of seven people killed and another 48 wounded from Friday evening to early Monday morning, according to police records.

"That's the danger of trying to govern via tweet," Lightfoot said. "If they want to help they should actually call us and ask for specifics, which we'd be happy to share."

Lightfoot said she reached out to Trump regarding the tweet but has not heard back. Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump and a senior adviser to the president, has not addressed the inaccuracies on her social media post. 

Still, it was a particularly violent weekend in the city, with a series of multi-victim shootings, culminating early Sunday morning when 25 people were shot in one four-hour span

"As a city, we have to stand up and do a hell of a lot more than we've done in a very long time," Lightfoot said Monday. 

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