Dem Rep Slams GOP Senator’s ‘Elitist White Boy Solution’ To Gang Violence

AP

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) had some choice words Wednesday for a proposal by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) aimed at curbing gang violence in Chicago, decrying the Republican’s “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution” to the problem.

Kirk has been meeting with law enforcement personnel on a proposal for mass arrests of 18,000 members of the Gangster Disciples, one of Chicago’s largest gangs. But Rush told the Chicago Sun-Times that Kirk’s idea amounts to nothing more than an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.”

The longtime congressman also called the proposal “headline grabbing” and insisted it will not work.  

“I am really very upset with Mark,” Rush told the Sun-Times.

 

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