Trump retweets conspiracy theorist on Chicago weekend shootings

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Violence in Chicago made national headlines again over the weekend because of a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump. (WLS)

Violence in Chicago made national headlines again over the weekend after U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted a conspiracy theorist's tweet on the city's weekend shootings.

The tweet, from conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec, linked to an ABC7 and Sun-Times Media Wire story. Nine people were killed and 30 people were wounded in shootings across the city between Friday night and Monday morning, according to reporting by ABC7 and Sun-Times Media Wire.

"Meanwhile: 39 shootings in Chicago this weekend, 9 deaths. No national media outrage. Why is that?" Posobiec wrote in the tweet.



Trump's decision to retweet Posobiec has drawn criticism after it took two days for him to condemn hate groups by name following the violent white-nationalist rallies in Charlottesville.

Trump also retweeted a cartoon of a train running over a person with a CNN logo covering the person's head Tuesday morning. The retweet was later deleted, the New York Times is reporting.

That retweet is drawing outrage after the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer, who was struck by a car over the weekend in Charlottesville. Peaceful protesters were marching downtown, carrying signs that read "black lives matter" and "love" when a silver Dodge Challenger operated by Alex Fields Jr. barreled through people before crashing into another car.

A White House official said the tweet was posted by mistake and was deleted as soon as it was noticed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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