US rapper Rhymefest invites Donald Trump to Chicago
US rapper and activist Che “Rhymefest” Smith has invited Donald Trump to Chicago to counter the Republican nominee’s bleak picture of the city.
“I will walk you down a block, Mr Trump, and I guarantee you won’t get shot,” he said on CNN.
The rapper made headlines after he said he was mistreated by police officers while reporting an armed robbery.
The invitation comes after Mr Trump said he had the solution to combat Chicago’s soaring murder rate.
He did not specify how he would solve the problem but he promised to improve African American lives across the US.
“Look, it is a disaster the way African Americans are living… We’ll get rid of the crime. You’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot. Right now, you walk down the street, you get shot.”
Then he sparked controversy on Saturday after he apparently used the murder of NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin to court African-American voters.
The professional basketball star’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was fatally shot while pushing her baby in a pram on the South Side.
The 32-year-old woman was not the intended target, police said.
Mr Trump weighed in on the high-profile murder, tweeting: “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”
Critics lashed out against the New York billionaire for trying to leverage the murder as a reason African-Americans should vote for him and for spelling the Chicago Bull’s name wrong in his initial tweet. He later corrected it.