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Pfleger to Trump: Visit Chicago’s violence-torn neighborhoods, or ‘stay the hell home’

Peace priest, upon hearing president may attend police chiefs convention in town soon, calls for less talk and more leadership

Father Michael Pfleger says President Donald Trump should visit the neighborhoods so he’ll have a better sense of what he’s talking about when he rips Chicago for its violence.
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Dead on arrival?

Please Mr. Trump, look and see.

Is there a letter from me?

  • Translation: Sneed hears Father Michael Pfleger, the activist anti-gun priest, just sent a letter to President Donald Trump inviting him to the city’s violence-torn South Side and West Side when he hits Chicago at month’s end to raise big bucks reelection funds.

“He loves to criticize Chicago,” said Pfleger, citing the city’s ongoing struggle with gun violence and homicide. “But if he is only coming here to raise money, he should stay the hell home!”

Pfleger, who claims he’s sent Trump two previous unanswered letters, urged the president, “to sit down and talk to the folks about things firsthand in the neighborhoods when he comes here!”

“And I hear Trump also possibly may speak to the International Association of Chiefs of Police being held here Oct. 26-28, which he’ll probably use as a political podium to criticize the city once again,” Plfeger added.

“It’s one thing to talk about Chicago violence from the bubble of a tweet. But it takes leadership to change things.

“This isn’t about politics. It’s about tragedy and human life.”

Ka-ching!

Table trouble?

Sneed hears a bevy of top Trump donors expected to attend the president’s fundraiser at Trump Tower Oct. 28 are telling Cub co-owner Todd Ricketts, Trump’s $$$ guru, they will cough up the cash — but are NOT going downtown to attend the event.

Bow wow!

Leave it to Greg Cameron, the Joffrey Ballet’s president and CEO, to accidentally bump into Cook County Commissioner John Daley Wednesday night while Cameron was walking to the Joffrey’s terrific opening night performance of “Jane Eyre.“

“I reminded him if not for Mayor Daley and (wife) Maggie, the Joffrey would most certainly not be one year away from celebrating the 25th anniversary of calling Chicago home.”

Take a bow, Greg.

Sneedlings . . .

Congrats to Mellody Hobson and hubby George Lucas on being awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. . . . Congrats to newlyweds Erin Clifford and John Kalantzis. . . . Condolences to the family of Chicago transit executive George K. Krug Jr., who died after a nearly three-year battle with cancer. . . . I spy: Rapper 50 Cent dining at TAO recently. . . . Taron “Rocketman” Egerton at Gibsons on Rush. . . . Rick Scott, a U.S. senator from Florida, spotted at Kiki’s Bistro . . . Brit actress Tracey Ullman spotted near Illinois Medical District. . . . Amanda “Empire” Detmer at Blue Man Group last Sunday. . . . Chicago native/ NBA player Jabari Parker at Hugo’s Frog Bar. . . . Saturday’s birthdays: Jose Bautista, 39; Evander Holyfield, 57; and John Lithgow, 74. . . . Sunday’s birthdays: Snoop Dogg, 48; Candice Swanepoel, 31; and John Krasinski, 40.