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The Talker: Chicago`s violence gets mention from Rumsfeld, Colbert

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago is gaining more national attention on a negative image.

Seemingly out of nowhere, former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld brought up Chicago during a conversation about Iraq while speaking at the Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

"Today the people have schools, they have a free press, they have a stock market. Is it tidy and neat? No. Are people killed? Yes. Are people killed in Chicago? Yes," he said. "It is a tough part of the world. They've got deep sectarian differences."

Perhaps even more devastating, comedian Stephen Colbert brought up Chicago on his mock news show while talking about Syria.

"The United States has no choice but to attack Syria because Dictator Bashar al-Assad is killing his own people with chemical weapons," Colbert said. "Before he was just killing them with bullets. But, if America cared about shooting people, we'd be invading Chicago."

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