Douglas Andrews / July 6, 2021

Racist Mayor Plays the Race Card

Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot thinks the criticism about her city’s out-of-control violence is due to racism and sexism.

It’s been said that every citizenry gets the government they deserve. But only the coldest and cruelest of hearts could argue that the citizens of Chicago deserve the calamitous leadership of Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Take the events of this past weekend, for example, as reported by ABC 7 Eyewitness News:

From Friday at 6 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, at least 100 people have been shot, including two CPD officers and five children 13 and younger. There were at least 18 killed.

Clearly, Chicago’s children aren’t safe in the city. And neither are its cops. A Chicago police commander and a sergeant were among those shot and wounded over the weekend. Their offense? Trying to disperse a crowd on Chicago’s West Side. All in all, this past weekend was the deadliest of the year for Chicagoans.

Sadly, this sort of thing happens all the time in the Windy City. And yet Lori Lightfoot is still collecting a paycheck.

That the mayor hasn’t yet resigned in disgrace is testament to her unwillingness to accept responsibility for the day-in, day-out bloodbath taking place on her watch. What’s even more telling and more shameful, though, is how she dismisses the criticism she’s been getting for her disastrous leadership.

When a local PBS affiliate asked her how much of the criticism she’s received about the city’s crime surge has been the result of racism and sexism, she was quick to reply: “About 99%. … Women and people of color are always held to a different standard. I understand that, I’ve known that my whole life.”

That’s rubbish, of course. Lightfoot’s predecessor, Rahm Emanuel, got plenty of grief for failing to address the city’s violence, and the current mayor doesn’t deserve deferential treatment just because she’s a black lesbian. Nor because she’s a racist who recently decided that she’d only grant interviews to journalists of color. Nor because she’s a liar when it comes to discussing the city’s rising crime rates. No, she deserves to be treated just like every other woefully incompetent elected official.

“For instance,” as The Daily Wire reports, “Lightfoot claimed that ‘shootings year over year are down.’ In fact, shootings have surged 12% compared to the same time last year — and a whopping 59% compared to this time in 2019.” The city’s sexual assaults and murders are also up considerably, but who’s counting? Perhaps these crime statistics are racist and sexist as well.

Earlier, we said that Chicagoans can’t possibly deserve Lori Lightfoot. But then we got to thinking: Chicago has been run by Democrat mayors for the past 90 years. Maybe, sadly, de Maistre was right after all.


(Updated to include a link to the latest news on the weekend’s violence.)

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