During a White House press briefing on Thursday, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany attacked the mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, for not requesting that federal officials help control gun violence in the Windy City, even going so far as to call Lightfoot “the derelict mayor of Chicago.”
But as SafeWise notes, Chicago isn’t even one of the “most dangerous cities” in the United States. Here’s the Top 10 according to them:
- Anchorage, Alaska
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Wichita, Kansas
- Lubbock, Texas
- Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Michigan
- Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington
- Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
- Corpus Christi, Texas
- Mobile, Alabama
President Donald Trump has also repeatedly taken cheap shots at Chicago, according to HuffPost:
“McEnany’s attack on the Democratic mayor is in step with President Donald Trump’s regular targeting of the Windy City. Trump called Chicago violence ‘worse than Afghanistan’ this week ― a comparison he has used before, WGN reported. Trump is ‘intent on portraying Democrats and 2020 rival Joe Biden as soft on crime and anti-police,’ the Sun-Times wrote.”
In response to McEnany’s comments, Mayor Lightfoot fired off this devastating tweet:
Hey, Karen. Watch your mouth. pic.twitter.com/zhjRyokKD5
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 16, 2020
For those who aren’t familiar with the term “Karen,” it’s a slang insult for a rude white woman trying to exploit her privilege.
Others also joined the mayor in slamming the press secretary:
Trump thinks sending in the National Guard to patrol the streets 24/7 would fix it.
He’s got no concept of all of the systemic issues involved and that it requires a long term plan. Long term plans are not his strong suit. Plans aren’t really his strong suit period.
— ?️? Silvara ?️????? (@Silvara75) July 16, 2020
Love the smackdown on the inflatable press secretary. The flurry of haters responding to you here is a sign that you’re on the right track. Be well, Mayor Lightfoot.
— John A. Kelly (@Guitarvocs) July 17, 2020
If Trump wants to crack-down on crime in Chicago, maybe he should send troops to take control of all those gun stores 20 miles away across the state line in Gary, Indiana.
Then figure out why there are 35 gun stores in that town of only 72,000 people.
— Steve F. (@backyardsage) July 16, 2020
Well said Mayor Lightfoot. Press Sec should be concerned about thousands dying daily from the virus and 50 million unemployed while trump tweets and golf. FOH @PressSec
— Connor (@Connor_Vander) July 17, 2020
It’s both ironic and disgusting that this White House pretends to give a damn about violence in Chicago but they’re perfectly willing to sit by and watch as thousands more die each week from COVID-19. The death toll from the virus now stands at 141,000, but the administration has yet to launch a comprehensive plan for battling the disease. Sounds like they need to stay in their lane and stop trying to pass the buck.
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