Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is facing criticism for her double-standard position about the “mostly peaceful” protesters that have looted and destroyed parts of the city.
The city has placed an armed police force on the street in Lori Lightfoot’s neighborhood to ensure that none of the demonstrators that have been rioting throughout are able to reach her personal residence. According to the Chicago Tribune, Mayor Lightfoot said,
“I think that residents of this city, understanding the nature of the threats that we are receiving on a daily basis, understand I have a right to make sure that my home is secure.”
That’s probably a sentiment that the rest of Chicago holds as well, that they have a right to feel secure in their own homes and in the businesses that they own. However, Lightfoot’s almost lightweight response to the mob has led some to suggest that Lightfoot is not being very consistent.
In July, the police were physically assaulted by rioters armed with makeshift weaponry as the officers tried to protect a statue of Christopher Columbus. In the quiet hours of the morning, after spending a day defending the monument, Lightfoot made the decision to give the mob what they wanted and had the statue removed.
“I’m not going to make any excuses for the fact that, given the threats I have personally received, given the threats to my home and my family, I’m going to do everything I can to make sure they’re protected.”
Again, many of the other residents of Chicago are also facing threats to their safety. Many are watching, helplessly, as the rioters storm their businesses and take what they want. How many of the officers who are standing around keeping Mayor Lightfoot safe could be better served patrolling the city and helping to ensure that the increased criminal activity gets suppressed?
In May, after Trump threatened to send in the National Guard if Lightfoot couldn’t get control of her city, Trump posted the following Tweet,
“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
The mayor responded at a press conference with all the class that we have come to expect from Democrat mayor. She said she had a message to Donald Trump that began with an “F” and ended with a “U.”
Further Reading: Washington Examiner
Further Reading: Chicago Tribune