As the protests and riots against George Floyd’s cruel murder spread like wildfire, out of Minneapolis and across the entire nation, one local mayor has a powerful message for Donald Trump.
As I’m sure you’re well aware by now, Trump has been about as much help regarding Floyd’s murder as a 2-year-old in a chemical plant would be — he’s done nothing but make things so much worse.
Trump took far too long to even open his mouth regarding the killing, and when he did it was little more than watered-down obligatory condolences.
Since then, he’s only gone the extra mile to prove to this nation that he’s the racist piece of human garbage we’ve always known him to be when overnight he quite literally threatened to have the “thug” protesters and rioters shot.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is here to let Donald Trump know just what she thinks about his threats.
The city of Chicago is currently gearing up to join in protest against Floyd’s murder, and Lightfoot has one hell of a message for the president who threatened deadly violence against demonstrators: “It starts with F and ends with U.”
“I feel angry, I feel sickened and a range of other emotions all at once,” Lightfoot said. “Being Black in America should not be a death sentence. We should not fear for the lives of our young ones, and mothers shouldn’t fear when their young men and women go out into the world that they’re gonna get that fateful call.”
The mayor went on to call Trump’s response to the protests a “profoundly dangerous” effort to fuel the flames of racial tension and throw “red meat” to his rabid base at the expense of African-American lives.
“We see the game he’s playing because it’s so transparent and he’s not very good at it,” she stated. “He wants to show failures on the part of Democratic local leaders… his goal is to polarize, to destabilize local government, and to enflame racist urges. And we can absolutely not let him prevail. And I will code what I want to say [to Trump] and it starts with F and ends with U.”
Lightfoot demanded that Trump apologize for the threats and when asked if she was concerned over the president retaliating by withholding aid from her city, the mayor made it clear that she has bigger fish to fry right now.
“What I’m concerned about is a president of the United States using his bully pulpit to foment violence, that’s what I’m concerned about. There’s no other way that you can read that tweet than fomenting, encouraging violence against residents in a city or in cities across the country who are expressing themselves and exercising their First Amendment rights,” she said.
“Nobody is going to sit and condone looting and violence. But to blanketly say, as the president of the United States, that you are encouraging people to be shot in the street, that’s what I’m concerned about. And frankly, everyone should be concerned about that. That’s not leadership. That’s cowardice. That’s playing to your base with the biggest dog whistle possible.”
At one point, someone referenced former FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s famous saying, “When they go low, we go high,” but Lightfoot was quick to respond, “Well, I’m not Michelle Obama.”
“I don’t take the bait every time, but this time, when we are suffering pain and trauma at the killing of a Black man in the street, the fact that he would use this opportunity to try to, for political gain and to blow the dog whistle to his base, I’m a Black woman and I’m a leader. And I feel an obligation to speak out when something as offensive as that is said by anyone, but particularly the president,” Lightfoot said. “And I make no apologies whatsoever for my word choice and the way in which I’m calling him out for what he said. It was wrong. It was offensive. And he should retract it and apologize.”
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— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) May 29, 2020
I’d watch my P’s and Q’s if I were you, Donnie. She’s not scared of you.
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