Chicago/Suburbs

TULSI GABBARD DEMANDS LIGHTFOOT RESIGN FOR RACIST COMMENTS

Consolidated Press News File

May 21, 2021

Former Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard called for the immediate resignation of bigot Mayor Lightfoot for overt racist comments made Wednesday.  Gabbard, a former Democratic presidential nominee, also encouraged President Joe Biden and other politicians to join her in a tweet.

Gabbard said, “Mayor Lightfoot’s blatant anti-white racism is abhorrent . . . I urge President Biden, Kamala Harris, and other county leaders of all races to join me in calling for Mayor Lightfoot’s resignation . . . All forms of bigotry, like anti-white racism, must be condemned by our leaders.”

Lightfoot, Chicago’s first Democrat Black lesbian mayor, has faced backlash since saying she will only give individual interviews to journalists of color in honor of her second year as mayor.  Obviously, she missed the day in class when most students heard, learned, and were inspired by Dr. King’s I Have a Dream Speech.

In a two-page letter on Wednesday, Lightfoot also chastised the city’s media outlets for their “overwhelming whiteness and maleness.”

Lightfoot’s bigoted comments continued: “In looking at the absence of diversity across the City Hall press corps and other newsrooms, sadly it does not appear that many of the media institutions in Chicago have caught on and truly have not embraced this moment,” she wrote. “I have been struck since my first day on the campaign trail back in 2018 by the overwhelming whiteness and maleness of Chicago media outlets, editorial boards, the political press corps, and yes, the City Hall press corps specifically . . . this is why, on the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as mayor of this great city, I’m being deliberate about prioritizing media inquiries from POC reporters.”

Sources on the 5th Floor hinted that the comments were made to distract from the growing crime problems plaguing Chicago and the recent vote of “no confidence” by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police that represents rank and file police officers. 

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