Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel borrows page from Obama, throws top cop under bus

Former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has taken a page right out of President Obama’s handbook of throwing others under the bus to protect yourself.

Facing a growing backlash from people demanding his resignation over the shooting death of Laquan McDonald by a police officer the Chicago mayor formally requested the resignation of Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, essentially firing him, according to USA Today.

“Superintendent McCarthy knows that a police officer is only as effective as when he has the trust of those he serves,” Emanuel said Tuesday at a news conference at city hall.

“I have a lot of support and confidence in the work that he has done,” he added. “But our goal is to build the trust and confidence with public. And this point and this juncture for the city, given what we’re working on, he has become an issue rather than someone dealing with the issue.

The mayor said recently that he would stand by McCarthy but anger, and protests, have grown after it took the Emanuel administration a year to release dashcam video of the shooting, which it only did after a court order, USA Today reported

“I have never quit on anything in my life,” McCarthy told reporters Friday. “The mayor has made it very clear that he has my back. If people peel away the onion on what’s happening right now in the policing world, you’re going to find a police department that is doing an exceptional job, and quite frankly I’m not going to quit on the people of Chicago and I’ll never quit on these men and women.”

Unfortunately for McCarthy he underestimated what working for an Obama crony means.

It means when it’s time for someone to take responsibility it will be anyone but him.

The announcement of McCarthy’s firing had many on social media wondering when Emanuel would get his comeuppance.

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Carmine Sabia

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