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An alderman in the city of Chicago who describes himself as a “middle-of-the-road Democrat” and who disagrees with President Trump on many issues called out Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot for grandstanding and playing politics on the issue of law and order while the city is engulfed in chaos.
Last month, Alderman Raymond Lopez made national news when he dropped an F-bomb on the mayor during a heated conference call over the mayor’s stubborn failure to take action, or allow the police to take action, against the rioting and looting and protect Chicago’s communities from violence.
An alderman is an elected official in an equivalent position to a member of the city council in other jurisdictions.
On Wednesday night, Lopez discussed the ongoing disastrous violence in Chicago on FNC’s The Story with Martha MacCallum and the pandering mayor’s feud with Trump which is failing the mayor’s constituents.
“It’s unfortunate because the mayor has going back-and-forth with the president, who to be perfectly honest, I don’t agree on many of his policies. But protecting our citizens should not be a partisan issue,” he told MacCallum.
“As a Democrat, seeing my residents, seeing my families, gunned down, is not a partisan issue. And for her to go weeks on end tweeting back and forth and making all kinds of comments, then finally admitting yesterday that she is open to having the FBI, DEA, and ATF come in. Those comments that she made remind me how many lives were lost because of the politics of grandstanding in the city of Chicago.”
I think we set a new record in the “Tweets that don’t age well” category.
Seriously though, about goddam time Lightfoot opened the city’s doors to increased FBI, DEA & ATF help – like I called for days ago!
— Ald. Raymond Lopez (@RLopez15thWard) July 22, 2020
In recalling the F-bomb incident, MacCallum asked Lopez why the mayor is so hostile to making the streets of Chicago safe or admitting that the situation is out of control, given that Lopez was correct in his dire predictions of ongoing civil unrest.
“Well, I think part of the problem that the mayor has with me that I run contradictory to the narrative that she is in charge and command of the COVID situation, the violence. When it is clearly obvious not only to the residents of Chicago, not only myself, and I’m sure the former superintendent, and the entire nation, that the city is in chaos and turmoil. And when I can tell the mayor, I have addressed these issues in my ward. My ward is like a microcosm the city of Chicago.
“We have poverty, we have working-class people, we have gangs, we have violence. We were able to make significant gains in reducing those crimes stats year after prior to this administration. You know, that message hurts her image. It hurts her personally, because it is her micromanaging style. And unfortunately, that level of pettiness is causing disaster in the city of Chicago right now.”
(Source: Fox News)
Against the backdrop of Lopez’s home and office being vandalized, Lopez insisted that not all Democrats share Lightfoot’s nihilism.
“Obviously we’re a city of Democrats, but we’re a city of different kinds of Democrats. And I’m more of a middle-of-the-road kind of Democrat who believes that we can have social justice. We can have good relations with police, and we can have good safety, all in the same city. It is possible. We have done it in my ward. Unfortunately, too many politicians in my city and across this nation find it easier to pander to the lowest common denominator in our societies as opposed to challenging people to believe and aspire for something greater.”
When you Mayor, refuse to call out the terror attacks on our communities, especially on their electeds, criminals only feel more emboldened to continue their reign. Glass can be replaced, peace of mind and security cannot. Your silence is destroying this city! pic.twitter.com/n0lBBgnb9o
— Ald. Raymond Lopez (@RLopez15thWard) July 20, 2020
“I, for one, know that can happen in our city again. We have to start enforcing laws, targeting individuals who will not change, helping those people who want to change, and knowing that we can do better moving forward,” he concluded in the MacCallum interview.”
“Lopez said he believes the vandalism and arson was in retaliation for his attempt that week to go after landlords who rent to known gang members.” ABC News reported.
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