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It appears that Chicago, which continues to suffer from relentless violence and high unemployment amid the coronavirus pandemic, now has a clown as mayor.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot drew criticism and derision when she appeared at a press conference this Thursday dressed up as a so-called “Rona Destroyer.”
She wasn’t alone. She was joined by Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady, who was also dressed in a clownish outfit.
Watch their entrance below:
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot enters news conference dressed up as “Corona Destroyer” to announce the city’s Halloween guidelines. pic.twitter.com/M67dXIvLcu
— The Recount (@therecount) October 1, 2020
They also gave out candy:
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot entered her press briefing today dressed as the “Rona Destroyer.”
Literally the cringiest thing I’ve ever seen. pic.twitter.com/XcdzC8CWt2
— Kelb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 1, 2020
Thankfully, the clownish “Rona Destroyer” duo at least had some good news to share with locals. They announced that, unlike their peers over in California, they don’t intend to recommend against trick-or-treating amid the coronavirus, let alone ban it.
“Mayor Lightfoot announced that Halloween festivities will be allowed this year, with some restrictions. Trick-or-treaters will be asked to stay in groups of six or fewer, avoid sticking their hands into any candy bowls, and of course, wear masks,” local station KHON reported.
“Households that choose to hand out candy are being asked to either leave a light on or hang a sign to let others know that they are participating in the holiday. Residents are also asked to maintain social distancing guidelines and provide hand sanitizer to trick-or-treaters.”
That’s not bad comparatively speaking. Several far-left-dominated cities across the nation have outright banned trick-or-treating.
Despite the relatively good news, the presser still drew backlash from critics on social media who felt that her priorities ought to be elsewhere given the rampant suffering in her city.
Stunts like this proves you aren’t up to the leadership level we need. You’ve destroyed small biz, chased high-income residents from the city, disparaged our police – and now …
Dressed like the Hamburglar while making a mockery of the authoritarian rules you put in place. FU
— +++ (@magnificentanon) October 1, 2020
She spends way too much time trying to be a insta influencer
— WCTA Chicago underground sound (@WCTA_Chicago) October 1, 2020
Where do residents pick up their bullet proof vests?
— Michael (@CdAMichael) October 1, 2020
We are on pace for 1,000 murders this year
— generic sports writer (@teenage_caillou) October 1, 2020
Whats your plan on keeping kids safe during Trick or Treat? Police officers are being pulled away from our communities to go protect Downtown. What is your plan on making sure kids stay safe during Halloween?
— Printer _Papi (@Printer_Papi) October 1, 2020
You look like you’re ready to fight some crime. Which is good because you definitely have no shortage of that in your city.
— BrotherLongshadow (@BrotherLongsha1) October 2, 2020
May I suggest this costume for your next press conference? 🤡 pic.twitter.com/2tb9uD1XTS
— Jeff Sakamoto (@jeffsakamoto) October 1, 2020
According to an Associated Press report published this week, the Chicago black community in particular has been suffering from “a constant state of turmoil” because of “jobs disappearing,” poverty increasing, “police racing from one scene to the next” and people dying from the coronavirus or homicide.
It’s a culmination of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic itself, Chicago’s coronavirus lockdown measures (which Lightfoot hypocritically and unrepentantly violated), Chicago’s endless crime, the Black Lives Matter riots, etc.
“Auburn Gresham was hit early by the pandemic. COVID-19 infections rose quickly. Stores closed during a citywide lockdown. Then the agonizingly public death of George Floyd spurred protests that turned ugly. Businesses were set ablaze. As summer arrived, shootings surged in the 6th police district. Over three months, there were a shocking 175 victims. The youngest, 10 and 11, were wounded in a drive-by attack,” the report reads.
“Auburn Gresham has faced hard times before. Guns are easy to find. Fresh produce isn’t. Poverty hovers around 20%. But there’s never been anything like this: A once-in-a-century epidemic in a community without a hospital.”
While it’s not clear what efforts Lightfoot has made to help her constituents, what’s known is that she has a widely panned penchant for pulling attention-grabbing stunts like the one at Thursday’s presser.
For instance, in July she deployed a “Census Cowboy” to motivate communities to fill out their 2020 Census forms:
Two months later, her “Census Cowboy” was arrested for felony animal cruelty after he whipped and kicked an exhausted, injured horse while forcing it to carry him for seven miles during a “social justice” ride on a paved highway.
When President Donald Trump offered to send the National Guard to Chicago amid the BLM riots earlier in the summer, she chose to grandstand by proclaiming that she won’t allow the president’s “troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents.”
Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 21, 2020
She posted the tweet above at 7:02 pm EST. About 30 minutes before she posted the tweet, a shooter opened fire, injuring 15 people, at a funeral in South Side Chicago.
Watch (*Graphic content):
@WGNNews WAS THE ONLY STATION GRANTED PERMISSION TO USE THIS VIDEO FROM IT’S OWNER.
This is from Tuesday’s shooting outside a funeral @ 79th & Carpenter.
Several young children were standing around w/ adults, when gunfire erupts. This group runs and takes cover by a nearby car. pic.twitter.com/J271mL3uNI
— Courtney Gousman (@cgousman) July 22, 2020
It seems like no matter what the issue, Lightfoot prefers flashy, attention-grabbing drama to intelligent, well-thought-out governance.
Like her critics note, perhaps it’s time she changes her priorities …
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