Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blasted a GOP super PAC for allegedly darkening her skin in an attack ad against Illinois Democrat Governor J.B. Pritzker, calling it a “cheap trick” to get voters to vote Republican.
(Video Credit: People Who Play By The Rules PAC)
The focus of the ad appears to be violent crime. It displays in big, white lettering that “Chicago violence is coming to the suburbs” and it shows gunfights taking place on the city’s streets while touting Republican Darren Bailey as the solution to the city’s current crime wave. Lightfoot’s comments were used to highlight the message in the video.
The 30-second ad opens with Lightfoot telling attendees at an April address at the City Club of Chicago, “This will be the summer of joy” in The Windy City. Then it cuts to a number of scenes that show shadowy figures roaming the city’s crime-ridden streets with weapons while you hear the sound of gunshots and screams over the roar of the gunfire.
The tint of Lightfoot’s skin does appear darker in the ad which indicates either crappy editing or was merely color adjustment due to lighting in the video. It doesn’t appear to be a racially motivated slam, but rather one targeted against progressives.
The city’s murder rate has jumped to a 25-year high and Democrats are scrambling for cover. That would include Lightfoot crying racism over the video.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot rips right-wing ad in support of Darren Bailey that she said darkens her skin and paints a misleading picture of Chicago crime — calls it “the height of racism and cynicism.” pic.twitter.com/7nHzT90w6B
— Gregory Pratt (@royalpratt) August 23, 2022
She called the commercial racist and stated that it was meant to scare citizens into voting red.
“It shows black men – I don’t know where from, I don’t know if they are even from Chicago – who are violent and looting. It’s the ultimate dog whistle being propagated in support of Darren Bailey,” she said.
“I don’t think there’s any dispute that I’m African American,” Lightfoot remarked. “Newsflash. I’m black and I’m proud.”
“Everyone knows it,” the mayor told NBC News. “No need to use cheap tricks to darken my skin and try to scare voters with false narratives about Chicago.”
“I’m black and I’m very proud of that – so why do you need to blacken what I look like to send this ad out to suburban communities?” she disingenuously asked.
“To make the scary black woman even blacker, to show scary black men on TV and to say to the suburbs, i.e., the white people, ‘You don’t want this coming to your town, so vote for Darren Bailey,'” she said during the NBC News interview. “That is the height of racism and cynicism and we don’t need it anywhere – certainly not in our politics.”
It’s not the media’s fault people don’t believe @chicagosmayor narrative of lies. They see with their own eyes the madness on our streets. They live in a city that puts criminals on pedestals, demonizes law enforcement, and ignores the thousands of victims in every community. https://t.co/FJDjrK9lCf
— Ald. Raymond Lopez (@RLopez15thWard) August 23, 2022
The group that ran the ad, the People Who Play By the Rules super PAC, is headed by conservative radio host Dan Proft and is funded by billionaire GOP financier Richard Uihlein, who is Illinois’ largest GOP donor.
“We did nothing to her pigmentation just as we did nothing to pigmentation of our pasty blowhard of a governor,” Proft wrote in a statement Tuesday.
“That is insane – and par for the course from inveterate race hustlers like Lightfoot and Pritzker,” he accused. “Trying to misdirect attention away from the fact that she has turned the city over to repeat, violent predators and he aims to do the same statewide with his elimination of cash bail. Their contention is completely untrue and patently absurd.”
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