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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls White House Press Secretary ‘Karen’ following insult at briefing

July 17, 2020
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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called Kayleigh McEnanyKaren” in response to an insult the Press Secretary made against her in a White House briefing.” data-reactid=”17″>Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called Kayleigh McEnanyKaren” in response to an insult the Press Secretary made against her in a White House briefing.

At a press briefing on Thursday Ms McEnany branded Mayor Lightfoot “the derelict mayor of Chicago” when answering a question on police brutality.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“Hey, Karen. Watch your mouth,” Mayor Lightfoot tweeted in response. ” data-reactid=”19″>“Hey, Karen. Watch your mouth,” Mayor Lightfoot tweeted in response.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“Karen” is a slang word that has come to represent an entitled white woman, who exploits their own privilege.” data-reactid=”20″>“Karen” is a slang word that has come to represent an entitled white woman, who exploits their own privilege.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="A source close to Mayor Lightfoot confirmed to The Chicago Sun-Times that she used “Karen” in that context.” data-reactid=”21″>A source close to Mayor Lightfoot confirmed to The Chicago Sun-Times that she used “Karen” in that context.

The press secretary made the initial insult in response to a question surrounding the disproportionate number of deaths of black people at the hands of police in the US.

While answering the question, Ms McEnany shifted the focus of her answer to cite homicide as a serious cause of black mortality across the country.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“But one point [the president] wants to strongly make is this: that black men and women who die of homicide, they’re likely to die of homicide at eight times greater than that of white individuals and Hispanics combined,” she said.” data-reactid=”24″>“But one point [the president] wants to strongly make is this: that black men and women who die of homicide, they’re likely to die of homicide at eight times greater than that of white individuals and Hispanics combined,” she said.

She then went on to criticise Mayor Lightwood for not requesting assistance from the federal government to control gun violence in the city.

“The derelict mayor of Chicago should step up and ask for federal help because she’s doing a very poor job at securing her streets,” she added.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Chicago recorded 385 murders this year through to 12 July, police department statistics show, an increase of over 100 deaths compared with statistics from the same period in 2019.” data-reactid=”28″>Chicago recorded 385 murders this year through to 12 July, police department statistics show, an increase of over 100 deaths compared with statistics from the same period in 2019.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Chicago mayor has criticised the president on a number of issues in the last year including the coronavirus and police brutality.” data-reactid=”29″>The Chicago mayor has criticised the president on a number of issues in the last year including the coronavirus and police brutality.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In May, Mayor Lightwood hit out at the president for his controversial tweets and statements surrounding the nationwide protests of the death of George Floyd.” data-reactid=”30″>In May, Mayor Lightwood hit out at the president for his controversial tweets and statements surrounding the nationwide protests of the death of George Floyd.

“I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump… It’s two words. It begins with ‘f,’ and it ends with ‘you,’” Mayor Lightfoot said.

In March, she hit out at Mr Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to rage throughout the country four months on.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="“Dear Lord — please step up and be a leader. While you have been yammering about hoaxes and fake news, the Covid-19 pandemic has hit all over America,” she said.” data-reactid=”33″>“Dear Lord — please step up and be a leader. While you have been yammering about hoaxes and fake news, the Covid-19 pandemic has hit all over America,” she said.

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