Donald Trump is getting told to get screwed right and left these days. He’s not winning any popularity contests, that much is certain, after he tweeted his racist response to the Minneapolis George Floyd demonstrations, “when the looting starts the shooting starts.” This is one line that is backfiring, bigly. Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago, minced no words. Chicago Tribune:
“He wants to show failures on the part of Democratic local leaders, to throw red meat to his base,” Lightfoot said in opening remarks at an afternoon news conference. “His goal is to polarize, to destabilize local government and inflame racist urges. We can absolutely not let him prevail. And I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It’s two words. It begins with F and it ends with U.”
Asked later whether she should have used that language toward Trump, in light of former first lady Michelle Obama’s “when they go low, we go high” mantra, Lightfoot didn’t back down.
“I don’t take the bait every time, but this time, when we are suffering pain and trauma at the killing of a black man in the street, to try to, for political gain, and blow the dog whistle to his base, I’m a black woman, and a leader, and I feel an obligation to speak out when something as offensive as that is said by anyone, but particularly the president,” she said. “And I make no apologies whatsoever for my word choice, and the way in which I’m calling him out for what he said.”
At the time of this writing, Trump is hiding away and hasn’t responded. But Lightfoot will undoubtedly go right onto the “nasty” or “crazy” list along with a notable group of other female politicians. The list is growing.