(JustPatriots.com)- Lori Lightfoot, the Democratic mayor of Chicago, has certainly taken a lot of flack for her outlandish and slanted views during the pandemic.
Last week, another prominent politician went off on her. But this time, it was from a member of her own party.
Tulsi Gabbard, the former representative from Hawaii, went off on Lightfoot for what she referred to as “anti-white racism.” Gabbard didn’t stop at just criticizing the mayor, though. She called for other prominent members of the Democratic Party in asking for Lightfoot to resign.
“Mayor Lightfoot’s blatant anti-white racism is abhorrent. I call upon President Biden, Kamala Harris and other leaders of our country — of all races — to join me in calling for Mayor Lightfoot’s resignation. Our leaders must condemn all racism, including anti-white.”
The recent backlash against Lightfoot comes after the mayor said she would be “prioritizing media requests from POC reporters” as she is about to celebrate “the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as mayor of this great city.”
POC stands for people of color. In other words, she would basically ignore media requests from white reporters unless there were no requests from reporters of color, apparently.
In a tweet, she said:
“This is an imbalance that needs to change. Chicago is a world-class city. Our local media should reflect the multiple cultures that comprise it. We must be intentional about doing better. I believed that when running for office. I stand on this belief now. It’s time for the newsrooms to do better and build teams that reflect the make-up of our city.”
The Washington Post even reported that Lightfoot sent letters to local media members saying she’d only take one-on-one interviews with reporters of color in commemoration of her inauguration anniversary. The Post reported she wrote:
“As a person of color, I have throughout my adult life done everything I can to fight for diversity and inclusion in every institution that I have been part of and being Mayor makes me uniquely situated to shine a spotlight on this most important issue.”
The Post reached out to Lightfoot’s office to see if they could get a comment on what prompted her sending the letter. They also wanted to know how long the “policy” would remain in effect and how broadly it would apply.
Lightfoot’s office didn’t respond directly to the questions, though, deciding instead to only send the Post a copy of the letter they sent out to reporters.
Manny Ramos, a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, commented to The Post:
“I just don’t understand why now. I’m wanting to understand, why did it take two years for this? Did my questions not matter until now?”
Another reporter of color, Tahman Bradley, who works for the nightly news broadcast on WGN Chicago, said:
“I regret that the mayor has sort of divided us here, with some people getting access and others not.”
He even said he struggled to decide whether to accept the mayor’s offer of an interview. He said he was “keenly aware” that the mayor was trying to control the narrative for her second anniversary.