With Democratic strongholds like Chicago having witnessed a massive surge in crime and violence over the last year, not only have the Democrats seen their approval numbers drop, but apparently, they don’t even want to discuss the issue. That is exactly what happened when Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was asked about the influx in criminal activity.
Taking questions from the press, Lightfoot, as can be seen in the video below, appeared to completely shut down when William Kelly confronted her with the truth. And to make it worse, Kelly, who is known for getting under Lightfoot’s skin, didn’t offer his opinion on the Mayor but people who call Chicago home. He asked, “I’ve been asked by real Chicagoans to ask you, are you lying or are you incompetent?”
After claiming the statement was nothing more than a lie and Kelly supposedly being hit with the microphone, he rephrased his question to, “Mayor Lightfoot, every time I asked you about crime in Chicago, you say crime is down. Real Chicagoans know that that’s not true. The crime is up. Violence, sexual assault. It’s on the news every day. Violent carjackings every day. Hit and Run. 100 Day hit and run of Chicagoans. The obvious question that I’ve been asked by real Chicagoans to ask you is – are you lying, or are you incompetent?
Again, Lightfoot refused to acknowledge that many residents weren’t happy with her leadership, but she did answer that the information being presented was wrong. “Okay, because you want to give a speech and pontificate. But you don’t actually want to listen to the facts. And the facts are, while nobody’s taking a victory lap, while we have a lot more work to do – the fact of the matter is carjackings are down, shootings are down, and homicides are down.”
Surprisingly, Kelly was given another chance to ask a question, leading him to state, “The reason why workers do not want to return to the downtown offices. The reason why tourism is obviously flatlined is because people are afraid of violent crime, especially in downtown Chicago, River North, Streeterville, Millennium Park, Grant Park. We have every single day, violent carjackings, guns to the head…”
As many times before, Kelly was interrupted as Lightfoot went on another rant, ultimately blaming COVID-19. “Well, first of all, let me just say this, we are actually seeing an increase in the number of people that are coming back downtown. And it’s certainly an increase over last year and month over month. And part of the reason that we’ve heard from employers is that they still haven’t brought back all their employees because of first, Delta, which we were experiencing in the fall. And then Omicron, which we’re experiencing at the end of the year and the beginning of this year. Our expectations based upon our regular conversations with employers and building owners is that we’re going to start to see more and more people come back downtown. So once again, it’s really important that you get your facts right.”