By: Ophelia Garrett
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was quoted this week saying: “the toxicity in our public discourse is a thing that we should all be concerned about,” and stated how she would like to see the community come together and “focus on what brings us together and not what tears us apart.”
A far cry from her behavior just last week.
While giving a speech during an event last week, an audience member was heard yelling an expletive against Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas.
Mayor Lightfoot responded, "Thank you. F--- Clarence Thomas. He thinks that we are going to stand idly by while they take our rights.” Her comments came as a reaction to Justice Thomas’ conservative views on life and traditional marriage.
The mayor has no regret for her comments after the event, stating on Twitter, “I said what I said.” She can also be seen seemingly pointing to a man wearing a shirt that reads, “[Expletive] Clarence Thomas.”
Yet, Lightfoot now stresses the importance of "community" and urged residents to "respect" each other and "focus on what brings us together and not what tears us apart."
According to police, Chicago saw a particularly horrific July 4th weekend with 68 people shot, 8 fatally.
"That's the thing I think that concerns me the most about what we're seeing, really over the arc of these last two years -- I get it. People are angry. They are frustrated. And they're fearful," Lightfoot said. "But we can't let those things mean that we lose sight of each other's humanity. We've got to find a common sense and a purpose."
“...the Supreme Court is coming for us next. This moment has to be a call to arms. We will not surrender our rights without a fight—a fight to victory!”- Lori Lightfoot, via Twitter.