Chicago’s Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot is known both as a fierce opponent of President Donald Trump and as a fierce advocate for strict government regulations to curb the spread of the coronavirus. But as the Washington Free Beacon’s Graham Piro noted in a Tuesday report, it seems Lightfoot is a lot better at imposing rules than she is at following them.
During a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC, the Democrat mayor urged constituents “to stay home, to not be in large crowds, [and] to wear face coverings” as part of a collective effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. But as Piro reported, Lightfoot ignored those guidelines herself earlier this month, when she was caught on tape speaking to a massive crowd that had gathered in the streets to celebrate the mainstream media’s declaration of Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential race.
“Rise above the me”
“We are urging people to stay home, to not be in large crowds, to wear face coverings, and really take responsibility for their own lives, for the lives of their family members and for the lives of other people in the city,” Lightfoot told the hosts of Morning Joe on Tuesday, according to Piro.
The mayor’s message comes just over a week before families around the country would traditionally gather for Thanksgiving, a practice Lightfoot said Chicagoans should skip this year, according to a report from the Free Beacon’s John Christenson.
“We have to rise above the me and get to the we,” Lightfoot said Tuesday. “We have a larger obligation to each other that we have got to get to.”
According to Piro, Lightfoot had said just days ago, when the mainstream media first declared former Vice President Biden the winner of the White House race, that Democrats “should absolutely celebrate this victory and savor every minute of it.”
In fact, the mayor got in on the celebration herself. In a video clip she posted to Twitter, Lightfoot could be seen shouting — with her face covering pulled down — before a large group of people who had gathered to celebrate Biden’s apparent victory, which Trump, for his part, is still contesting.
— Lori Lightfoot (@LoriLightfoot) November 8, 2020
According to Christenson, Lightfoot later told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle that “everyone was wearing masks” at the impromptu block party, but her own clip shows that wasn’t the case. “That crowd was gathered whether I was there or not,” Lightfoot added Friday, according to The Washington Times. “But this has been a super hard year on everyone.”
Lightfoot doubles down
As of Monday, Lightfoot has imposed an “advisory” on Chicagoans that asks them to “stop having guests over — including family members you do not live with” and “cancel” their Thanksgiving plans, among other things, to combat COVID-19.
The mayor even wants her constituents to skip funerals in light of the disease.
“One of the biggest challenges we face now, which is different than in the spring, is the spread in private places — in homes, event spaces,” she complained to Ruhle on Friday, according to Christenson. “People are still having gatherings like weddings and funerals.”