Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Doubles Down on Hypocrisy

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As we mentioned yesterday, Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a 30-day lockdown set to begin on Monday. For the time being, this is not a renewed shutdown of businesses like gyms and barber shops, but private gatherings are permitted to have a maximum of 10 people and she advised Chicagoans not to have family over for Thanksgiving. However, just last Saturday, she celebrated the news that networks called the election for Joe Biden over Donald Trump and, without wearing a mask, spoke into a bullhorn in the crowded streets.

Mayor Lightfoot was asked on MSNBC to defend herself against critics like myself and others that she was sending mixed messages:

Mayor Lightfoot said that everyone in the crowd was wearing a mask, even though she was not while she was speaking into the bullhorn. She continued: “There are times when we actually do need to have a relief and come together, and I felt like that was one of those times. That crowd was gathered whether I was there or not.”

I live in Chicago, and I find this explanation unacceptable. It is hypocritical to say that celebrating Donald Trump losing or protesting in crowded streets is alright, but that gathering with friends and family with masks and social distancing is going to put grandma in her grave. That the crowds were going to be there whether she was there or not is irrelevant. What type of example is she setting?

And though protests and election celebrations are held outside but Thanksgiving is held inside, there is still no clear explanation why fans cannot attend Chicago Bears games. By her logic, stadiums could used for concerts and sporting events right now if everyone wore masks.

Mayor Lightfoot can’t look herself in the mirror and expect a city that is exasperated from the pandemic, that has lost beloved bars and restaurants right and left, to take her advisory seriously when she’s out reveling in crowded streets. Mask compliance isn’t a “get out of hypocrisy free” card.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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    • Gary, by that logic if Biden becomes president we can say well Gary…. you voted for that.

      The bigger point that should be considered is how does there become legal ramifications for these people in power who continually use it to enable and suppress.

  1. I mean have you got this virus was all about politics and controlling you peasants yet? If this thing was a real pandemic (over 99% survival rate for those under 50 with no underlying health conditions) she wouldn’t be out celebrating ‘Orange Man Gone’ or getting her hair did during the first lockdown.

  2. Not only is Lightfoot one of the visibly ugliest women on the planet, but she’s also a POS. It’s more than obvious the reason for the spreading of COVID came directly from all of the looters, rioters, arsonists and killers….or another words BLMers and Antifa. Those assclowns are the real superspreaders….this isn’t even debatable

  3. I ragged him about voting for Biden on his first post. But, Ryan is still a good writer and an asset to Outkick, or Clay wouldn’t have hired him. 90% of sportswriters voted for Biden AND push the woke narrative. Ryan doesn’t do that. We can razz him for his vote, but the difference between the leftist mob and the rest is most of us here won’t call for his head like the cancel-culture fascists….where dissent is not tolerated.

    • Thanks Paul, the reason I came to Outkick VIP was to escape an extremely liberal echo chamber in the rest of sports media. The last thing I need is for Outkick to become a conservative echo chamber who cancels liberals, I say this as a two time Trump voter.

    • Yep, Ryan doesn’t throw wokeness in our face. Obviously he hasn’t stated *why* he voted for Kamala, but his stories aren’t a problem for me. It’s also perfectly fine for us to laugh at him for being angry at Democrat hypocrisy. I have no interest in cancel culture. He lives in Chicago, he has to live with the consequences. Life goes on.

  4. Paul, good post. I am a former democrat (and actually I am still registered as a democrat). I did not vote for Biden because the left has become completely delusional. The democratic party is completely corrupt. I appreciate your sentiment that we cannot be like the woke mob. Differences of opinion are ok, as long as we respect each other and love our country (the leftists who want to tear down our country make me absolutely sick to my stomach. To quote Ronald Reagan (I think it was him who said it). “I didn’t leave my party, my party left me”)…….Ryan, I am guessing since you are in media and are reading all sorts of things you might already know who Brett Weinstein is, but if not, I think you might find him interesting. Check him out if you don’t already know him. He is a democratic who is also worried about the direction of the party and the fact that the woke mob seems to have overrun the party.

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