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OF COURSE: Chicago Mayor Blames Spike in Crime, Murder, Theft, Gun Violence on... COVID

posted by Hannity Staff - 10.29.21

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot refused to accept any responsibility for the Windy City’s staggering murder rate this week, telling MSNBC the root cause of violent crime is the COVID pandemic.

“What’s the hope for Chicago residents?” asked Morning Joe Scarborough.

“We are making progress in Chicago… We’ve cleared more murders this year than we have in the last ten years. There’s no question that the COVID related impact on the public safety system in Chicago is real,” fired-back Lightfoot.

Footage surfaced on social media Wednesday showing Lightfoot being “booed off the stage” at a union-sponsored fundraising event.

“One person said Mayor Lightfoot was ‘booed off the stage’ when she was introduced at the annual event at Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington Blvd., but a union official disputed that account, saying only ‘a couple of people’ booed,” claimed the Chicago Sun Times.

“You tell me,” quipped one user on social media alongside the video.

 

The Mayor sparked a massive online backlash earlier this month when she appeared at a basketball game without a face covering; violating her own indoor mask mandate.

Where’s your mask?” posted one user on social media, pointing out those around the politician were covering their face.

“Everyone but her,” said another.

Lightfoot’s administration announced a ‘Mask Mandate for All’ despite vaccination status in August.

“With the highly transmissible Delta variant causing case rates to increase, now is the time to re-institute this measure to prevent further spread and save lives,” said CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady in a statement. “We continue to track the data closely and are hopeful this will only be temporary and we can bend the COVID curve, as we’ve done in the past.”

“Similar to previous mask mandates, masks can be removed at restaurants, bars and other eating/drinking establishments by patrons when they are actively eating and drinking,” Arwady said in a statement. “Masks can also be removed for certain activities that require their removal, such as beard shaves or facials. Additionally, masks can be removed by employees in settings that are not open to the public, if employees are static and maintaining at least six feet from all other individuals (office cubicles, for example).”

Watch the moment above.

BIDEN SWINGS BY CHICAGO: President Briefly Meets with Mayor Lightfoot as Crime Surges

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.07.21

From Fox News:

President Biden met with Chicago’s mayor on Wednesday, in the wake of an extremely violent holiday weekend in the nation’s third most populous city.

The president, on his way to an event in McHenry County, Illinois – where he’s making the case for the infrastructure deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators and the White House – was greeted by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, both Democrats, as he deplaned Air Force One at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

The meeting came after more than 100 people were shot and 19 killed over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, the city’s most violent weekend this year. And LIghtfoot has come under increasing pressure to take action.

Lightfoot campaigned for mayor as a public safety expert and on Tuesday vowed that “we are doing absolutely everything that we can to stem the violence.” But the city council and neighborhood officials are growing restless.

Biden’s stop in Chicago came hours after two federal agents and a Chicago police officer were shot early Wednesday while on duty in an unmarked law enforcement vehicle on the city’s Far South Side.

After the meeting, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement that “during a greet with Mayor Lightfoot on the airport tarmac, President Biden expressed his personal support for the two ATF officials and the Chicago police officer who were shot earlier today. He reiterated his commitment to working with the Mayor and leaders in Chicago in the fight against gun violence and conveyed that the Department of Justice would soon be in touch about the strike force announced just a few weeks ago that will be working with cities like Chicago.”

Read the full report here.

BUSTED: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Seen Defying Her Own Mask Mandate at WNBA Game

posted by Hannity Staff - 10.25.21

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot faced a growing backlash on social media Monday after images showed the Democrat publicly defying her own mask mandate at a WNBA game in the Windy City.

 

“Where’s your mask?” posted one user on social media, pointing out those around the politician were covering their face.

“Everyone but her,” said another.

Lightfoot’s administration announced a ‘Mask Mandate for All’ despite vaccination status in August.

“With the highly transmissible Delta variant causing case rates to increase, now is the time to re-institute this measure to prevent further spread and save lives,” said CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady in a statement. “We continue to track the data closely and are hopeful this will only be temporary and we can bend the COVID curve, as we’ve done in the past.”

“Similar to previous mask mandates, masks can be removed at restaurants, bars and other eating/drinking establishments by patrons when they are actively eating and drinking,” Arwady said in a statement. “Masks can also be removed for certain activities that require their removal, such as beard shaves or facials. Additionally, masks can be removed by employees in settings that are not open to the public, if employees are static and maintaining at least six feet from all other individuals (office cubicles, for example).”

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