A top Democrat is paying the price for the devastating results of her policies.
But she is unwilling to face her own failures.
A top Democrat gave an insane excuse for her humiliating defeat.
Homicide rates under Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot have risen in Chicago to “generational highs,” while robberies, muggings, carjackings, and other property crimes have also increased. Meanwhile businesses are fleeing the failing city.
The murder rate per capita in Chicago is shockingly four times higher than New York City’s, ABC 7 Chicago reported in 2022.
In a stinging referendum on her job performance, Lightfoot came in third place in Chicago’s mayoral election on Tuesday.
The Chicago Sun-Times said that Lightfoot’s loss came during a time when “violent crime and the perception of it [are] foremost on the minds of voters.”
Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas received 34% of the vote with 94% of the votes in, while Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson gathered 20% of the vote and Lightfoot received a meager 17% of the vote. Vallas and Johnson will be on the ballot in a runoff election on April 4.
Lightfoot claimed her race and gender were a factor in her defeat when reporters pressed her on whether she believed she was treated unfairly during the campaign process.
“I’m a Black woman in America. Of course,” she responded, according to reports.
“Regardless of tonight’s outcome, we fought the right fights and we put this city on a better path,” Lightfoot said Tuesday night, adding that serving as Chicago’s mayor was “the honor of a lifetime.”
When Lightfoot announced she would be seeking reelection back in June, she told supporters, “I’m a Black woman in America. People are betting against us every single day.” NPR reported.
Only one of the seven candidates she was facing in the election is white, another Hispanic, while five are black.
Yet facts don’t appear to stop Lightfoot from playing the race card at every opportunity.
In 2021, Lightfoot was asked, “In recent months, there have been questions raised about your temperament and your reaction to criticism – a Tribune editorial used the term irascible – how much of this do you think might have to do with the fact that you’re a woman and specifically a black woman?”
“About 99 percent of it,” Lightfoot replied, continuing, “Look at my predecessors. Did people say that Rich Daly held tea sessions with people that he didn’t disagree on? Rahm Emmanuel was a polite guy who was a uniter? No. Women and people of color are always held to a different standard. I understand that. I’ve known that my whole life.”
Lightfoot is the first Chicago mayor to lose a reelection bid in over forty years.
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