Hot-Mic Catches Lori Lightfoot Making Profane Remark During Black History Month Event
Mayor in hot water following remarks
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot went off the script with some profane remarks during a virtual City Council meeting.
This is not the first time Lightfoot has been caught letting her tongue slip.
In 2019 she was caught referring to the second-vice-president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Patrick Murray, as “this FOP clown.”
She later apologized, saying, “sorry I said that out loud,” but did not apologize for the actual comment.
On Wednesday during Black History Month, Lightfoot let slip again while council member Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez was speaking as part of a resolution commemorating the occasion.
“You’ve got to be f—-ing kidding me,” Lightfoot said in very audible remarks, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Lightfoot later said her comments had nothing to do with what was taking place at the council meeting.
“Sorry to disappoint the Twitter trolls, but my comment had nothing to do with anything that was actually going on at City Council."
"I’ve explained that to Alderman Rodriguez, and she understands that,” she said to reporters.
Sanchez said she received a text from Lightfoot folowing the incident.
“She sent a text saying that her staff brought something to her attention, and that was her expression to what her staff brought to her while she was presiding,” Sanchez told the Sun-Times.
"I’m going to take her words as the truth, and I’m gonna move on.”
Sanchez was asked if the mayor’s comment was an apology.
“It wasn’t an apology. It was a clarification."
"She texted me to clarify that what was said was not said in reference to what I said,” Sanchez said.
Lightfoot’s profane remarks came as Sanchez said, “the Latino culture struggles a lot with anti-Blackness” and discussed “embracing Blackness in our cultures.”
“In the Puerto Rican culture, there is a feeling of anti-Blackness."
"And I was talking about the importance of uplifting Blackness in our communities," Sanchez said.
"I talked about sending love and solidarity to Black people in the United States. Feeling the exhaustion of existing while Black in the United States,” Sanchez added.
Lightfoot’s comment came just after she was told two council members had blocked a vote on her plan to spend COVID-19 relief funding, according to WTTW-TV.
That would directly contradict Lightfoot's statement that the hot mic had nothing to do with what was going on in City Council.https://t.co/vGHiWRrS9u— Ignacio Aliseda Stan Account (@nackoball) February 24, 2021
Lightfoot has proposed using $281.5 million to pay for salaries and benefits for Chicago police, but council members blocked it.
Sanchez was asked whether the mayor could have been reacting to her words.
“I have no idea what the mayor was thinking. But I would not want to believe that was the case. I don’t think that there is any reason for her to talk that way about any comments that I made today,” she said, according to the Sun-Times.
“I’m pretty sure she was probably talking about something else and didn’t mute her microphone. I am pretty confident that there was no reason."
"I didn’t say anything in my speech that would prompt not only the mayor, but anybody, to say something like that,” she said.