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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot backs her profane attack on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after she shouted “F— Clarence Thomas” at a Pride event in the city over the weekend.
The Democrat took to Twitter on Monday night to defend her use of profanity after the video of her at the Pride event gone viral. Lightfoot tweeted a photo of herself at the event showing someone in the audience wearing a T-shirt that read “F— Clarence Thomas.” Lightfoot simply captioned the photo, “I said what I said.”
The mayor of the country’s third-largest city was speaking on stage during the city’s Pride Fest. She started off by saying, “If you read the Clarence Thomas deal.” Someone then shouts at the mayor from the audience to which she responds, “Thank you. F — Clarence Thomas. He thinks we’re going to sit idly by while they take our rights – our right to marry – our right to ‘to have children – our right to live.’
Lightfoot, Chicago’s first openly gay mayor, was furious with Judge Thomas for suggesting that last week’s landmark decision overturning Roe v. Wade should be a prelude to the annulment of same-sex marriage.
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The backlash from Lightfoot’s attack on Judge Thomas was swift. Several mayoral candidates came to express their disgust.
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“It’s quite embarrassing. There are ways to criticize without inciting people to mob action,” former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas said, according to Fox 32 Chicago. “Even if you echoed what someone else said in the crowd, it’s dangerous and totally inappropriate. You’re almost trying to agitate people to violence when you think about it.”
Chicago businessman Willie Wilson agreed. “Using this kind of language, in my opinion, encourages violence. I condemn anything that would feel or give the impression of violence. It’s just not the way to go.”
Alderman Ray Lopez said the vulgar comment demonstrates Lightfoot doesn’t have the temper to run for mayor of Chicago.
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“Either you’re just getting votes or you have no respect for the position you’re in,” Lopez said. “It’s unbecoming and it’s unbecoming of the city of Chicago to act in this way, especially in public. It takes vulgarity to a whole new level and further diminishes the office and the respect that we hope people have for him. wear. She needs to apologize. Our youth, our future leaders are watching her actions. Normalizing that kind of vitriolic reaction when you don’t get what you want is just bad leadership, albeit a hallmark of its administration.