Former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has a suggestion for Lori Lightfoot.
Notably, it’s one she may not like: quit.
As you surely know, Chicago’s mayor hit the headlines this week with her decision where one-on-one interviews are concerned.
On Tuesday, Lori made it clear: No whites.
She explained via a letter to local media:
“By now, you may have heard the news that on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as Mayor of this great City, I will be exclusively providing one-on-one interviews with journalists of color.”
The mayor called to her identity as a nonwhite and to the “fight for diversity”:
“As a person of color, I have throughout my adult life done everything that I can to fight for diversity and inclusion in every institution that I have been a part of and being Mayor makes me uniquely situated to shine a spotlight on this most important issue.”
She spoke of breaking barriers and — it would seem — affirmative action:
“As the first Black woman mayor of Chicago, and the first openly gay mayor, my election in 2019 was hailed for breaking barriers to the halls of power that had existed in our city for generations. … In the year 2021, with a Black, lesbian Mayor, a Black woman City Treasurer, a Latinx woman City Clerk and a majority Black and Latinx City Council, the goup of reporters assigned to cover City Hall is practically all white. Many of them are smart and hard-working, savvy and skilled. But mostly white, nonetheless. … While there are women of color who sometimes cover my administration, there are zero women of color assigned to the City Hall beat. Zero. I find this unacceptable and I hope you to too.”
— Tahman Bradley (@tahmanbradley) May 19, 2021
Her choice wasn’t universally praised.
The Chicago Tribune’s Gregory Pratt bailed on an opportunity to be let in the club:
I am a Latino reporter @chicagotribune whose interview request was granted for today. However, I asked the mayor’s office to lift its condition on others and when they said no, we respectfully canceled. Politicians don’t get to choose who covers them. https://t.co/YMW8M8ZgJm
— Gregory Pratt (@royalpratt) May 19, 2021
At a Thursday (unrelated) press conference, Lori doubled down:
“It has nothing to do about you…with due respect, or anybody else. What it has to do about is the facts, and the facts is that when I look at it across this podium as I’m doing now, I don’t see much in the way of diversity.”
As noted by the Tribune, “[Q]uestions have been raised about whether the move was discriminatory to white reporters.”
Tulsi Gabbard appears to have similar questions.
On Friday, she tweeted thusly:
“Mayor Lightfoot’s blatant anti-white racism is abhorrent. I call upon President Biden, Kamala Harris, and other leaders of our county — of all races — to join me in calling for Mayor Lightfoot’s resignation. Our leaders must condemn all racism, including anti-white.”
Mayor Lightfoot's blatant anti-white racism is abhorrent. I call upon President Biden, Kamala Harris, and other leaders of our county—of all races—to join me in calling for Mayor Lightfoot's resignation. Our leaders must condemn all racism, including anti-white.
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) May 21, 2021
Coming from a (recently) Democrat congresswoman, Tulsi’s message to a current Democrat mayor packs an atypical punch.
Since dropping out of the 2020 race (and even before), Gabbard’s gathered quite a few fans on the Right.
Over the last six months, she’s slammed big tech and left-wing censorship, called out Democrat “police state” tactics, introduced a bill barring males from girls’ sports, and sponsored a ban on the abortion of pain-receptive babies.
In an OANN poll earlier this month, 60% of those surveyed favored her as California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s replacement.
Surely some wouldn’t mind her taking Chicago’s wheel, were it on the table.
…Just in: Video of this morning's carjacking outside Sears Tower. Lots of other details emerging about this crew. VERY violent. Many other cases. Full report in the works.#Chicago #WillisTower pic.twitter.com/a51X8YZ5RE
— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) January 21, 2021
“He just kept saying ‘where are your keys, where are your keys!’”
“It felt like a tactic… making people feel disoriented and scared”
— Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) January 18, 2021
— Lion Eye News (@LionEyeNews1) December 10, 2020
Back to Tulsi’s call to Kamala and Joe, something tells me the pair won’t be stepping on Lightfoot’s toes.
I predict they blow Tulsi off — over allegations of the mayor blowing it.
And in Chicago, white reporters wanting an interview will be told to blow it.
So it goes, in The Windy City.
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