WATCH: Following Her Election Loss, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Blames Racism For Her Humiliating Defeat

Mar 1, 2023 | Political News

Following her defeat in the Chicago Democrat mayoral primary on Tuesday evening, Lori Lightfoot once again used her race as a justification for her loss.

The first black, gay mayor of the Windy City was elected in 2019 with hopes that she would be able to make Chicago a better place to live for its citizens, however, she did the exact opposite leading to crime spiking throughout the city.

In response to this, she was roundly defeated in the Democrat primary, the first mayor to lose a reelection bid in over 40 years.

With 94 percent reporting, her opponent Paul Vallas received 33.8 percent of the vote coming in first place, Brandon Johnson received 20.3 percent of the vote coming in second place, and Lightfoot won only 17.1 percent of the vote, per the New York Times. As a result of this, only Johnson and Vallas will be moving on to the runoff election on April 4th.

According to the Daily Wire, when Lightfoot was asked after her concession speech on Wednesday evening if she was treated unfairly she responded, “I’m a black woman in America. Of course.”


Lightfoot advanced a similar justification in an interview with the New Yorker last month stating, “I am a Black woman—let’s not forget,” she said. “Certain folks, frankly, don’t support us in leadership roles.”

She continued to compare herself to the first Black Mayor of Chicago Harold Washington who was elected in 1983. “The same forces that didn’t want Harold Washington to succeed, they’re still here,” implying that the city of Chicago and Cook County, which both enjoy extensive representation of black Americans in leadership positions, still has a problem with racism, as previously reported by the DC Enquirer.

In addition to these recent examples, Lightfoot continued to rely on her race to scapegoat her terrible record in years past, as reported by the Daily Wire. In 2021, she was asked the following: “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. Look at my predecessors,” the Chicago mayor said in reply, asking, “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.”

With Lori Lightfoot finally out as Chicago's mayor, the people of the Windy City will now have a choice between Paul Vallas, who has been endorsed by the Fraternal Order of the Police for his law and order stances, and Brandon Johnson, who has been endorsed by the Chicago Teacher's Union. Hopefully, irrespective of whoever wins the April 4th primary, the city of Chicago will be restored to some sort of safety and stability again.

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