Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot beat White House press secretary Kaleigh McEnany on Thursday and called her a “Karen” for saying she was “a run-down mayor.”
McEnany answered questions from journalists at a news conference earlier on Thursday when she made several sharp comments about the mayor accusing her of “a very bad job securing her streets.”
The press secretary also said she believed that Lightfoot should seek federal assistance to end a recent spike in violence in Chicago.
Mayor Lightfoot reacted flatly by telling McEnany to “look at your mouth.”
“Hey, Karen. Watch Your Mouth ‘: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, in the photo, reacted bluntly Thursday after White House secretary Kaleigh McEnany called her a’ run-down mayor ‘
White House press chief Kaleigh McEnany, pictured, twice criticized Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot when she answered questions from journalists during a briefing on Thursday.
The press secretary’s comments were initially brought to the attention of Mayor Lightfoot via a tweet from Senior White House Correspondent for Time Magazine Brian Bennett.
“White House secretary Kayleigh McEnany just called Lori Lightfoot” the run-down Chicago mayor “and said she should seek federal help to secure the city,” he wrote.
The mayor responded to Twitter shortly afterwards by sharing a screenshot of Bennett’s tweet and adding, “Hey, Karen. Watch your mouth ‘.
The Democratic Mayor used the term Karen as the now common label used to refer to a demanding middle-aged white woman who shows a sense of justice and privilege.
According to the Chicago Sun Timesa source confirmed that the mayor was using the phrase in this context.
McEnany had referred to Lightfoot twice during the Thursday press conference, both times beating the mayor for not stopping the violence in her city.
When asked why the coronavirus pandemic didn’t get the full attention of the president, McEnany replied, “There are other things the president should focus on – namely, the democratic cities that are not taking control of their streets, namely the mayor of Chicago those people die in the streets of her city every weekend.
“The President sent her a letter saying you must protect your city,” she added.
The press secretary’s comments were initially brought to the attention of Mayor Lightfoot via a tweet from Senior White House Correspondent for Time Magazine Brian Bennett, pictured
McEnany was later asked about Trump’s earlier comment that white people are killed as often as black people by police officers.
In the course of her reply, the press secretary again brought up the recent violence in Chicago.
“I have listed the names of these children who died in this country. It is unacceptable and he will take action under this president, ”she said.
“And the dilapidated Mayor of Chicago should step down and ask for federal help, because she’s doing a really bad job of protecting her streets.”
President Trump recently targeted Mayor Lightfoot and Chicago on his peak in violence on Wednesday.
“Next week, we’ll have another announcement with the Attorney General, the FBI, and others about our cities, because the left-wing group of people who run our cities aren’t doing the work they should be doing,” Trump said.
Trump has focused Mayor Lightfoot, in the photo, on violence in Chicago in recent weeks
Trump’s letter to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker. The president’s letter described in detail how the federal government has provided financial aid to help Chicago fight crime, while calling on Mayor Lightfoot to ask for help
“And it’s not that difficult if they knew what they were doing. So we’ll talk about it next week and probably have an announcement about what we plan to do to help them. They should be asking for help, and they don’t want to, “he added, referring to Mayor Lightfoot and her refusal to ask for federal help.
Last month in a City Hall with Fox News, he called life in Chicago “worse than Afghanistan.”
In June, he also sent a letter to Mayor Lightfoot and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker calling on them to “insist on action against the devastating violence in Chicago” and ask them to call him.
“Your lack of leadership on this important topic continues to abandon the people you have vowed to protect,” the letter said.
“I fear it is another example of your lack of commitment to the vulnerable citizens who have been victims of this violence and a lack of respect for men and women in law enforcement.”
Neither responded to the letter.
According to NBC Chicagothere were at least 60 shootings in the city last weekend, including 13 fatalities.