At the time of the violent Democrat NeverTrump resistance movement's targeting of Trump administration officials, Lightfoot made publicly threatening comments toward the White Hose Press Secretary.
In 2018, Chicago recorded 561 murders, more than the two biggest US cities - New York and Los Angeles - combined.
2020 Marxist insurrection
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On May 31, 2020 Chicago saw its deadliest day in at least 60 years (records only go back to 1961), with 18 killings in a 24-hour period. Over the Memorial Day holiday - 85 people were shot and 24 killed, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that day the city's 911 emergency call centre received 65,000 calls - 50,000 more than on an average day. White rioters assaulted a police woman. Mayor Lori Lightfoot acknowledged “an organized effort”. Chicago Business reported Lightfoot as saying, “There is no doubt. This was an organized effort last night,” she said. “There were clearly efforts to subvert the peaceful process and make it into something violent.” An Alderman asked Lightfoot,
“Once they’re done looting and rioting, and whatever’s going to happen tonight, God help us, what happens when they start going after residents? Going into the neighborhoods? Once they start trying to break down people’s doors if they think they’ve got something," noting that there were “gang-bangers with AK-47s walking around right now, just waiting to settle some scores."
When Lightfoot did not respond the Alderman added, “It’s not something you ignore. This is a question that I have.” The mayor responded,
“I think you’re 100% full of sh**, is what I think.”
The Alderman shot back, “No offense — F*** you, then. Who are you to tell me I’m full of sh**? Maybe you should come out and see what’s going on.” The call was recorded.
By mid 2020, year-to-date shootings eclipsed 1,508 for 2020, putting them 350 ahead of 2019. To date homicides sit at 254, placing them ahead of 2019. In the month of July 2020 alone there were 105 homicides in Chicago compared to 44 the previous July. Important to note that the Cook County board voted in favor of defunding police. Eleven city alderman raced to the fore to demand that not a single penny of $333 million in federal dollars not go to police, and various proposals are being considered to cut current funding by more than $30 million in current spending.