Chicago has a very real problem when it comes to lawlessness. Just about every single weekend, there are new reports of homicides and other violent crimes being committed.
This city’s issue with crime comes despite some of the toughest gun control laws in America being in effect. Clearly, this isn’t deterring offenders from various acts of lawlessness.
With crime being a consistent hardship for Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is invariably under a microscope over it. Many Americans believe Lightfoot owes her community better results when it comes to leadership and fighting crime.
On Tuesday, the Chicago mayor was directly confronted about this, according to Red State.
A Tense Exchange
When Mayor Lightfoot held a press conference earlier this week, she was likely not expecting to be directly called out on her record. The question in particular also referenced Lightfoot’s apparent preparations to run for re-election.
A reporter in Chicago asked the mayor how she could even consider seeking another term in light of crime increases and businesses leaving the city altogether. Likewise, the reporter made sure to mention that Lightfoot herself has caused harm during her time in office.
Reporter: "How could you possibly even consider running for re-election as mayor of the city of Chicago after all the harm you've caused?"
Lori Lightfoot: "I don't think I need to dignify your comments" pic.twitter.com/RSA2ZpJugi
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) April 20, 2022
The Chicago mayor first responded to this by claiming she did not agree with the reporter’s assessment. Although rather than answering the question asked, Lightfoot said she didn’t need to dignify the inquiry for a moment longer.
Despite the response he received, the reporter is not alone in these views. Many Americans across the country have criticized Lightfoot for overseeing a community with so much consistent crime.
Others warned the Chicago mayor wasn’t doing the city any favors by firing police officers for not taking COVID vaccines.
Bad News Ahead For Lightfoot
Despite the Chicago mayor’s disagreement with the reporter, it doesn’t seem like many folks in her city disagree.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Lightfoot’s approval rating is in the 30% range. On top of this, Democratic strategists warn that if the mayor does campaign for re-election, it’s not going to be a walk in the park by any means.
Due to all the problems that continue to arise under Lightfoot’s leadership, a political challenger could easily emerge and make the case to voters about why she shouldn’t win a second term.
Lori Lightfoot fought hard to bring our children from remote learning, with the promises of more resources, and a more beneficial mental environment. Where are those resources? Why is she putting this burden of $60M in cuts on students who have been severely impacted by covid?
— Rousemary Vega (@citygirl622) April 20, 2022
With an approval rating that does not even reach 40%, any Lightfoot challengers are sure to have somewhat of an advantage.
At this time, the Chicago mayor has not formally declared herself as a candidate in the city’s election, but she appears to be heading in this direction.
What do you think about the Chicago mayor’s tense exchange with a reporter earlier this week about her record and leadership? Let us know in the comments area below if you think Lightfoot can win another mayoral term.