Amid news that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot could suffer re-election this year, nan Democratic leader has taken her vexation retired connected media she claims isn’t giving her a clone shingle because she’s a "woman of color."
In an question and reply pinch Politico, Lightfoot trashed TIME Magazine for portraying erstwhile Mayor Rahm Emanuel arsenic an embattled "tough guy" facing nan pressures of his office, while refusing to springiness her akin curen up of a title she could lose.
The existent politician accused TIME of playing nan title and gender paper by not depicting her arsenic a beardown mayor, saying if she wasn’t a Black female she would've received a akin screen story, and her polarizing actions arsenic politician wouldn’t person been judged arsenic harshly.
LORI LIGHTFOOT SLAMMED FOR GASLIGHTING CHICAGOANS OVER DECLINING POLICE NUMBERS: ‘SMOKE AND MIRRORS’
Chicago politician Lori Lightfoot, left, and her spouse Amy Eshleman activity to supporters during Women for Lori Rally successful Chicago, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. Lightfoot is fighting for reelection Tuesday aft a history-making but tumultuous 4 years successful agency and a bruising run frighten to make her nan city's first one-term politician successful decades. ((AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh))
However, different Illinois lawmakers seemed to bespeak to nan outlet that Lightfoot is being held to due account, peculiarly for immoderate of her astir "notorious" behaviour while successful office.
Lightfoot’s comments were provided successful a caller Politico portion covering nan threat she’s successful of becoming "the first Chicago politician defeated successful 40 years." The article noted fears that nan politician whitethorn not moreover make it to nan city’s runoff elections.
Politico elder governmental columnist Jonathan Martin wrote, "But a sitting politician — peculiarly 1 pinch arsenic much, yes, clout arsenic nan 1 successful Chicago wields — should not beryllium astatine consequence of missing a runoff. That she is, her friends and adversaries alike say, is because she’s alienated truthful galore Democrats pinch her mercurial style."
When asked astir her dire governmental straits, Lightfoot admitted to Politico she’s not been perfect. She said, "Of course, you can’t person lived done what we lived done and opportunity I did everything perfect. We made mistakes."
Though she defended herself, saying she’s learned from those mistakes. She besides claimed, "she was judged much harshly arsenic a Black woman," Politico noted.
LORI LIGHTFOOT CLAIMS SHE ‘MISSPOKE’ WHEN TELLING VOTERS WHO DON'T SUPPORT HER NOT TO VOTE
Lori Lightfoot, politician of Chicago, speaks during a news convention successful Chicago, Illinois, US, connected Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. Lightfoot defended her nationalist information strategy connected Wednesday aft metropolis assembly members, residents and a watchdog group expressed concerns complete constabulary section staffing and a deficiency of fund transparency. Photographer: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg via Getty Images (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
To exemplify really outlets spell easier connected arguable White antheral lawmakers, she pointed to a TIME Magazine screen communicative connected Rahm Emanuel, nan erstwhile politician of nan city, that portrayed him arsenic a "tough guy."
She told Politico, "I retrieve Rahm Emanuel appearing connected nan screen of Time magazine, nan header was fundamentally like: ‘Tough feline for Chicago.’ No female aliases female of colour is ever going to get that headline."
The screen communicative Lightfoot appeared to beryllium referencing was a floor plan connected nan erstwhile politician from 2013 written by TIME's David Von Drehle. The corresponding version of nan mag featured Emanuel connected nan screen down nan words, "Chicago Bull."
Martin endorsed Lightfoot's allegations of a double standard, writing, "That nan first Black female to beryllium politician of this racially fractured metropolis is judged much harshly by immoderate than her achromatic antheral predecessors is self-evident, look nary further than nan racist and homophobic tweets [Paul] Vallas is now facing disapproval for ‘liking.’"
Vallas is moving against Lightfoot for mayor, and arsenic Politico noted, is "The 1 campaigner successful nan nine-person section who’s definite to make nan runoff."
Politico further hinted astatine a double modular by adding, "The only different female elected politician here, Jane Byrne, besides happens to beryllium nan past politician who was defeated."
Chicago's mayoral candidates will vie for nan spot connected Tuesday, February 28, 2023. (Fox & Friends First/Screengrab)
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Though not each Illinois Democrat believes Lightfoot is being mistreated. Martin precocious said to Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., who expressed that nan politician is successful basking h2o for a reason. He wrote, "when I caught up pinch Representative Jan Schakowsky… astatine an early voting tract connected Sunday and asked her astir Lightfoot’s double-standard defense nan congresswoman shook her caput and past leaned successful to callback possibly Lightfoot’s astir notorious, and vivid, outburst."
A disapproving Schakowsky told nan reporter, "She’s connected portion saying, ‘I sewage nan biggest dick.’ Come on, travel on."
Fox News Digital reached retired to TIME for remark connected Lightfoot's remarks, though nan outlet has yet to respond.
Gabriel Hays is an subordinate editor for Fox News Digital.