Really Lori? Controversial Chicago Mayor Lightfoot slams ‘the toxicity in our public discourse’ in wake of Highland Park July 4 massacre – days after she shouted ‘F**k Clarence Thomas!’ at Pride event
- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot slammed ‘the toxicity in our public discourse’ during a press conference in the wake of Highland Park July 4 massacre
- The remarks come a week after she shouted ‘F**k Clarence Thomas’
- Lightfoot, who is gay, criticized Justice Thomas at a June 25 rally for his role in overturning Roe v. Wade when she was interrupted by someone in the crowd
- She responded by yelling, ‘F**k Clarence Thomas!’, after Thomas indicated a desire to overturn a 2015 ruling that made gay marriage the law of the land
- Lightfoot doubled down on the comment with a tweet: ‘I said what I said’
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been hit by another hypocrisy storm – after blasting ‘the toxicity in our public discourse’ just days after crowing ‘F**k Clarence Thomas’ at an event.
Lightfoot made her latest remarks while speaking at a news conference on Tuesday with other city officials regarding the U.S. Senate’s Bipartisan Safer Communities Act on gun control after the horrific July 4 gun massacre in Chicago.
‘The toxicity in our public discourse is a thing I think we should all be concerned about, right? And it’s ironic obviously that we’re having this conversation and what happened on Independence Day,’ the Democrat mayor began.
She was referring to the shooting in Chicago’s Highland Park suburb, which saw gunman Robert Crimo III shoot and kill seven people watching a parade.
‘You know, we’re not like a lot of other countries where their version of Independence Day is marked with troops and tanks. No, what we do in the United States is come together as a community,’ she said.
But Lightfoot’s attempts to position herself as a healing figure were in marked contrast to her foul-mouthed blast at Thomas on June 25, a day after he voted to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed women access to abortions across the US.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot slammed ‘the toxicity in our public discourse’ in the wake of Highland Park July 4 massacre – days after she shouted ‘F**k Clarence Thomas’ at an event
Lightfoot was speaking about the overturning of Roe v. Wade at an LGBT pride event and someone in the crowd shouted at her on the stage.
‘And if you read Clarence Thomas’s concurrent opinion, he said -,’ as she was interrupted by someone shouting at her from the crowd.
Lightfoot, who is a lesbian, responded by saying: ‘Thank you. F**k Clarence Thomas!’
Lightfoot later doubled down on her comment when she tweeted a photo of herself at the rally pointing to someone in the crowd with a shirt that read, ‘F**k Clarence Thomas.’
The caption of the photo read: ‘I said what I said.’
Many gays were angered by a footnote in Thomas’s Roe v. Wade opinion which suggested that a 2015 ruling which made same-sex marriage the law of the land should also now be overturned.
Last week, Lightfoot declared at a Chicago Pride event on June 25: ‘F*** Clarence Thomas!’
Thomas – the only black man on the Supreme Court – called for his colleagues to ‘reconsider’ and potentially overturn other cases decided on the legal authority of ‘substantive due process.’
Substantive due process refers to the idea that people have fundamental rights that are not specifically laid out in the Constitution – and was the basis for a number of landmark cases including Loving v Virginia.
The 1967 case declared that state bans on interracial marriages violated the Equal Process Clause and the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.
Thomas, 74, was one of five Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn the Roe v Wade decision, which granted women a constitutional right to an abortion
The decision apparently led to Thomas getting married to Virginia Lamp 20 years later.
‘In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell,’ Thomas wrote.
Thomas notably did not mention the Loving case as one he thought the court should overturn.