Lori Lightfoot, the outgoing Mayor of Chicago, appeared to blame her recent election loss on “dog-whistling” comments from Donald Trump and others. Lightfoot made the comments on MSNBC while speaking to Al Sharpton. Although she did not directly say that Trump was racist while critiquing her, she most certainly alluded to it. Lightfoot stated that her loss was partly fueled by Donald Trump’s attacks on Mayors like herself. She then named two other black female mayors – former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and current Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. Trump, of course, also famously criticized former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Brandon Johnson, a far-left black male, will replace Lori Lightfoot as Mayor of Chicago. If racism is the angle that Trump used to attack Lightfoot, it obviously did not work. The people of Chicago have not voted for a Republican mayor in eons. As it was proven after the Jussie Smollett controversy, Chicago is absolutely not MAGA country. So why would Donald Trump’s words affect what happens on the ground in the Windy City? Lightfoot’s complaints about dog-whistling simply do not make sense. Her abysmal record on crime and violence, along with the anemic response to BLM-inspired looting during the pandemic and beyond had more to do with her election defeat than anything else.