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NEWSMAX: Chicago’s Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot got heated during a news conference Friday when Newsmax reporter William Kelly questioned whether violent crime is keeping businesses closed, while also asking for a response to criticism she has “lost control of the city.”
“Crime is not out of control in our city,” Lightfoot shot back in a back-and-forth that was contentious at times. “In fact, crime is on the decline. All of our major indices show a decline in our crime and our homicides and our shootings year over year are down; that’s a fact, sir.”
Lightfoot’s press conference was held to announce the reopening of the city from COVID-19 lockdowns. Earlier in the week, Lightfoot hailed this June as being less violent than last June, the height of social unrest after the death of George Floyd.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported this week that Chicago has more homicides to date this year than 2020, although it should be noted the city was locked down for multiple months last year before the Floyd unrest brought people back into the streets.
Still, Lightfoot presented generalized alternative facts to the Newsmax reporter, without specific data.
“The premise of your question, which is it’s chaos everywhere, the fact of the matter is, sir – which you also didn’t point out, but I will so we get this straight – is we’re actually seeing a decline in homicides and shootings, yes sir,” Lightfoot told Kelly, who asked if she owes an apology to victims of violence in the city.
“No one thinks a single act of violence is acceptable, least of all me,” she said, calmly, after a heated beginning. “The premise of your first question is fundamentally flawed. And you can have your opinion on it, but I’ve got the facts, and what we’re here to celebrate is the reopening of our city.”
Kelly’s questioning got off to a rocky start.
“Can you introduce yourself?” Lightfoot asked as Kelly was getting started. “I don’t think I am familiar with you.”
After identifying himself with Newsmax, Kelly spoke of recent unsolved shootings nearby and asked Lightfoot if she feels “personally responsible” for her “heated rhetoric” being a cause for “off-the-charts violent crime in the City of Chicago.”
An aide initially stopped Lightfoot from responding, as Kelly said with a laugh “white reporter in the house,” a reference to Lightfoot’s controversial vow one day earlier this year to only grant interviews to “Black and brown journalists.” Kelly is white.
“You know what, that’s not appropriate, sir,” Lightfoot said. “If you look around you, sir, you’re surrounded by white reporters.” Continue reading at Newsmax.com.