Lori Lightfoot, the Democrat mayor of Chicago, spoke out in anger in aftermath of the shooting from Saturday night that took place in Colorado Springs — all prior to taking heated criticism via social media as many critics were quick to point out that she is trying to run a city in which such shootings seem to be an everyday occurrence.
Lightfoot kicked things off by highlighting a post from the Associated Press in which they broke the news about the incident: “Colorado Springs police say 5 people are dead and 18 injured in a Colorado nightclub shooting.”
BREAKING: Colorado Springs police say 5 people are dead and 18 injured in a Colorado nightclub shooting. https://t.co/juKXZE6pYF
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 20, 2022
“I’m sick of this s***,” she captioned in her post. “How many people need to be murdered? How many lives torn apart? Until it actually stops? We don’t have to live like this. And we don’t have to die like this.”
The internet quickly jumped on the irony of her statement, calling out Lightfoot for the rampant and violent crime taking place in her city.
“Where is your outrage at the dozens of murders in your city every week? Gangs and criminals are running the place … not you,” stated Jeannine Edwards, a reporter for RSPN.
“Next Top Model” winner from season one went on to add, “YOU and your party have ran Chicago for over 60 years! This is YOUR fault and no one elses.”
“I’m not sure, but it seems like you might be in a position to do something about murders in Chicago,” pointed out Dan O’Donnell, a radio host.
“Local arsonist laments the number of fires in the US as her city burns,” stated @Reverend_Ducati.
Local arsonist laments the number of fires in the US as her city burns: https://t.co/rOQaw3mF0E
— Rev. Ducati 🏁🏴☠️ (@Reverend_Ducati) November 21, 2022
“What’s the murder rate in Chi-Town and what are you doing about it?” stated Jeff Putnam.
What’s the murder rate in Chi-Town and what are you doing about it? https://t.co/Gz0Wy4E4VR
— Jeff Putnam | Copywriter ✍ (@Rugged_Legacy) November 21, 2022
Alana Mastrangelo from Breitbart stated, “As the mayor of Chicago, you should probably sit this one out.”
“This is a real tweet. From the the Mayor of Chicago,” stated @Brinkofill. “The person in charge of a city known for its violent crime. And just in case she deletes, here is a screenshot …”
“More people than this were murdered this weekend in Chicago, I’ll bet. And that’s your fault,” claimed actor Nick Searcy, adding “615 homicides in Chicago this year. Why aren’t you sick of that s***?”
615 homicides in Chicago this year. Why aren’t you sick of that shit?
— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) November 21, 2022
St. Louis-bsed radio host Annie Frey issued a fairly succinct line to sum up her feeling: “Start at home, Mayor.”
As recently as August, Lightfoot stated that she thinks her administration has been doing a wonderful job of dealing with the rising crime rates in the city. “Our data-driven strategy recognizes that that’s where we need to put the lion’s share of our investments, our time, our education, our outreach,” she stated. “The biggest challenge I think that we face is we’ve got to make sure that these young people put down the guns, and we’ve got to make more progress on carjackings.”