Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls White House press secretary 'Karen'

Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images.Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary.
  • The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, criticised Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday, described her as “derelict” when it comes to dealing with crime.
  • “The derelict mayor of Chicago should step up and ask for help, because she’s doing a very poor job of securing her streets,” McEnany said.
  • Lightfoot came back with a biting response: “Hey, Karen. Watch your mouth.”
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The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, criticised Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday, describing the Midwesterner as “derelict” when it comes to dealing with crime in her city.

The Trump aide argued that cities with high crime rates like Chicago should take more federal assistance.

“The derelict mayor of Chicago should step up and ask for help, because she’s doing a very poor job of securing her streets,” McEnany said.

McEnany had dodged questions about President Donald Trump’s refusal to acknowledge that the police kill Black Americans at much higher rates than they kill white people. Instead, she pointed to evidence that Black people are much more likely to be victims of all kinds of homicide.

Lightfoot, the first Black woman elected as Chicago’s mayor, didn’t mince words in her response.

“Hey, Karen. Watch your mouth,” she tweeted, using a name commonly used to refer to entitled, racist white women.

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