How are things going for current Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot after she lost the mayoral battle, not even making it to the runoffs of her city’s election? Not great. Now she’s being told to just “get the hell out” of her crime-ridden city.
That came when an award-winning radio and print journalist, William J. Kelly, ripped into her, to her face, with a scathing statement during a recent city council meeting. Attacking her for her attempts at censorship, Mr. Kelly accused Lightfoot of revoking his media credentials, credentials necessary for him to properly do his job, for asking “obvious questions” about crime in Chicago.
Kelly went on to demand that the media credential process be stripped from the mayor and police superintendent and put in the hands of the Constitution.
Beginning his takedown of Chiraq’s mayor, Kelly noted that it looked like she stripped him of his media credentials in 2021 to protect her re-election campaign. In his words: “On a weekly basis I was going viral asking you obvious questions and instead of answering them you told me that crime was down, my videos went viral, millions of views, comments, likes and shares and it was hurting your re-election campaign so you revoked my media credential. That should never happen in a free country.”
Continuing, he went on to note Chicago’s precipitious decline under her administration, saying “You became mayor, the people of Chicago elected you. You shut down our schools, you shut down the churches, you shut down the businesses. You did the one thing that I thought could never happen. As somebody who was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, I never thought in my life that I would ever see the city of Chicago brought down so low as you have managed to bring it down.”
Emphasizing that point and how historically bad of a job she has done, he then said “Shame on you. That is a legacy that you are going to have to carry. Future historians are going to have a hard time understanding how you ever even became mayor of the city of Chicago. I intend to write that book.”
Twisting that knife just a bit more, he followed that up by saying “I intend to make sure that at least there is some possible way for the city of Chicago to move forward. I hope that you realize what damage you have done to the city.”
But it was his last blow that really delivered a knockout punch. Calling her a pandemic and demanding she leave, Kelly said “I hope that after today’s city council meeting, you will pack your suitcase and get the hell out of my city. You are a pandemic. You are a pandemic.”
Watch that epic smackdown of Mayor Lightfoot here:
NEW: Journalist who was banned by Lori Lightfoot for asking tough questions unloads, tells her to “get the hell out of my city.”
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) March 16, 2023
Commenting on the video, one user said “Good! More people need to start standing up against politicians who use their power and corruption to censor WE THE PEOPLE. Journalists need to report the truth however, not fabricate the news. Remember back when the news reported news and didn’t become the news themselves?🤷🏻♂️🤔”
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