Mayor Light­foot to White House Press Sec­re­tary McE­nany: ‘Hey, Karen. Watch your mouth’

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White House Press Sec­re­tary Kayleigh McE­nany at­tacked Mayor Lori Light­foot on Thurs­day, call­ing her “the derelict mayor of Chicago” be­cause she is not ask­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump for crime-fight­ing help.

She piv­oted to Light­foot, call­ing her “derelict” as she was be­ing pressed to ex­plain why Trump, who, when asked in a CBS News in­ter­view why Blacks in the U.S. are killed by po­lice, said, “So are white peo­ple.”

Light­foot smacked back in a tweet, “Hey, Karen. Watch your mouth.”

Ac­cord­ing to ur­ban­dic­, Karen is “the stereo­typ­i­cal name as­so­ci­ated with rude, ob­nox­ious and in­suf­fer­able mid­dle aged white women.”

A source close to Light­foot con­firmed to the Chicago Sun-Times that Light­foot used Karen in that con­text.

McE­nany picked up where Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump left off — hit­ting on crime in Chicago and cas­ti­gat­ing the mayor — as part of a run-up to a promised an­nounce­ment next week about crime in Demo­cratic cities. Trump is in­tent on por­tray­ing Democrats and 2020 ri­val Joe Bi­den as soft on crime and anti-po­lice.

Trump said Wed­nes­day, “We’ll have an­other an­nounce­ment next week with the at­tor­ney gen­eral, the FBI, and oth­ers con­cern­ing our cities, be­cause the left-wing group of peo­ple that are run­ning our cities are not do­ing the job that they’re sup­posed to be do­ing.”

“And it’s not a very tough job to do if they knew what they were do­ing. So we’ll be talk­ing about that next week and prob­a­bly have an an­nounce­ment as to what we’re plan­ning to do to help them. They’re sup­posed to be ask­ing for help, and they don’t want to ask,” Trump said, al­lud­ing to Light­foot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

In June, Trump wrote Light­foot and Pritzker ask­ing them to phone him to dis­cuss fed­eral help. The let­ter was so full of in­sults and asides, Light­foot and Pritzker took it as a press stunt.

McE­nary call­ing Light­foot “derelict” raised the rhetoric. She brought up Light­foot twice in the Thurs­day brief­ing.

The first time was af­ter be­ing asked whether Trump was mak­ing fight­ing the COVID-19 pan­demic his “big­gest public pri­or­ity.”

She said he was fo­cus­ing on that and other things, “namely, Demo­crat cities not con­trol­ling their streets; namely, the mayor of Chicago — peo­ple dy­ing in her — in her — on the streets of her city ev­ery week­end. And the pres­i­dent sent her a let­ter say­ing, “You must se­cure your city.”

The sec­ond time was when McE­nany was asked about Trump’s com­ments on po­lice bru­tal­ity on CBS and if he won’t ac­knowl­edge the prob­lems Blacks are hav­ing, how can he fix it.

She then switched to talk­ing about chil­dren who have died as vic­tims of vi­o­lence; last week at a brief­ing McE­nany showed the pic­tures of Chicago young­sters who were killed.

“I’ve listed for you the names of these kids who have died across this coun­try. It is un­ac­cept­able, and un­der this pres­i­dent, he’ll take ac­tion. And the derelict mayor of Chicago should step up and ask for fed­eral help be­cause she’s do­ing a very poor job at se­cur­ing her streets,” McE­nany said.

The re­porter who asked said, “I was talk­ing about — peo­ple who are dy­ing at the hands of po­lice of­fi­cers.”

Press Sec­re­tary Kayleigh McE­nany (right) called Mayor Lori Light­foot “derelict” at the Thurs­day brief­ing. MCNAMEE/GETTY IM­AGES; ASHLEE REZIN GAR­CIA/SUN-TIMES WIN

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