Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzar a “clown” and a “cartoon character” and does not regret it.
Per Ben Bradley:
“YOU ARE NOW OFFICIALLY A CLOWN” Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s text messages w/police union president after violence in Grant Park reveal name-calling, frustration, anger. Today, the mayor said “I don’t take back one word that I said.” I’ll have the story tonight on @WGNNews at 9pm.
"YOU ARE NOW OFFICIALLY A CLOWN"
Mayor Lori Lightfoot's text messages w/police union president after violence in Grant Park reveal name-calling, frustration, anger. Today, the mayor said "I don't take back one word that I said."
— Ben Bradley (@BenBradleyTV) July 23, 2020
Per Fox News, in a news briefing, the mayor refused to walk back her remarks.
“In the middle of everything that’s going on, in a craven political move, this man waved his hand to President Trump and invited him to bring federal troops into our city, a la Portland,” Lightfoot told reporters during a news briefing. “We have tried to engage him in a constructive way. He refuses to do so because he’s more interested in trying to make himself a political figure rather than to be a leader.
“I don’t take back one word that I said,” she added.
In his letter, Catanzara didn’t specifically ask that federal forces be deployed to the city but said he was willing to meet with Trump to discuss how to “bring back civility to the streets of Chicago.”
Calls to Catanzara’s office from Fox News were not immediately returned.
On Wednesday Trump announced he was sending federal agents to Chicago to help combat the spike in violent crime. The move came a day after 15 people were shot outside a funeral home and a 3-year-old was shot in the head.
Lightfoot said she spoke with Trump over the phone after the announcement.