Chicago Lawyers Say Lightfoot Only Discriminated Against White Reporters For Two Days
Attorneys for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot are arguing that a preliminary injunction against her for racial discrimination is unnecessary because she only racially discriminated against reporters for a strict two-day period.
Lightfoot is being sued by the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) and Judicial Watch for not granting an interview to DCNF reporter Thomas Catenacci, who is white. However, in their most recent court filing, Lightfoot’s attorneys state that her policy of only granting interviews to journalists of color was in place for a specific two-day window. Therefore their request for a preliminary injunction is moot.
In the days approaching her second anniversary as Mayor of Chicago, local reporters announced that Lightfoot’s office only granted one-on-one interviews to black and brown journalists. Catenacci contacted Lightfoot’s office on three separate occasions over a five-day span in May and was not granted an interview, prompting the lawsuit from DCNF with the help of Judicial Watch.
An initial hearing was held on June 7, at which a district judge ordered Lightfoot’s office to file a declaration under oath clarifying the status of the racially discriminatory policy and whether it would be in place going forward.
“As announced by the Mayor in the May 19 letter invoked by Plaintiffs, the conduct was ‘on the occasion of the second anniversary of [her] inauguration’ as Mayor,” the filing from Lightfoot’s attorneys read. “For these reasons, counsel indicated that Plaintiffs’ request for preliminary injunctive relief is moot, as the challenged conduct is not continuing.”
“Mayor Lightfoot’s office today shockingly confirmed to a federal court that she discriminates based on race in the conduct of her public office,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a press release. “This racism is blatantly unconstitutional.”
Lightfoot called the lawsuit “completely frivolous” in an interview with CNN Friday. “I’d use a more colorful term if we weren’t on TV,” she added.
From The Daily Caller
One has to wonder, if a white politician, says President Trump, said he was only going to allow Republican reporters or white reporters, do you think an argument of “it was only for two days” would work?
It seems that Mayor Lightfoot and Democrats think that racism is fine so long as you can practice for a few days; that is frivolous, telling that we should “now look away.”
If you went back to the night of Kristallnacht, asked the Jews that lived through that, if this was frivolous, it only lasted 2 days, they would disagree that this is a small thing. All victims of racism should be raising their voices in condemnation of this.
While many reporters of all colors condemned this as racist, it turns out CNN did not have a problem with this. And they wonder why they are losing viewers.
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