Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called for less “toxicity in our public discourse” this week just days after led a crowd of thousands in a “F**K Clarence Thomas!” chant at an LGBTQIA+ pride event.
“That says to me that the people who are acting so brazenly have no not only no respect for themselves, but they don’t have respect for the institution like the police department, who men and women every single day on every watch, are literally risking life and limb for our safety,” Lightfoot said.
“But toxicity in our public discourse is a thing that I think we should all be concerned about, right?” Lightfoot added.
“That’s the thing I think that concerns me the most about what we’re seeing, really over the arc of these last two years- I get it. People are angry. They are frustrated. And they’re fearful,” Lightfoot said. “But we can’t let those things mean that we lose sight of each other’s humanity. We’ve got to find a common sense and a purpose.”
“Every single person has a role to play in healing the wounds that are plaguing us in our country. And I just pray every single day that each of us will stand up and have that bravery of self and soul to do what is right in this moment. Because we desperately need that kind of healing,” she later said.
Watch Lightfoot’s comments above.