CHICAGO — Neither Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot held back in criticizing the Trump administration’s response and commentary on the Minneapolis uprising.
NBC Chicago reported that Pritzker called the president a “racist, misognyist, homophobe” during a press conference on Friday.
Pritzker said that he was outraged by the president’s comments regarding George Floyd’s death.
“His tweets, his reaction, his failure to address the racism in America is stoking the flames in subtle and not so subtle ways,” he said.
Lightfoot was even more blunt. According to Block Club Chicago, she had this to say: “It starts with F and ends with U.”
The news site said she was responding to Trump’s tweet calling protesters “thugs” and suggested they be met with gunfire.
“I feel angry, I feel sickened and a range of other emotions all at once,” Lightfoot said Friday. “Being black in America should not be a death sentence. We should not fear for the lives of our young ones, and mothers shouldn’t fear when their young men and women go out into the world that they’re gonna get that fateful call.”
Block Club reported that she called Trump’s response a “profoundly dangerous” effort to stoke racial tensions and throw “red meat” to his base while endangering the lives of black Americans and other protesters.