Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot lashed out at President Donald Trump Thursday, scolding him over a lack of leadership during one of the most turbulent times in the nation’s history.
Lightfoot said the reason behind the president’s criticisms of her and fellow Mayors Jenny Durkan of Seattle, Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta and Muriel Bowser of D.C. is patently transparent.
“He’s trying to borrow a page off Richard Nixon’s playbook where you divide and conquer, where you scare White suburbanites,” Lightfoot said on CNN. “You scare White working-class folks into thinking you’re the person who has all the answers and that the Democrats have failed.
“But here’s the reality for this president: when he picks on me and Jenny Durkan, and Keisha Lance Bottoms and Muriel Bowser, [he fails to realize that] we’re all very tough women,” Lightfoot said. “And we are leading because that’s what leaders do. We are not failing every single day to step up and own responsibility and be a leader in this incredible time.
“We need the president to be a better leader. We need him to take ownership of responsibility,” she said. “Even though he’s failed in these three months, he still has an opportunity to lead, but he’s not interested. But what he’s interested in is dividing and conquering, and that’s a recipe for disaster.”