In an epic display of racism, Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot said last week she would only grant interviews to black and brown journalists.
While the mainstream media applauded her decision, critics were quick to point out her move’s ironic racism.
Lightfoot defended the decision, dubiously saying she’s always fought for diversity and inclusion.
She also lambasted the Chicago media for its “overwhelming Whiteness”.
Then, in a cosmic turn of events, Lori Lightfoot was handed a lawsuit today over her woke decision.
A white reporter with Daily Caller, Thomas Catenacci, and Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit claiming Lightfoot refused to extend an interview due to Catenacci’s race.
BREAKING: Judicial Watch today filed a lawsuit on behalf of Daily Caller & reporter Thomas Catenacci against Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for violating their 1st Amendment Rights & Catenacci’s right to equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment (1/3). https://t.co/ZQXfDylZIr
— Judicial Watch ⚖️ (@JudicialWatch) May 27, 2021
The lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.
Catenacci tried on multiple occasions to get an interview with Lightfoot to discuss her efforts to vaccinate Chicagoans.
The Daily Caller News Foundation and Judicial Watch are claiming that Lightfoot violated the First Amendment rights of the Daily Caller and Catenacci.
Allegedly, the reporter’s right to equal protection under the 14th Amendment was violated, too.
Thomas Catenacci looks forward to holding the Chicago Mayor accountable.
Some personal news.
I look forward to holding her accountable. https://t.co/yL4WzAoxgI
— Thomas Catenacci (@ThomasCatenacci) May 27, 2021
Lightfoot is clearly attempting to block free speech with her racial discrimination!
The Epoch Times has more on the story:
Catenacci alleged on Twitter that Lightfoot engaged in “racial discrimination” after she “denied me an interview based on my race.”
According to the suit, he attempted to interview Lightfoot about COVID-19 vaccines and other topics.
“On May 20, 2021, Plaintiff Catenacci requested, by email, a one-on-one interview with Mayor Lightfoot,” the lawsuit stated. “Plaintiff Catenacci sent a follow-up email on May 21, 2021. He also sent a third email on May 24, 2021.”
The lawsuit then stated that “Lightfoot’s office has not responded” yet to “Catenacci’s request nor has Mayor Lightfoot agreed to an interview with Plaintiff Catenacci.” Lightfoot, the lawsuit alleged, denied the reporter’s request by not responding in a “timely manner,” and it said she is aware that Catenacci is “not a journalist of color” based on “information and belief.”
“Racial discrimination has no place in America, especially in the halls of government,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Mayor Lightfoot’s admitted policy of race-based discrimination is flagrantly illegal and immoral. Simply put, we’re asking the court to find Mayor Lightfoot’s racist abuse unlawful.”
The Epoch Times has contacted the mayor’s office for comment.
Earlier this month, Lightfoot responded to claims from local reporters that she was deciding on who would be given the chance to interview her based on the reporter’s race or ethnicity and appeared to confirm the move.
“In looking at the absence of diversity across the City Hall press corps and other newsrooms, sadly it does not appear that many of the media institutions in Chicago have caught on and truly have not embraced this moment,” Lightfoot wrote to local media outlets in a letter. “I have been struck since my first day on the campaign trail back in 2018 by the overwhelming whiteness and maleness of Chicago media outlets, editorial boards, the political press corps, and yes, the City Hall press corps specifically.”
Her decision drew backlash from a number of local journalists, with the Chicago Tribune saying that it “declined to participate in an interview with Lightfoot to object to the restrictions” in recent days.
However, Lightfoot granted an interview last week to MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, so it’s not clear if the policy is permanent or applies only to local reporters.
Lightfoot will do anything to stoke the flames of the race war polluting the streets of Chicago.
Her divide-and-conquer policies are now on display for the nation to see.
Thankfully, brave freedom fighters won’t let her get away with it!