Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot didn't hold back when asked if she had anything to say to President Donald Trump during a press conference.
“I will encode what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It’s two words: It begins with ‘F’ and it ends with ‘U.’” said Lightfoot, the first out LGBTQ+ mayor ever elected in the city of Chicago. “And we must stand firm in solidarity and say this is totally unacceptable no matter who the speaker is. We see the game he is playing. Because he’s transparent and he’s not very good at it.”
Lightfoot’s message was in reference to Trump’s Friday tweet that targeted protesters across the country who were demanding action against Derek Michael Chauvin.
Chauvin, a 44-year-old white police officer, reportedly has 18 complaints on his official record (only two ended in some form of disciplinary action). This week, he was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man whose vicious murder was caught on camera.
Trump had referenced the racist phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” in his comments. The phrase was previously used by former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley, who in 1960s Miami vowed to control Black protesters and crack down on “hoodlums.”
According to the Washington Post, at one point in December 1967, Headley said in reference to Black protestors, “We don’t mind being accused of police brutality. They haven’t seen anything yet.”
Demonstrations have rocked major cities this week, especially in Minneapolis, where one person was fatally shot. Organizers are planning to continue protests and demonsrations throughout the weekend.