Chicago Mayor Defends Joining Biden Celebration: ‘Crowd Was Gathered Whether I Was There Or Not’

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On MSNBC, Democrat Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot, who banned large gatherings in her city to slow the spread of COVID-19, defended her decision to appear at a large celebration for Joe Biden’s projected 2020 election victory, saying that the “crowd was gathered whether I was there or not.”

“Well, look, I think that we’ve been saying all along everybody has to take care, everybody has to take precaution,” Lightfoot responded. “I will tell you, in that big crowd a week ago, we had everybody was wearing masks. Look at, you can see the shot here – mask compliance in our city is actually up very, very high. But yes, there are times when we actually do need to have a relief and come together, and I felt like that was one of those times.”

“That crowd was gathered whether I was there or not,” she claimed. “But this has been a super hard year on everyone. Everyone feels traumatized. They feel threatened, their safety, and they don’t know what tomorrow’s gonna bring, and with this new surge in cases, we have just got to step up and do the right thing, and I think people understand that.”

Mayor Lightfoot has violated COVID-19 restrictions multiple times. Earlier this year, Lightfoot infamously received a haircut at a salon despite salons and barbershops being forced to shut down under the state’s stay-at-home order.