Violence in Chicago has become the number one go-to deflection tactic for the Trump administration looking to take attention away from the president’s borderline treasonous response to the coronavirus pandemic. As such, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been one of the many Black women the president has made a telling effort of attacking publicly.
Therefore, it followed that White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who has been blindly defending the president by spinning a neverending web of falsehoods, mistruths and flat-out, obvious lies, decided to lash out at both Chicago and Lightfoot during a media briefing on Thursday. But it was Lightfoot’s astute clap-back to McEnany, who is emerging as a “Karen” in her own right, that ended up making the headlines.
McEnany, who has her own job performance issues to deal with, had the audacity to call Lightfoot the “derelict mayor of Chicago,” said she should ask for federal help to fight gun violence and accused her of “doing a very poor job at protecting her streets.”
But Lightfoot was ready for all of McEnany’s smoke, and responded kindly with a terse five-word, two sentence imperative: “Hey Karen,” Lightfoot tweeted. “Watch your mouth.”
It was at once a masterful display in both giving detractors just the right amount of attention and peak 2020 at the same time, what with this unfortunate year’s proliferation of the term “Karen,” a reference to an entitled white woman exerting her privileges in situations that typically involve Black people being accused of something they didn’t do.
It can’t be forgotten how McEnany, before being appointed to her current position, not only was a hardcore and open Obama birther but also downplayed the threat of COVID-19 by saying uninformed things like, “We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here.”
That’s who was addressing the mayor of Chicago on Thursday.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, one of the main ways that Trump officials try to downplay the mounting death toll of Americans who have contracted COVID-19 is by disingenuously suggesting there is not the same level of outrage surrounding the deadly gun violence in Chicago. The deflection tactic is all but a racist trope that repeatedly points to so-called Black-on Black crime. However, not only has there long been an outcry over shootings in the Windy City, but, obviously conflating that violence with the deaths following complications from the coronavirus is a false equivalence.
That was the case last month when Trump sent a public letter to Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker and Lightfoot, both Democrats, blaming them for the violence and putting “your own political interests ahead of the lives, safety, and fortunes of your own citizens.”
Trump has faithfully attacked prominent Black women during his presidency.
In addition, by downplaying the severity of the coronavirus, Trump has undeniably contributed to Republican governors relaxing public health guidelines in states that have since had deadly resurgences of coronavirus cases and deaths, setting new records multiple times this month alone. We’re seeing that tragic truth play out in Georgia, Texas and especially Florida. Curiously, there has not been any public letters to those governors.
Meanwhile, the number of so-called Karen cases seemed to be multiplying by the day, with egregious examples that put Black lives at unnecessary risk like when Amy Cooper — the Central Park Karen — called the police and described an innocent bird-watcher as “an African American man threatening my life.”
This is America.
'Karens' Gone Wild: Videos Show Privileged White Women Won't Stop Trying To Police People
1. Trader Joe's 'Karen'
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This is a Trader Joe’s today. In Los Angeles. Cases are through the roof in California. Is there any way to reach these people?— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) June 27, 2020
2. 'Karen' the angry neighbor
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hey guys!! this is my new neighbor!! pic.twitter.com/yZxsQD1daS— bailey (@bailey3jenkins) June 27, 2020
3. ‘Karen’ Pulls Gun On Black Woman And Daughter After Chipotle Argument3 of 24
4. Nurse ‘Karen’ Fired
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Caron Jones — that’s Caron with a “K” as in “Karen” 👩🏼⚕️ — also called the Black Lives Matter movement a "ploy" for Black votes before the North Carolina nurse got fired for her racist social media posts.https://t.co/WQn68gNToF— NewsOne (@newsone) July 1, 2020
5. St. Louis 'Karen'
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St Louis Karen had mimosas a tad bit early Sunday pic.twitter.com/OftvqxcfkT— Tech Joffrey (@techjoffrey) June 29, 2020
6. ‘Karen’s Husband’ Investigated After Calling Cops On Black Men
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7. Convenience Store ‘Karen’
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It was the I’m the wrong nigga for me 😭 pic.twitter.com/2Rv33NNn2k— HEAVYY ON IT 🗣💕 (@HeavyyCampp) June 25, 2020
8. Nurse ‘Karen’ Loses Her Job For ‘Black Privilege’ Video
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Kondescending Kunty Kristy AKA Karen pic.twitter.com/qBHivipJ2j— 💛You Can Call Me ‘Queen💛 (@OutOfFucksQueen) June 28, 2020
9. Seattle ‘Karen’ Has A Total Meltdown After Black Driver Records Her ‘White Tears’
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"I HAVE A BLACK HUSBAND!"— NewsOne (@newsone) June 23, 2020
A "Karen" in Seattle identified as Leah completely lost it when Karlos Dillard, a Black man, confronted and recorded her after he says he was the victim of her racist road rage.
The video has gone viral as Karening gets worse.https://t.co/X5ryYpQlhF
10. Officer ‘Karen’ Is Slammed For Crying White Tears Over McDonald’s Wait10 of 24
11. Kroger ‘Karen’ Blocks Black Mother From Pulling Out Of Parking Lot Over ‘Gatorade’11 of 24
12. San Francisco ‘Karen’ Who Called Cops Over ‘BLM’ Art
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A white couple call the police on me, a person of color, for stencilling a #BLM chalk message on my own front retaining wall. “Karen” lies and says she knows that I don’t live in my own house, because she knows the person who lives here. #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/rOpHvKVwgP— Jaimetoons (@jaimetoons) June 12, 2020
13. Karen the "Shorewood Spitter"13 of 24
14. Karen's husband
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15. Karen's other husband
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The level of privilege here is astounding... imagine , just ... eh pic.twitter.com/hpykqnh6Ed— Rucker Game Attender ... (@RossSean177) May 19, 2020
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Question: I get we’re living in stressful times but why do we keep seeing so many white women abusing workers like this? pic.twitter.com/UKfWG631TX— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) May 18, 2020
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Racism rots your brain pic.twitter.com/OuzPmyRN6d— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) May 17, 2020
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On the next episode of “are white people ok? 👀”.... meet Red Lobster Karen 🦞 pic.twitter.com/ElgRipPyrU— Progressive Tea Party Member. 🦺🌈 (@angel_felixv) May 13, 2020
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I can’t believe this is real. This lady went out to video shame everyone who dared to have fun in the sun at the beach and then she yelled at a Trader Joe’s worker over social distancing.— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 18, 2020
Karen needs to just stay home and leave the rest of us alone... 🙄🤦🏻♂️pic.twitter.com/QUeZkRSudW
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K*ren: "Arrest me"— Scottie PIPM (@scottiepipm) April 23, 2020
K*ren: 😲 pic.twitter.com/5NJnPsSj8k
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I’m baffled. Just saw this on the news. Woman who drove 1.5 hours to go to the beach with her family complains about other people at the beach who have done the same as her. Does she not see she’s part of the problem #StayAtHomeSaveLives #COVIDIDIOTS pic.twitter.com/iowllyZEk2— Colm McAfee (@mcafee77) May 17, 2020
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‘Hey, Karen’: Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Claps Back At Trump’s White House Press Secretary was originally published on newsone.com