Politicians love to hear the sound of their own voice until they accidentally say something that they should not have.
This is what happened to Chicago Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who was caught on a hot mic during a City Council virtual town hall on Wednesday night.
As noted by the Chicago Sun-Times reported, City Council member Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez was speaking in honor of Black History Month when Lightfoot uttered the phrase “You’ve got to be f***ing kidding me.”
“Sorry to disappoint the Twitter trolls, but my comment had nothing to do with anything that was actually going on at City Council. I’ve explained that to Alderman Rodriguez [Sanchez] and she understands that,” Lightfoot told reporters when asked about her slip of the tongue.
Listen below (Warning: Foul language in the clip):
Mayor Lightfoot muttered "you got to be fucking kidding me" after Alder Rodríguez-Sanchez finished speaking during the City Council meeting just now. pic.twitter.com/y3aTkE8MYb
— 🌹Sean Duffy🌹 (@seanduffy_) February 24, 2021
Lightfoot reportedly texted Rodriguez Sanchez after the gigantic blunder to tell her that her comments were not directed at what the City Council member was saying.
“She sent a text saying that her staff brought something to her attention and that was her expression to what her staff brought to her while she was presiding,” Sanchez said to the Sun-Times. “I’m going to take her words as the truth and I’m gonna move on.”
The reporters at the Sun-Times asked Rodriguez Sanchez if Lightfoot apologized. She apparently did not.
“It wasn’t an apology. It was a clarification. … She texted me to clarify that what was said was not said in reference to what I said,” she said.
Sanchez was talking about embracing Blackness in our cultures” and said that she believes that “the Latino culture struggles a lot with anti-Blackness.”
“In the Puerto Rican culture, there is a feeling of anti-Blackness. And I was talking about the importance of uplifting Blackness in our communities. I talked about sending love and solidarity to Black people in the United States. Feeling the exhaustion of existing while Black in the United States,” she said.
“I talked about being grateful for the contributions of Black people in the United States and city of Chicago. And I said we had a responsibility to make this city a better place for all. That’s the last thing you can hear in the video being circulated.”
The Sun-Times asked Rodriguez Sanchez if she thought that Lightfoot was being dismissive of her comments.
“Ummm … I have no idea what the mayor was thinking. But I would not want to believe that was the case. I don’t think that there is any reason for her to talk that way about any comments that I made today,” she said.
“I’m pretty sure she was probably talking about something else and didn’t mute her microphone. I am pretty confident that there was no reason. I didn’t say anything in my speech that would prompt not only the mayor but anybody, to say something like that,” she said.