Lori Lightfoot, President of the Chicago Police Board and Chair of the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force, addresses inquiries during a news conference related to the findings of an investigation into the Chicago Police Department by the Department of Justice on Friday, Jan 13, 2017 in Chicago. (Santiago Covarrubias/Sun Times via AP)
Rules for thee, but not for me.
That’s one of the things that some Democrats seem to have been demonstrating during the pandemic.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, for example, finally got around to telling people that they should be staying home (after first encouraging folks to ignore all the signs and go out to the parades and the movie theater). Then he decided he could still drag his staff out to go to the gym.
Now we have Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot.
Lightfoot even made a cute video for the general public telling them to stay at home, as my colleague Kira Davis reported.
I don’t have much time to myself these days, but I felt I needed to make sure everyone knows how I feel about this Stay at Home Order. Which one motivates you the most to stay at home? #StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/pDbCdySMQk
— Mayor Lightfoot #StayHomeSaveLives (@chicagosmayor) March 30, 2020
Stay home, save lives. She certainly makes the point, right? She wouldn’t go out then after she told everyone else in Chicago to stay home, right?
Eh, not so much.
Lightfoot got busted for getting a haircut when a picture with her stylist was posted online.
Mayor Lightfoot got a haircut.I’m an out of work stylist trying my best to practice social distancing to save lives.Does this mean it’s now acceptable to travel to my clients to do their hair?Or is this type of service only for the privileged?#DOASISAYNOTASIDO @LightfootForChi pic.twitter.com/4xrjyC093W
— Jennifer Widtmann (@jwidtmann) April 6, 2020
Her excuse for violating her own edict? She’s the “face of the city.”
“I think what really people want to talk about is, we’re talking about people dying here. We’re talking about significant health disparities. I think that’s what people care most about,” Lightfoot said, trying to deflect. “The woman who cut my hair had a mask and gloves on so we are, I am practicing what I’m preaching.”
But the real kicker: Lightfoot believes her haircut was considered essential because she’s “the public face of this city.”
“I’m on national media and I’m out in the public eye,” she stated.
“I’m a person who, I take my personal hygiene very seriously. As I said, I felt like I needed to have a haircut,” Lightfoot said. “I’m not able to do that myself, so I got a haircut. You want to talk more about that?”
The pictures also made it clear that Lightfoot was not “practicing what she was preaching,” that she and the stylist were right next to each other without any masks or gloves.
What was also ironic was that in her video, the mayor had chastised people saying that now was “not the time to get your roots done,” specifically as a way of encouraging people not to go to a stylist.
Meanwhile, she was enforcing the rules against other people, even people going for a walk.
Warmer weather on the way might provide more temptation than usual to get outside amid a statewide "stay at home" order, but Mayor Lightfoot said police are prepared to continue enforcing her order shutting down the lakefront, riverwalk, and the 606 trail. https://t.co/u9sBNFVS0G
— CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) April 2, 2020