A Chicago reporter who had his city press credentials pulled by Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot confronted her in an explosive city council meeting on Wednesday.
Last year, reporter William Kelly filed a lawsuit against Lightfoot for her ‘attack on the First Amendment.’
However, the reporter got retribution when he confronted Lightfoot about her shortcomings that have ruined Chicago.
“You shut down our schools, you shut down the churches, you shut down the businesses. You did the one thing I thought could never happen: As somebody who was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, I never thought in my life that I would ever see the city of Chicago brought down so low,” Kelly told Lightfoot.
“I hope that, after today’s city council meeting, you will pack your suitcase and get the hell out of my city,” he said.
On Thursday, Kelly told Fox News host Steve Doocy that the tense moment allowed him to speak out on behalf of the citizens of Chicago.
“Even if she didn’t pull my press credentials, I still would not have had the opportunity to ask her a question or speak for the people of Chicago after the city council meeting because Mayor Lightfoot canceled her post-city council meeting press conference,” he said.
“I applied for the public comments section right before the meeting. It’s a lottery. It’s limited to five people to speak for three minutes, and the luck of the Irish – St. Patrick’s Day – I was one of the five.”
Kelly has clashed with Lightfoot several times after she sought to “prevent anyone from questioning her about her multiple failures in office or about [her] false statements” in last year’s lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, Kelly had caused “great embarrassment” for the embattled Mayor by asking tough questions.
But on Wednesday, Kelly got the chance to tell the Mayor what he thought of her.
“I used to be sitting over there with my colleagues, but I’m standing over here,” he said, pointing toward the press pool. “You told me that crime was down, my videos went viral, amassed millions likes and shares, and it was hurting your re-election campaign, so you revoked my media credential.”
Lightfoot failed to respond to Kelly’s comments.
The reporter said he is in the process of writing a book to encapsulate the experiences of Chicagoans who Lightfoot’s administration has wronged.
“I felt like I had to do that [confront Lightfoot] because so many Chicagoans have told me they feel like I’m speaking for them, and they never had their voices heard,” Kelly said.