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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot entered a press briefing Thursday dressed up as a fictional coronavirus-battling heroine while an uptick of residents are shot in the city streets.
Donning a "Clorox wipes ensemble" and armed with Lysol spray, Lightfoot launched the outlandish stunt to announce that Chicago will still celebrate a safe and healthy Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The mayor's masked costume complete with a red cape was followed suit by the city Department of Public Health commissioner Allison Arwady sporting a matching "Germ-X hand sanitizer getup."
An action-packed soundtrack overlaid the comic book duo's entrance as they handed out trick-or-treat candy from plastic jack-o'-lantern to members of the media present at the presser. The crime-stopping pair then paused on stage for a photo opportunity, flexing and striking superhero poses.
"So guess what we're here to talk about today," Lightfoot took to the cobweb-covered podium and acknowledged her "partner-in-crime." Spoiler: the city officials did not talk about the highest rise in homicides last month since 1993, a plague Lightfoot has yet to battle in hand-to-hand combat.
According to newly-released statistics reported by WTTW, the Chicago Police Department recorded 81 homicides in September that the Windy City witnessed. 309 shooting incidents and 400 victims accompanied record-breaking fatalities. Homicides in 2020 are up 50 percent compared to 2019 and shootings are at a 51 percent increase, remaining well above last year's figures.
Lightfoot fired back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday night after he alleged that her city is a hotbed of violence during the presidential debate against former Vice President Joe Biden. Lightfoot told Trump to "keep 'Chicago' out of your lying mouth."
This isn't the first time Lightfoot dug into her old bag of tricks. The mayoral-appointed "Census Cowboy" was charged with animal cruelty for torturing his injured horse on a seven-mile shoeless run down the Dan Ryan Expressway last Monday. The horse, NuNu, was reportedly in critical condition and faced euthanization. Veterinarians compared the animal's cruel ride with "forcing an 80-year-old woman to run a full marathon."