Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) has become the new face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic for her stern no-nonsense attitude. Memes of the mayor chastising crowds have swept the internet after she confirmed that she had personally driven around last week telling people gathered outside to social distance or go home.
Seriously, Auntie Lori ain’t here to play.
“I personally drove around yesterday, and I was up on the North Side, in the 50th Ward, and I’ll continue to do that,” Lightfoot said at a press conference on Wednesday. “I told people that I saw gathering in clusters not abiding by the social distancing rules to break it up. Yes. And I’ll continue to do that.”
“I mean what I say: We have to protect ourselves. We have to be smart about what we’re doing in the course of this pandemic. And if it means that I drive around and check whether people are in compliance, I’m happy to do it.”
She said people were surprised to see her stop and lay down the law. Yes, she’s the mom who will actually turn the car around and go home when she’s angry.
“The other night I think we literally broke up an underage drinking party,” Lightfoot told Cameron, according to the Chicago Tribune. “There were some young folks that were in a garage with the door up, it was a beautiful night, we pulled by and I told the driver, ‘Back up,’ rolled down the window and said, ‘Hey, you’re too close. Separate yourself. Social distancing!’”
After Danny Martinez kicked off the viral craze, Lightfoot credited him with bringing some humor to her days.
“Like in any difficult time, I think we’ve gotta have a sense of balance, and humor is a part of it,” she told Book Club Chicago. “I’ve actually enjoyed them. We’ve acted out a few in my household at night, which I’ll keep to myself.”
“What it shows is the creativity of people in this city, in this region, that despite these dire circumstances, and this virus is deadly serious, that we can also see the lighter side of life, what makes us a vibrant and interesting and innovative and creative community,” the mayor said. “So I love ’em.”
The mayor has even joined in the fun and has started retweeting her favorites.
— Mayor Lightfoot #StayHomeSaveLives (@chicagosmayor) April 10, 2020
Lori Lightfoot memes > Tiger King memes pic.twitter.com/Eio1bWZNL3
— Matt Marque (@mattmarque) April 4, 2020
— JG Gomez (@anartisanthing) April 3, 2020
I say Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot. She’s a tough black woman- and she’s openly gay. She’s had a few choice words for him during this whole thing. Plus lots of fun memes. #StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/pWkYdGL04t
— Barbara Christoph BS RDH (@BarbPedsRDH) April 8, 2020
These Lori Lightfoot memes are so hilarious 🤣🤣🤣😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/IIhmL563nZ
— Jason Knight (@jasonskyknight) April 2, 2020
this is all i have to say 😌 Lori Lightfoot Memes 😂 pic.twitter.com/vyfUeBcsPe
— emily (@emily_grandtt) April 9, 2020
Ok, who did this? https://t.co/q6weof9Aiu
— Mayor Lightfoot #StayHomeSaveLives (@chicagosmayor) April 4, 2020