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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot caught breaking own COVID mandates ... again

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Chicago's left-wing Democratic mayor, Lori Lightfoot, found herself in hot water after posting a photo of herself violating her own city and state mask requirements Sunday night. Lest anyone think this was just an innocent slip-up by the Windy City mayor who has a penchant for telling her subjects how to live during the pandemic and for touting "science," this was far from being the first time Lightfoot has shown hypocrisy when it comes to her own rules:

  • Most infamous of Lightfoot's hypocritical moves was her decision in April 2020 to get a haircut after banning barbers and salons from opening during the early months of the pandemic. She defended the move by telling critics, "I'm the public face of this city." And despite photo evidence to the contrary, she claimed that somehow she and the woman who cut her hair were "practicing social distancing."
  • Her haircut appointment also appeared to violate her own stay-at-home orders, for which she said the city would "cite," "arrest," and jail violators. The mayor's crackdown on stay-at-home scofflaws also appears to fly in the face of her own administration's lack of crackdowns on violent crime — much of which she has actually blamed on guns.
  • Lightfoot repeatedly warned against gathering in large crowds. She even blasted a "Reopen Illinois" rally for daring to violate Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order. But in November she defied the state's commands and joined hundreds of people in the streets of Chicago to celebrate Biden's win while not wearing a mask. The celebration came just two days after she issued a stay-at-home "advisory" and as COVID cases were spiking in the city.
  • This summer, as the Delta variant surged, Lightfoot allowed Lollapalooza to take place in her city and claimed that 90% of festival attendees showed proof of vaccination or negative tests, despite witnesses and video footage indicating that people were not actually being checked. Lightfoot allowed the festival to take place even though she had threatened only days before to impose restrictions in the city if people didn't get their act together as Chicago cases surged.

Now Lightfoot is under fire after posting a photo of herself violating the city's mask mandate during the Chicago Sky's WNBA championship victory Sunday.

As the Sky took the league title over the Phoenix Mercury in Chicago, Lightfoot was packed into Wintrust Arena with other fans for the game, Fox News reported.

After the Sky won, the mayor posted a photo to Twitter showing her celebrating the team without wearing a mask — while surrounded by scores of masked fans. Her move violated both her city mask mandates and the state's mask requirement.

"What a moment. Congrats champs!" Lightfoot wrote in the tweet accompanying the photo evidence of her masklessness.

According to Wintrust Arena, fans are required to wear masks at all time, except when eating or drinking, Fox News said. Lightfoot was neither eating nor drinking.

The mayor's office did not respond to the outlet's request for comment.

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