Tensions rose Thursday between the White House and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot after press secretary Kayleigh McEnany referred to Lightfoot as a "derelict mayor."
Lightfoot hit back at McEnany by sharing a post from Time Magazine reporter Brian Bennett along with the words, "Hey, Karen. Watch your mouth."
McEnany made the comment about Lightfoot during a morning press briefing when a reporter asked her a question regarding the coronavirus and President Trump's top priorities.
"There are other things the president has to focus on: namely, Democrat cities not controlling their streets; namely, the mayor of Chicago — people dying... on the streets of her city every weekend," McEnany said. "...I've listed for you the names of these kids who have died across this country. It is unacceptable, and under this president, he'll take action. And the derelict mayor of Chicago should step up and ask for federal help because she's doing a very poor job at securing her streets."
McEnany responded to Lightfoot's tweet with a post of her own, focusing again on the violence that has gripped Chicago the past month.
Many Twitter users were quick to defend McEnany, pointing to the recent eruption of violence under Lightfoot's leadership.
? More than 1,900 people have been shot in Chicago this year, more than 550 than at this time in 2019.