Darren Bailey, the Republican candidate for Illinois governor, called Chicago a “hellhole” twice on Thursday, bringing out Chicagoans’ city pride on Twitter in response.
Bailey, who is running against incumbent Gov. J.B. Pritzker in the general election, appeared late last week at a GOP rally during the Illinois State Fair, where he attacked Chicago and its Democratic leadership for failing to address crime and other issues.
“In Chicago — that once great city —well, it didn’t become a hellhole just because of Lori Lightfoot and Kim Foxx. Starting with J.B. Pritzker, our leaders are all in cahoots, they’re knee deep in corruption, and they don’t care about the working people…”— Tahman Bradley (@tahmanbradley) August 18, 2022
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The “hellhole” jab is a line he introduced in a debate in Chicago nearly three months ago — and it’s become part of his campaign patter since then.
Over one-fifth of the state’s residents live in Chicago.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not leave the comment unchecked, swinging back on Friday against the claim — and that she is partly to blame — by slamming the downstate farmer’s gubernatorial campaign as a “dumpster fire.”
“Chicago is no hellhole, but the Bailey campaign sure is a dumpster fire,” the mayor tweeted.
After Bailey doubled down yet again, Chicagoans on Twitter rose up in their city’s defense.
Here’s how Chicagoans showed off their city: