Former NFL safety Jack Brewer blasted an ad from Democrat Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot that boasts of her record on combatting crime, calling the “manipulation,” in the ad “demonic” and akin to “witchcraft.”
Brewer, who supported former President Donald Trump, made his remarks in an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, who commented that the ad touted the fact that crime was under control before playing a section of it for Brewer to react to.
“But on crime, Mayor Lightfoot’s got a plan,” the ad claims. “When it comes to new strategies, new technology, Lightfoot’s invested more than any mayor. Those are facts. Anyone who says there’s simple solutions is lying.”
“It’s manipulation,” Brewer began. “I think that is the issue we face right now in cities like Chicago and all over the country is that many of our leaders have the audacity not to address these issues.”
Brew added that he was shocked to see how many young people were committing violent crimes.
“You hear the stories of these poor people, whether they’re store owners, or just folks trying to live their lives, sending their kids to school every day,” he continued. “I’ve been in two prisons this week. I was actually in a juvenile facility yesterday. To see the spike in juvenile crime, in gun violence, it really is depressing. I must admit, I was blown away by the number of violent crimes happening by kids at such a young age.”
The former NFL player added that Chicago was where the problem of violence in the U.S. was at its worst.
“And Chicago is the epicenter of this disaster,” he said. “And so for Lori Lightfoot to get on TV and to run an ad like this that manipulates so many people, it’s disheartening. It’s sickening. Manipulation is witchcraft. This is something that is demonic, spiritually, for you not to really have the love in your heart for the people who live in that great city. Enough is enough.”
By the end of October, violent crime had risen in Chicago 37% in 2022 with over 2,300 shooting incidents reported.
Lightfoot said she endorsed a plan that would tie her salary, as well as those of the mayor, city clerk and treasurer, to inflation. The pay raise would be capped at 5% and could take effect in 2024.