To say that this has not been a good week for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is putting it much too mildly. Since the Laquan McDonald video showing a white Chicago police officer shooting and killing the black teenager was made public, Emanuel has been accused of taking a major role in covering up the story for the past 14 months. Now, faced with an interview which he likely thought he would have ample opportunity to try to defend himself, he was irritated once again, according to a Yahoo! News report on Wednesday.
While being interviewed by Mike Allen of Politico, Allen got off-topic and asked the mayor why he planned to take his family to Cuba for vacation this year. Visibly and vocally sounding upset with the question, Emanuel went off on Allen. Emanuel sarcastically thanked Allen for telling everybody what he is going to do with his family on vacation. He pointed out to Allen that he had just had a private conversation with him, and now he decided to make that private conversation public. He then was quite honest and non-sarcastic by stating, “I really don’t appreciate that!” He followed up by saying that he was expressing to him now, publicly, his personal displeasure with what Allen having divulged his personal vacation plans.
Emanuel didn’t stop there. Then he said that his wife would kill him for what Allen has revealed. He went as far as asking Allen for his cell phone number so he could apologize to his wife, Amy Rule, directly. He asked Allen, “Can you give me your cell number because I’d like you to listen to Amy. I don’t know if you know this, but it’s not going to work.”
Emanuel finally answered Allen’s question by saying that he takes his children on a vacation every year to different parts of the world just as he was taken by his father when he was a child. He said he likes to have his children exposed to different cultures. He likes his children to see how others live. On Wednesday, when asked if he would resign as it has been suggested that he do by the New York Times editorial board, he was further irritated by the line of interview questioning. He indicated that he had no intention of resigning, according to Time. Emanuel fired Chicago Superintendent of Police Garry McCarthy on Tuesday. Like Emanuel, there are calls for State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to step down as well, due to the 14-month delay in the release of the Laquan McDonald video. The delay in releasing the video was an alleged cover-up whieh some claim assisted Emanuel in getting re-elected.