Last week on MSNBC host Ed Schultz’s radio show, Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, indulged in one of her favorite habits: Ridiculously overheated rhetoric. Regarding Mayor Emanuel’s recent decision to close about 54 Chicago schools, Lewis said:
I don’t know what to tell you. I do not understand this man. I don’t understand how he can continue to lie to the public and say, you know, we’re doing this for the good of the kids, for the good of the kids. You know, he’s the murder mayor and we have a serious murder problem ‘cause we have a serious gang problem.And he has been completely delusional about how to solve that problem. He does not want to deal with the fact that we need a different approach. And, um, you know, the key is, if you keep bringing in people that tell you what you want to hear, you don’t ever have to hear a competing vision.
So, his real problem is that he’s in the middle of a murder epidemic, he is murdering schools now, he’s been murdering middle-class and working-class jobs every chance he can get.