Clip mistakenly suggests Chicago mayor supports New World Order
The Claim: Music Video Shows Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Promoting “New World Order Allegiance”
A clip out of context published by the Charlie Kirk Show has led some Facebook users to link Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to a centuries-old conspiracy theory about the “new world order.”
Seen about 80,000 times on To scold From September 28 to 30, the 40-second clip features Lightfoot talking about the choice of agency and department heads who are “Pledge allegiance to the new world order and good governance”.
Many commentators took the quote as a sign of his support for the “new world order,” a phrase related to the conspiracy theory that global elites will take over the world and create a totalitarian government, currency and religion.
“It’s in the Bible in Revelation”, a user commented. “We can see the prophecy come true before our eyes. Some still do not believe it.”
Another user wrote, “We need her and other radical politicians who are trying to force our country into the ‘New World Order’ and send them all to GITMO to have their world order there.”
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In total, more than 4,400 users commented in two days on the clip titled “Lori Lightfoot on the importance of submitting to the ‘new world order'”.
But Lightfoot doesn’t talk about world domination in the clip, she just uses an idiom.
The full transcript and video of it April 2019 interview with the Chicago Tribune show she talks about how to eliminate alderman prerogative, an old informal rule that allowed one in 50 city councilors to block a proposal in a vote.
USA TODAY has solicited comments from Kirk, who is also chairman of the conservative youth activist group Turning Point USA and chairman of Students for Trump.
Lightfoot discussing changes to city council voting conventions
Some viewers of the clip posted by the Charlie Kirk Show Suppose Lightfoot is talking about an international plot when she says “new world order”, but she is actually using an idiom to refer to the much more local issue of the Alderman prerogative.
In practice, Chicago city council members could veto city government or city council actions that affected their neighborhood, even if they were the only person opposed. Lightfoot campaigned on the promise that it would eliminate the practice, which dates back to the mid-19th century, according to the Chicago Encyclopedia.
Where the clip resumes, she explains that to fulfill this promise, she will appoint administrators and assistants to the city’s licensing departments who will not adhere to the Alderman privilege, Chicago Tribune transcript and video clips spectacle.
“The way the Alderman prerogative works is that there has to be conformity with the executive branch, because otherwise it doesn’t work,” his sentence begins in the full interview. “So you have to eliminate that compliance, and you make it a mandate. And then you do training, especially in the city licensing departments, whether it’s zoning, buildings, housing, planning, and you choose the people who run those agencies and the MPs who pledge allegiance to the new world order and good governance. “
The viral clip cuts off the word “aldermanic” at the beginning and does not refer to the interview or the original transcript.
In the same interview, Lightfoot told the Tribune that she wanted to eliminate the privilege because “if I have to go and kiss the alderman ring for everything, for a permit to throw a block party or whatever … this is fundamentally a problem. “
The same clip of Lightfoot circulated among conspiracy theorists in May 2020, according to Associated Press.
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Our note: Missing context
We are reviewing a video clip showing Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot encouraging “New World Order Allegiance” MISSING CONTEXT, as it can be misleading without additional information. The video removes the word “alderman prerogative,” making it unclear that Lightfoot was discussing a Chicago practice allowing city council members to veto the proposals. She used the phrase “new world order” as an idiom and not in accordance with the conspiracy theory for world domination.
Our sources of fact-checking:
- Chicago Tribune, April 5, 2019, Lori Lightfoot Unfiltered: Full Tribune Q&A with Chicago Mayor-Elect
- Associated Press, May 14, 2020, Fact Check: Edited Video Shared Online Mistakenly Suggests Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Supports ‘New World Order’ Plot
- The Charlie Kirk Show, September 28 Lori Lightfoot on the importance of submitting to the “new world order” (archived here)
- The Independent, September 9 ‘New world order’: Conspiracy theorists unite as Australian health chief uses term at press conference
- UNITED STATES TODAY, April 2, 2019, Chicago elects Lori Lightfoot as first gay mayor and first black woman in city history
- Chicago Mayor’s Office, May 20, 2019, Mayor Lightfoot signs first executive order to limit aldermanic prerogative
- Encyclopedia of Chicago, accessed September 30, Alderman privilege
- CBS News, November 5, 2013, Why is the “New World Order” ideology spreading?
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