Video: “Who gotta go? Rahm gotta go!”

posted at 7:01 pm on December 30, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

So far Rahm Emanuel himself does not agree, but the surging demand for his resignation as Chicago’s mayor came literally to his doorstep yesterday. Protesters angry over the cover-up of the Laquan McDonald shooting protested outside Emanuel’s house yesterday, chanting and holding a press conference that declared Emanuel’s recent efforts at reform to be too late. In a signal of just how bad it has become in Chicago for Barack Obama’s former chief of staff, one of the protest leaders outside his house used to serve on Emanuel’s anti-violence campaigns, according to the Chicago Tribune (via NewsAlert):

A small group of protesters gathered outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s North Side home Tuesday, when he was expected to cut short a family vacation in Cuba so he could tend to another high-profile police-involved shooting.

About two dozen activists chanted “Who gotta go? Rahm gotta go!” outside Emanuel’s three-story colonial house in the Ravenswood community. Four uniformed police officers stood guard.

“Today, we’re asking you, right in front your house, for Rahm Emanuel to step down,” said activist Ja’Mal Green, who until recently participated in the mayor’s anti-violence campaigns. “A real leader knows when to step down and when you can allow someone else to lead.”

The protests over the McDonald shooting and the refusal to release the video until after Emanuel’s re-election have not yet faded away, and now another police shooting has set the city on edge. Police responding to a domestic disturbance shot and killed an unarmed 19-year-old engineering student and the family’s 55-year-old neighbor in what they describe as an “accident.” The neighbor got shot while opening the door for police:

The father of Quintonio LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student shot and killed by a Chicago police officer, is suing the city and alleging his son was wrongfully killed during the holiday break.

The shooting claimed the lives of LeGrier and the family’s 55-year-old neighbor, Bettie Jones, in what authorities described as an “accident.” Jones was struck by the gunfire during a domestic disturbance call in the Austin neighborhood Saturday.

It’s unclear what prompted the unidentified officer to open fire, though a 911 call stated LeGrier was a “little agitated” while wielding a baseball bat.

Relatives claimed the engineering student, who was home during his break from Northern Illinois University, was dealing with a mental health problem.

As Antonio LeGreir’s son lay dying from a gunshot wound in the foyer of their apartment, the father said he was forced to leave “his dying son and family” and answer to detectives at a district station.

Al Sharpton has seen enough. He told the Morning Joe panel that “he’s gone beyond the point where he can even govern,” and has lost the trust of his constituents. Sharpton took a veiled slap at Emanuel for going on vacation — to Cuba — in the middle of this crisis:

So Sharpton threw Emanuel under the bus, and Rahm’s losing his allies in the city. Why haven’t Obama and Hillary Clinton weighed in on their close friend and political ally? Here’s a better question: why haven’t the national media demanded answers from Obama and Hillary about Rahm? They run to every Republican candidate to demand a response to every occasional inanity uttered by people who only share their party affiliation. Why won’t the media demand answers about Rahm from two of his closest political allies and friends? You get three guesses, and the first two don’t count.


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Rahm, obama, Hillary and Jeb

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2015 at 7:03 PM

The guy is safe as a kitten. He still has the Chicago Machine behind him.

Some bused in professional protesters aren’t changing anything.

Moesart on December 30, 2015 at 7:03 PM

LOL. Thugs whining about their chosen thugmaster.

Suck it, losers.

Pork-Chop on December 30, 2015 at 7:06 PM

Cozmo!

IDontCair on December 30, 2015 at 7:10 PM

Rahm should go, forthwith, and a real man of the People; honest, with integrity to burn and a history of selfless service to the country, Al Sharpton. *erp*

vnvet on December 30, 2015 at 7:11 PM

I live in Chicago. Rahm, for all his faults, is lightyears better than any alternative (e. g. Karen “GIMMEDAT” Lewis). Few people are worked up about a violent, knife-welding, high-as-a-kite teenager who was chasing people down the street. Those calling for his resignation include a small percentage of blacks who subscribe to BLM-type propaganda, and residents who have issues with other decisions he’s made. Your average middle manager downtown is perfectly fine letting Rahm hang around.

ChicagoJewishGuy on December 30, 2015 at 7:12 PM

Why was he in Cuba?

OmahaConservative on December 30, 2015 at 7:13 PM

Shoulda added,”..take Rahms place – on the gibbet.”

vnvet on December 30, 2015 at 7:13 PM

Why was he in Cuba?

OmahaConservative on December 30, 2015 at 7:13 PM

He’s still a Dem with a national profile, and apparently Cuba’s the “in” thing these days.

ChicagoJewishGuy on December 30, 2015 at 7:14 PM

“And who we gonna put in? Another Dem”

Definition of insanity

The Notorious G.O.P on December 30, 2015 at 7:18 PM

Why was he in Cuba?

OmahaConservative on December 30, 2015 at 7:13 PM

I think he has family there.

Johnnyreb on December 30, 2015 at 7:22 PM

Al should go into Jesse’s background and start a riotin’.

RickB on December 30, 2015 at 7:28 PM

Al should go into Jesse’s backyard ground and start a riotin’.

FIFM

RickB on December 30, 2015 at 7:29 PM

It’s so cute how these persons of color think that the party of the klan actually cares about them. That’s what you get for just voting for the D. I suggest you guys invest in some preparation H futures because this won’t be the last time the demiklan party leaves you feeling butthurt

bbinfl on December 30, 2015 at 7:32 PM

The guy is safe as a kitten. He still has the Chicago Machine behind him.

Some bused in professional protesters aren’t changing anything.

Moesart on December 30, 2015 at 7:03 PM

And no media storm to deal with either.

galvestonian on December 30, 2015 at 7:36 PM

“Progressive” is Orwellian for Regressive.

VorDaj on December 30, 2015 at 7:40 PM

You want someone out of office? You vote him out. This “We demand dis! We demand dat!” crap doesnt work.

Blake on December 30, 2015 at 7:47 PM

About two dozen activists chanted “Who gotta go? Rahm gotta go!” outside Emanuel’s three-story colonial house in the Ravenswood community.

Shouldn’t that be Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Rahm’s gotta go! or is that too old school.

RickB on December 30, 2015 at 7:50 PM

Your average middle manager downtown is perfectly fine letting Rahm hang around.

ChicagoJewishGuy on December 30, 2015 at 7:12 PM

Yeah, but they don’t show up on the evening news unless they get attacked at an L Station.

Fallon on December 30, 2015 at 7:51 PM

Al Sharpton has seen enough.

everyone, remain calm and make your way to the shelters

Axe on December 30, 2015 at 7:52 PM

I read earlier this afternoon that the police will be armed with tasers to minimize the problem.

onlineanalyst on December 30, 2015 at 7:54 PM

Why was he in Cuba?

OmahaConservative on December 30, 2015 at 7:13 PM

Like the Obamas, the Emanuels go on elaborate family vacations every year. Last year, they went to Chile.

Prior Emanuel vacations have included trips to Vietnam and to South America. The Emanuels also went skiing in Utah, a vacation that took place in March 2013 as the mayor’s hand-picked Board of Education voted to close dozens of Chicago public schools.

Staying home is for plebeians.

Fallon on December 30, 2015 at 7:55 PM

I’m sure the mayor can locate a bathroom without their help.

chimney sweep on December 30, 2015 at 7:58 PM

I am sick of our spreading “demands” culture, but am delighted to see it applied to a leftist like Emanuel.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 30, 2015 at 7:58 PM

Rahm’s going nowhere. And that pathetic little show outside his house was some of the worst acting I’ve seen in a long time.

WhirledPeas on December 30, 2015 at 8:02 PM

Expecting the MSM to hold Rahm’s feet to the fire in 3…2…1…0…
-1…-2…-3…

orangemtl on December 30, 2015 at 8:08 PM

“Who gotta go? Rahm gotta go!”

Products of a broken, but expensive school system…

Fallon on December 30, 2015 at 8:11 PM

Elect a Dem.
Get robbed and pillaged by the Dem and his cronies.
Elect another one.
More robbery and pillaging by the same bunch.
Rinse; repeat.
Welcome to Chicago. Where people deserve themselves.

Left after 50 years. Waited decades too long.

orangemtl on December 30, 2015 at 8:13 PM

(standing behind podium, clenching a moderate-sized, sharp pointed knife in right hand, with the point going downward … now brings the knife point down hard on the top of the podium…)

Rahm Emanuel … DEAD…
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The preceding comment is a parody replay of what Rahm Emanuel did, after Obama won the 2008 election. Before an audience, he brought the knife point down on top of the podium, while calling out the names of various people, one at a time, pronouncing each one “dead”, each time the knife came down.

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Will I get banned for this? … We’ll see…

listens2glenn on December 30, 2015 at 8:20 PM

killed an unarmed 19-year-old engineering student

a 911 call stated LeGrier was a “little agitated” while wielding a baseball bat.

I’m confused- was he “wielding a baseball bat”, or was he “unarmed”? If he had a bat that wouldn’t necessarily mean the police were right to shoot, but it would mean he wasn’t unarmed- and that changes the equation significantly.

Which was it? Unarmed or armed with a bat? It seems like that would be a significant piece of the puzzle.

Komsomoletz on December 30, 2015 at 8:20 PM

Twis zee season, for Rhams political season, to be over!

And, Liberal bullsh*tting, only goes so far,
before they/them/those/ and “You People” wise
up, at DeCietFul Democrat trickery!!!!

canopfor on December 30, 2015 at 8:25 PM

Are these protesters anti-Semitic?

Walter L. Newton on December 30, 2015 at 8:35 PM

It’s high time Chicago got a black mayor.

supersport667 on December 30, 2015 at 8:35 PM

I am sick of our spreading “demands” culture, but am delighted to see it applied to a leftist like Emanuel.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 30, 2015 at 7:58 PM

Chickens.
Roost.
Some assembly required.

AesopFan on December 30, 2015 at 8:39 PM

It’s high time Chicago got a black mayor.

supersport667 on December 30, 2015 at 8:35 PM

Harold Washington and Eugene Sawyer didn’t count?

Fallon on December 30, 2015 at 8:43 PM

Are these protesters anti-Semitic?

Walter L. Newton on December 30, 2015 at 8:35 PM

Walter L. Newton: Only if there were attacks, by car-ramming or
Stab-Stabby(sarc):)

canopfor on December 30, 2015 at 8:46 PM

Listens2glenn. No, you wont be banned. But TBSchemer may report you to ED and AP……

Indiana Jim on December 30, 2015 at 8:51 PM

John Kass:

Anyone paying attention to local crime for the past few years knows that Chicago police, for all their structural defects and insularity, aren’t responsible for the vast majority of the bloodshed that has torn apart families, robbing parents of their children or children of their parents.

But it was a recent shooting of a Dunbar Vocational Career Academy student and the virtual silence about the school’s slain students that made me appreciate just how inconsequential a young black life in Chicago can seem.

Sitting in a rapidly gentrifying pocket of Bronzeville on the South Side, the high school has lost several students to violence in recent years, including a bloody six-day stretch last July when three teenagers were killed in separate incidents.

Let that sink in…

Fallon on December 30, 2015 at 8:53 PM

My bad. John Kass shared the link. The article was written by William Lee.

Fallon on December 30, 2015 at 8:54 PM

Can obama run for mayor after being president????

Indiana Jim on December 30, 2015 at 9:01 PM

listens2glenn. No, you wont be banned.

But TBSchemer may report you to ED and AP……
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Indiana Jim on December 30, 2015 at 8:51 PM

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Am I the only one who remembers that action, on the part of Rahm Emanuel?

Here’s a Huffpo link about it.

listens2glenn on December 30, 2015 at 9:04 PM

Listens2glenn. Wasnt Emmanuel also famous for mailing dead fish to his enemies???

Indiana Jim on December 30, 2015 at 9:08 PM

Sorry listens, just read your link

Indiana Jim on December 30, 2015 at 9:10 PM

Emmanuel is a scumbag through and through, and he’s half as smart as he thinks he is, but he has to be thanking his lucky stars that the attacks against him come from people named Ja’Mal and Quintonio.

Move on, folks…nothing to see here. Just some retarded gangsters littering the streets.

Jaibones on December 30, 2015 at 11:15 PM

Sorry listens, just read your link
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Indiana Jim on December 30, 2015 at 9:10 PM

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No problem … you’re good.

listens2glenn on December 31, 2015 at 12:24 AM

If the protesters really, really want Rahm to go, all they have to do is threaten to sit out the 2016 election. It would probably take at least until Spring to convince the powers that be above the mayor’s office that they’re serious, but if the Democrats actually think Hillary could lose Illinois and they could lose what they’re assuming right now is a sure pick-up of Mark Kirk’s Senate seat due to the absence of minority voter turnout in Chicago, then there will be pressure from above for Emanuel to ‘spend more time with his family’ in the latter part of 2016.

Rahm isn’t leaving just because Al Sharpton calls on him to leave on MSNBC, because Rahm knows that no one watches MSNBC to begin with, while others in Chicago also know right now the protests are coming from people to the left of Rahm Emmanuel. So there isn’t going to be a groundswell of support, because odds are whoever came after Rahm would actually make Chicago’s crime rate worse by misidentifying the problem. He’s staying up to the point Team Clinton and other Chicago Dems want him to go because they fear for their own job security if he doesn’t.

jon1979 on December 31, 2015 at 12:27 AM

What a convoluted clusterfark!

Sherman1864 on December 31, 2015 at 1:04 AM

Why was he in Cuba?
OmahaConservative

Yeah, there’s that!

Sherman1864 on December 31, 2015 at 1:06 AM

Popcorn, popcorn… Definitely need more popcorn.

307wolverine on December 31, 2015 at 7:13 AM

It’s high time Chicago got a black CONSERVATIVE mayor.

supersport667 on December 30, 2015 at 8:35 PM

Washington and Sawyer were awesome mayors /s

Maybe we should elected qualified people here, instead of Democrat or skin tone? It would be a refreshing change.

herm2416 on December 31, 2015 at 9:51 AM

Popcorn, popcorn… Definitely need more popcorn.

307wolverine on December 31, 2015 at 7:13 AM

Preferably, Garrett‘s.

Fallon on December 31, 2015 at 12:08 PM