Mayor Rahm Emanuel will appear with Democrats in front of the Trump Tower on Thursday afternoon to denounce Donald Trump – marking the first time Emanuel has publicly stepped into the presidential political waters.
Emanuel — who has boasted that he talks to former President Bill Clinton regularly — has attended private fundraisers for Hillary Clinton, but he hasn’t made a major political appearance for the Democratic presidential candidate and longtime friend.
Emanuel is already scheduled to help open the new SC Johnson North American headquarters in the West Loop at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, but after that, he’ll join the bus tour when it stops in front of the Trump Tower, according to mayoral spokesman Adam Collins.
There, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, and candidates for U.S. House of Representatives Brad Schneider and Raja Krishnamoorthi will discuss “why Donald Trump is a dangerous and divisive candidate who has no place in the White House,” according to the Democratic National Committee, which is organizing the event and the “Forward Together’ nationwide bus tour.
Emanuel was noticeably absent during the March primary, as his approval ratings hovered under 30 percent. Bernie Sanders bashed Emanuel in TV ads for his handling of the Laquan McDonald case and frequently made stops in Chicago with Emanuel critic and former mayoral challenger Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Sanders also used Emanuel criticism in his stump speeches.
Emanuel — who served as an adviser to Bill Clinton and chief of staff to President Barack Obama — endorsed Clinton even before she announced her presidential bid.
Clinton worked hard for the African American vote in Chicago, appearing days before the primary. And during the final days before the primary election, Sanders attacked Clinton for being backed by Emanuel — as a way to appeal to African-American voters in Chicago.
Illinois exit polls showed that Clinton secured the overwhelming support of African-American voters, groups her campaign worked especially hard when it seemed that Sanders might win because of his use of Emanuel bashing.