Emanuel jokes: 'I'm a new, mellow Rahm'
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Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) quipped that he was a “new, mellow Rahm” during remarks Saturday night to the annual Gridiron Club Dinner, according to Axios.

“I’m a new, mellow Rahm. I care about people’s feelings. Before I send anyone a dead fish wrapped in a newspaper, I first ask: Are you vegan?” the former mayor and White House chief of staff said, reportedly introducing himself as “Rahm Emanuel, or as my mother calls me, the doctor’s other brother.”


Emanuel also took jabs at the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field, according to the news outlet, saying "I just turned 60. Which is really an awkward age — 30 years too old to be a wunderkind, and 20 years too young to be running for president.”

"You know what Mike Bloomberg calls Tom SteyerTom SteyerTV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month Inslee calls Biden climate plan 'perfect for the moment' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration finalizes plan to open up Alaska wildlife refuge to drilling | California finalizes fuel efficiency deal with five automakers, undercutting Trump | Democrats use vulnerable GOP senators to get rare win on environment MORE and Andrew YangAndrew YangDoctor who allegedly assaulted Evelyn Yang arrested on federal charges The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden weighs in on police shootings | Who's moderating the debates | Trump trails in post-convention polls Buttigieg launches his own podcast MORE? The working poor," he added.

The former mayor reportedly concluded on a more serious note, saying “And even though more than half of the reporters in this room have been on the other end of one of my profanity-laced tirades, I am proud and honored to stand with you on behalf of the free press … And anyone who wants to destroy that precious freedom — well, as we like to say in Chicago, they can go f--- themselves."

Emanuel served two terms as mayor and had planned on seeking a third in 2019, but reversed himself in September 2018 amid low approval ratings driven in large part by a large drop in support over his handling of the police shooting of Laquan MacDonald, an unarmed black 17-year-old.