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.”

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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.