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Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson blames predecessor, ‘right-wing extremism’ for metropolis woes

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson  blames predecessor, ‘right-wing extremism’ for metropolis woes



If you can’t stand the heat … complain about it.

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson whined Tuesday about “right-wing extremism” and blamed his predecessor, Lori Lightfoot, for the various troubles afflicting the Windy City.

Johnson insisted that he “inherited” the city’s ongoing migrant crisis and accused conservatives of unfairly caricaturing Chicago as a crime-ridden metropolis.

“It is abysmal and it’s an affront for every part that’s good about this nation, for the extremism on this nation to make use of individuals as political instruments to settle political scores for one thing that occurred 400 years in the past,” Johnson stated throughout a riff on public security.

“They’re nonetheless mad {that a} black man is free on this nation,” the mayor went on. “This is nothing new.”

“Everyone is aware of,” Johnson added, “that the right-wing extremism on this nation has focused Democratically run cities, and fairly frankly, they’ve been fairly intentional about going after Democratically ran cities which are led by individuals of shade.”

“And their entire motivation is to create disruption and chaos,” he went on. “This is identical Republican right-wing extremism that stormed the Capitol. It’s the identical right-wing extremism that refuses to simply accept the outcomes of the Civil War. It’s raggedy, it’s disrespectful.” 

According to the newest year-to-date statistics from the Chicago Police Department, total crime complaints have surged by 19%, motorcar theft has shot up 47%, and theft has gone up 25%.

Notably, murders have dipped 12% throughout that timeframe.

The Chicago mayor bristled at conservative narratives about his metropolis being infested with crime. TNS
Brandon Johnson appeared to knock his predecessor for among the issues he “inherited.” Anadolu Agency through Getty Images

Johnson additionally chucked Lightfoot beneath the bus for the migrant drawback and patted himself on the again for steps his administration has taken in response.

“[With] the worldwide disaster that I inherited six months in the past, I’ve made it very clear that we’re going to be sure that we take away individuals out of police districts, girls, kids who’re dwelling on flooring and sleeping exterior, that we’re going to create areas that present extra dignity,” the mayor declared Tuesday.

Since August 2022, greater than 20,000 migrants have poured into the town, partially due to a busing system applied by states like Texas to maneuver them to sanctuary cities.

Chicago, like many US cities, has seen a pointy uptick in migrants beneath the Biden administration. TNS

That inflow has seemingly overwhelmed the town’s social companies. An estimated 68,000 Chicago residents are believed to be homeless.

Johnson credited himself for the “Unity Initiative,” a marketing campaign to shuffle migrants from public areas to church buildings and different places for shelter.

“Did you understand, after I was sworn in in May, the earlier metropolis council didn’t price range for 2023’s migrant mission?” he stated. 

A Chicago police officer cleans up the bloody garments of a gunshot sufferer at a criminal offense scene. REUTERS

“So not solely have we stood up the complete power of presidency in a collaborative manner, we did it with out the earlier metropolis council even offering assets for it.” 

Johnson turned the 57th mayor of Chicago again in May after narrowly successful a contentious runoff over former college superintendent Paul Vallas.

Lightfoot was defeated within the first spherical of voting again in February.



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