The slogan “Let’s go Brandon” is not what it sounds like. With the anti-gun radical Brandon Johnson making it to the run-off election for Chicago Mayor, sane Chicago residents ought to be chanting it relentlessly among their friends and neighbors. Why? Well, if the “defund the police” measures taking by Lori Lightfoot seem bad, Johnson’s got a whole new set of ideas.
For more of the history behind “Let’s Go Brandon” Mark Dice has it here. It’s not exactly safe for work. It is Mark Dice, after all. But it is funny.
See, in 2020, “Let’s Go Brandon” Johnson didn’t think “defunding the police” went far enough. He wanted to zero-out police budgets and do without the police.
What’s more, he wasn’t just some nobody teacher. He was an elected member of the Cook County board representing a crime-ridden district within Murder City USA.
Johnson, backed today with millions of dollars from the Chicago teachers union, also defending the orgy of looting and violence in 2020 as “an outbreak of incredible frustration” with “a failed racist system.”
And businesses unhappy over being looted and burned? Eh, they got insurance, Brandon said, brimming with compassion for them.
Of course, normal citizens in Chicago have seen what defunding the police and fewer cops on the streets has done for crime in the Windy City. They’re turning to the Second Amendment to protect themselves and their families.
Meanwhile, Let’s go Brandon Johnson rails against gun rights for the little people.
“I never said defund the police”
This week Johnson is claiming, “I never said, defund the police.” But that’s not what the record shows. Confronted directly in last week’s Chicago mayoral debate, Johnson sidestepped any explanation of his 2020 comment – shown on video during the debate – that defunding police is not “a slogan, it’s an actual real political goal.”
Those comments by Johnson were one of a series of remarks that were either at odds with maintaining present funding levels for law enforcement, or that excused looting.
In 2020, as a Cook County Commissioner Johnson said, “Reducing the sheriff’s budget is a case that I believe that we want…There is no number big enough.”
That year speaking at an panel titled “We Don’t Call Police: A Town Hall on a Police-Free Future,” Johnson said, “part of it is removing ourselves away from this, you know, state-sponsored policing, but also the tools that have been placed against Black folks that have been used violently, whether it’s policing, or administering standardized tests, or … around how white supremacy finds its way in every facet of our lives, that we have to fight and resist that.”
Looting stemmed from “frustration and anguish”
In a WGN-TV interview as the city reeled from Michigan Avenue looting and rioting in summer 2020, Johnson also defended looting as “an outbreak of incredible frustration and anguish” tied to “a failed racist system.”
Chicago was becoming a national case study in failed leadership during the urban crime crisis that began after Floyd’s death. Eighteen people were killed in Chicago in one day on May 31 as rioters, looters, and shooters ran free citywide. That same day, neighborhood business districts were attacked by bands of organized criminals. Some backed up large rented trucks to buildings targeted for looting. Others removed and busted open ATMs. Some raided pharmacies for prescription drugs…
There’s a lot to weigh. Reported major crimes in Chicago so far in 2023 are 49 percent higher than last year, while district-level beat cops are down 19 percent from 2019. Chicago in 2022 led the nation in number of murders for the 11th year in a row.
On thing’s for sure, sane voters in Chicago are no doubt saying, “Let’s go Brandon” and not in a good way. Voters will get the final word in the first week in April.
For now at least, the law-and-order candidate Paul Vallas is leading by only 6%.
With 16% of people polled reporting their status as “undecided,” there remains a very strong potential that Chicagoans could get four years of radically defunded policing. And boy, won’t that be a hoot.
Except for the dead, and victims of crime, and the people who lose their jobs to businesses fleeing the nation’s largest open-air shooting range.