A couple of outlets have weighed in on the Chicago election results, where votes from the Windy City’s highest crime neighborhoods put Brandon (Let’s go Brandon!) Johnson on top of the law-and-order candidate Paul Vallas in the run-off election for Mayor. Ironically, the people who have suffered the most under Lightfoot elected someone who makes Lightfoot look like a moderate.
Here’s the piece from Trending Politics:
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the Windy City, there is yet another election that will have residents blowing out for greener pastures.
Brandon Johnson, a radical socialist candidate, defeated moderate Democrat Paul Vallas in the race to replace Chicago mayor/Beetlejuice-lookalike Lori Lightfoot.
As noted by journalist Andy Ngo, Johnson had called for “removing law enforcement from society. During the 2020 riots, he defended looters, saying they were lashing out against racism…”
The crime wave had played a major role in Lightfoot becoming the first Chicago mayor in four decades to lose a re-election bid.
But it looks like Chicago will be electing a candidate who is even more radical than Lightfoot to replace her.
Brandon Johnson has lied about his positions on the failed Democratic Party policy known as “defund the police.”
Johnson had claimed, “I never said, defund the police.” But he avoided explaining his 2020 comment when he was shown on video during a debate saying that defunding police is not “a slogan, it’s an actual real political goal.”
The incoming mayor also believes in structural racism and seeks “equity” through $800 million more in local taxes to benefit black and Latino communities and reduce crime.
By: Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
…So Chicagoans kicked out Lightfoot. Change was possible.
But what Chicagoans voted for on April 4 was someone more extreme and exactly opposite of what the city needed.
To reduce Chicago’s nation-high homicide rate, Chicago needed a new mayor willing to take on Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s unwillingness to prosecute dangerous criminals. A mayor willing to challenge Judge Tim Evans’ decarcerationist agenda. A mayor willing to jam shut the system’s revolving door for criminals.
Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson won’t do any of that. Instead, look for him to embrace the policies of Foxx and Evans. In his own words, he’s for defunding the police and defends looting as “an outbreak of incredible frustration and anguish” tied to “a failed racist system.”
Watch for police morale to fall further, for criminals to be emboldened and for crime to continue to spike in Chicago.
To improve Chicago’s dismal educational outcomes – only 1 in 20 black students at CPS can do math at grade level – the city needed a new mayor to champion math and reading proficiency as well as educational excellence, merit and achievement. You won’t get that from Brandon Johnson and his Chicago Teachers Union. Johnson has already said that as a teacher he pushed to eliminate standards, stopped giving homework, and reduced test prep as a way of “rebelling against the structure.” For him, the concept of “equity,” not excellence, will dominate, and kids will lose.
Watch for student outcomes to worsen as standards are removed.
And as for the city’s economic climate and business friendliness, Chicago needed a new mayor who would make the city affordable again by growing the tax base, not the tax rate. Who would encourage companies to come to the city, not lambast them as a cause of social ills.
Johnson will do the opposite. He’s promised to target businesses and the wealthy to pay for his social programming. We’ve already seen leaders in business and finance – like Ken Griffin and Citadel and Boeing – leave. Don’t be surprised to see a continued, steady outflow. The damage could be deep.
The silver lining in all this? A few years under Johnson may finally push the center left in Chicago to finally give a reformer the support of 50 percent plus one.
The question is, how bad of a hit will Chicago have taken during that time? To its safety. To its social cohesion. To its finances. To its population. To its economic base…