Mayor Brandon Johnson ‘Smollets’ himself, blames huge loss on Chicago’s Trump supporters

Democratic Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson immediately blamed Trump supporters after his disastrous homeless referendum bombed with voters who enthusiastically gave it the thumbs down.

Chicago is the city known for the notorious “This is MAGA Country” hate crime hoax perpetrated by black actor Jussie Smollett that targeted Trump supporters. It appears that Johnson just “Smolletted” himself.

“On Tuesday, Chicago residents struck down the ‘Bring Chicago Home’ referendum that promised $100 million in new tax revenue to combat the homeless crisis in the city by hiking the tax on heftier real estate purchases. Voters rejected the tax proposal by over a 7-point margin, representing a difference of more than 22,000 voters, according to the latest votes counted,” Fox News reported.

Johnson cited “38,000” Chicago residents who voted for former President Trump, claiming that there’s a “good chance” they were the reason the referendum failed.

“It’s also not lost on me, I think there were 38,000 Republicans that showed up and voted for Donald Trump, or something like that, in Chicago,” he dishonestly whined during a press briefing. “If we’re trying to draw some conclusions, and you all want some other, you know, analytics you might want to discover, that might be something to look into because there’s— I’ll just say there’s a good chance that that played a part in this referendum.”

“So the same people who want to see Donald Trump become [president again], those are the same voters who voted for him, are the same voters where, you look at there were more of those, they were concentrated there,” the mayor charged attempting to lay the blame on Trump supporters.

Approximately 37,000 Republican primary voters turned out for Tuesday’s primary, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners’ website. Of those voting, about 29,000 voted for Trump. He received 78.5% of the vote in Chicago among Republicans.

If the referendum had passed, it would have nixed Chicago’s flat 0.75% tax and hiked it for multimillion-dollar properties to pay for Johnson’s homeless initiative, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“Properties purchased at less than $1 million would see their rate cut to 0.6%. Properties purchased between $1 million and $1.5 million would have a 0.6% tax on the first $999,999 of the sale price and 2% on the rest. Sales above $1.5 million would pay 0.6% on the first $999,999, 2% on the next $500,000, and 3% on the rest,” the Tribune reported.

The mayor’s opponents claim that his administration did not have a plan for the $100 million that the referendum would have generated. Johnson asserts that it would have gone through a “community process,” contending that it was “central” to his “style of leadership.”

“We have one in five black children particularly who experience homelessness, you got 68,000 people who are unhoused, building more affordable housing, making sure that we have pathways to affordable rent in this city, multi-unit buildings,” he bloviated. “Again, where the neighborhoods who are most impacted by this issue, they knew exactly what they were voting for. That’s why I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that where there are more yeses is where there’s a greater concentration of those who are unhoused.”

“So, the question that I would ask is, the people who are most impacted understood the assignment. The question is, the people who are not as impacted, how do we make sure that they understand the assignment even if they’re not impacted? Or the point of pain is where we should actually lead. And the people of Chicago, where that point of pain is quite potent, they’re very clear about what this was about,” he said pushing progressive talking points for all he was worth.

He alluded to Trump supporters and those who voted against his referendum as “cowardly” and he threw the race card as well.

“I don’t know what’s in their heart. I could just say that they were actively working against a measure that would raise revenue to address the homelessness crisis, of which 70% of the folks are black,” Johnson said. “The stories that got drowned out by those interests were the stories of individual families who have suffered in this city because we have not had enough revenue to address this crisis. So it’s organizing and messaging, you know… I’m still very hopeful and charged to address this crisis, as well as other issues that we’re faced with in this city. That even when we experienced, you know, moments like this, we don’t ever quit. We don’t quit on the people in Chicago.”

“I’m still here standing, and I will be punching back,” Johnson declared according to ABC7 Chicago.

“You all know who I am; we are going to keep organizing,” the former teacher’s union organizer vowed.


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