Nixon Foundation sets Chicago mayor straight on ‘root cause’ of bloody Fourth of July weekend

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson came under fire from the Richard Nixon Foundation after calling the late president the “root cause” of crime in the Windy City.

In a crime-filled Fourth of July weekend, Chicago saw 19 killed and over 100 injured in shootings that the Democrat mayor reacted to in a press conference.

“What we’ve experienced over the weekend is unacceptable and we didn’t get here overnight. And everyone knows that. Let’s tell the full story of what happened,” Johnson said during the press conference. “Black death has been unfortunately been accepted in this country for a very long time.”

“We had a chance 60 years ago to get at the root causes. And people mocked President Johnson, and we ended up with Richard Nixon,” the progressive mayor said, referring to the nation’s 37th president who left office in 1974 and died in 1994.

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“I’m going to work hard every day to transform this city. That’s what it takes to build a better, stronger, safer Chicago,” he added. “We are standing here today talking about a violent weekend because of generations of disinvestment and deep disenfranchisement in the exact communities where so much of the violence has taken place.”

Johnson sparked outrage with his comments about the late president, getting a direct rebuke from the Richard Nixon Foundation.

“Mayor Johnson’s reference to President Nixon is gratuitous and the facts are not on his side in his characterization of Richard Nixon and the Nixon administration’s civil rights record,” the organization posted on X in a lengthy thread.

“Richard Nixon was a champion of civil rights as Vice President and as President,” Jim Byron, president and CEO of the organization, said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

“The record is clear,” he added. “Unfortunately there are many misconceptions about Richard Nixon, but perceptions of years ago are now being reconsidered as we see renewed interest in studying and understanding his life and legacy in full. As of now, our correction of the record is racing toward one million views on X alone.”

“What is happening in Chicago is heartbreaking, and I imagine the people of Chicago want leaders who take responsibility and work together to solve problems rather than try and pass the blame, in this case ridiculously and gratuitously,” Byron continued.

The thread on X provided reminders of how Nixon’s administration promoted civil rights by desegregating schools, supporting black-owned businesses, through civil rights funding, and an executive order “calling on federal government agencies to apply equal-opportunity policies to every aspect of federal personnel policies and practices.”

The Foundation’s response on X has garnered over one million views. And Johnson’s initial comments drew plenty of backlash from other voices on X.

Frieda Powers

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