Brandon Johnson, a progressive activist and teachers-union lobbyist, emerged as the winner of the Chicago mayoral election, defeating Paul Vallas on Tuesday. This has been perceived as a negative outcome for the city by conservatives who believe it's even worse than Lori Lightfoot's tenure as mayor.
'Chicago Has Fallen': Conservatives React to Mayoral Election Results https://t.co/gMDcweb2Mf
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) April 5, 2023
Despite the delay in announcing the winner until late Tuesday, Johnson secured a victory with a narrow margin of 51.4 percent of the votes over Vallas' 48.6 percent.
I called Brandon Johnson a short time ago to congratulate him on winning this election. It’s critically important that we all come together now and work collaboratively to move our city forward. I thank my supporters and team, and especially my family. Thank you, Chicago.
— Paul Vallas (@PaulVallas) April 5, 2023
Brandon Johnson expressed great excitement and satisfaction upon winning the election, stating during his victory speech, "Our campaign has always been focused on creating a stronger, safer, and better Chicago for all its residents," and pledging to expand his "bold progressive movement" across the country. However, to some, his language may come across as leftist propaganda and promoting socialist policies.
Brandon Johnson ran his entire campaign on anti-whiteness
He just won his race for Chicago mayor pic.twitter.com/46JYXYUzlU
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) April 5, 2023
Chicago has fallen.
Breaking: Far-Left Democrat Brandon Johnson Wins Chicago Mayoral Race
To quote @emeriticus: The Right memes. The Left wins elections.
How many of us were even aware of the Chicago mayoral and Wisconsin Supreme Court elections today? How many GOP voters? https://t.co/jdKqZatmFt
— Jenna Ellis 🇺🇸 (@JennaEllisEsq) April 5, 2023
Brandon Johnson will be a good mayor for Chicagoans who thought Lori Lightfoot was way too conservative.
— Jon Gabriel (@exjon) April 5, 2023
The whole point of getting Lori Lightfoot out of the runoff was to elect Brandon Johnson in a head-to-head with a Republican.
Johnson will turbocharge Lightfoot’s destructive policies.
Single-party urban areas need to learn: Policy matters. https://t.co/T8B1BzB2vQ
— Rev. Ben Johnson (@TheRightsWriter) April 5, 2023
Reminds me of what Ed Koch said after he lost the New York mayoral race:
“The people have spoken, and they must be punished“ https://t.co/4JTckcqGVS
— Marc Thiessen 🇺🇸❤️🇺🇦 (@marcthiessen) April 5, 2023
Murder capital to keep its crown 🤡👉Progressive Brandon Johnson elected Chicago’s next mayor https://t.co/J3baKcvV7a
— Jon Nicosia (@NewsPolitics) April 5, 2023
If you support defunding the police and going easy on crime, this is a good night for you. In other words, Democrats are happy. https://t.co/5j3qiDXENW
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) April 5, 2023
It's not surprising that Johnson received support from left-wing heavyweights such as Senator Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Socialists of America, and Randi Weingarten, the leader of the American Federation of Teachers. These far-left groups are known for causing significant damage and disruption.
Critics are already anticipating that Chicago will suffer more under Brandon Johnson's administration than it did under Lori Lightfoot's, making the situation even worse. It's difficult to imagine how much more the city can endure. Conservatives can only hope that Johnson's impact won't be too damaging during his tenure.
However, one thing is certain, with Johnson leading the city, any conservative values in Chicago will likely disappear.