Posted on July 10, 2024

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson Bizarrely Blames Richard Nixon for Surging Gun Violence

Chris Nesi, New York Post, July 9, 2024

Chicago’s lefty Mayor Brandon Johnson blamed former President Richard Nixon, who resigned from the presidency in 1974 and died in 1994, for the Windy City’s crippling crime problem — after a bloody holiday weekend in which 19 people were killed and more than 100 were injured in shootings.

“Black death has been unfortunately been accepted in this country for a very long time,” the mayor said Monday at a press conference held to address Chicago’s out-of-control gun violence problem.

“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,” he said without elaborating.

Johnson’s puzzling blame-shifting quickly went viral on social media. A post on X isolating the clip of the mayor holding Tricky Dick responsible for his city’s woes was viewed more than 2.6 million times within 24 hours, drawing thousands of comments ridiculing his outlandish claim.


Crime statistics published by Chicago Police show a slight decrease in gun violence over last year for the week ending June 30, and shootings down 27% year to date compared to its 2021 peak.

However, during the 28-day period leading up to June 30, shooting incidents spiked 12% over the same period last year.