The city of Chicago continues to demonstrate the folly of electing woke so-called leaders to represent the community, as was exemplified over the last several months during contentious debates that divided the Chicago City Council regarding a proposed Gaza ceasefire resolution in response to the Hamas-instigated war Israel is now fighting.
Last week, the council convened for what turned out to be a raucous meeting, with Mayor Brandon Johnson having to clear chambers at one point as pro-Hamas protesters repeatedly erupted and shouted as the ceasefire resolution was debated. At one point, one of the agitators called the only Jewish council member, Ald. Debra Silverstein, a “liar” as she talked about the atrocities Hamas committed on Oct. 7th, which is what led to Johnson’s move to have the public removed from the chambers.
As proof, Silverstein passed out news clippings of a New York Times report detailing sexual assaults committed by Hamas. In response, the resolution’s sponsor, Ald. Daniel La Spata, ignored it:
Ald. Debra Silverstein, the Council’s lone Jewish member, is passing out copies of the NYT story describing sexual assaults by Hamas ahead of today’s vote.
— Jake Sheridan (@JakeSheridan_) January 31, 2024
Ald. Byron Sigcho Lopez also dismissed evidence of Hamas rapes:
Also @DanielLaSpata supports alderman Lopez’s slap in the face to the chi Ukrainian & Syrian communities today… The grayzone has spent YEARS whitewashing the Assad/ Russian regimes mass murder of Syrian civilians and Russia’s mass murder of Ukrainians pic.twitter.com/igaVOE2RIz
— Naomi #houseofmoderna 🇺🇦✡️🇮🇱 (@nantienomi) January 31, 2024
When it was all said and done, there was a tie vote, which was broken when Johnson cast the deciding vote in favor of the resolution.
“I will exercise my vote and my right, and I vote ‘aye,’” Johnson, a Democrat, announced as anti-Israel activists clapped and cheered wildly.
The Chicago City Council just voted 24-23 to pass a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. Mayor Brandon Johnson was the tie-breaking vote. pic.twitter.com/hcmlYlBT4D
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 31, 2024
BREAKING: After months of protest, Chicago becomes the largest city in the country to call for a ceasefire after passing a city council resolution.
City council voted 23-23 on the resolution and mayor Brandon Johnson broke the tie in favor of ceasefire. pic.twitter.com/RKRTHQV0MC
— BreakThrough News (@BTnewsroom) January 31, 2024
The Israeli Consulate responded accordingly to the Council’s vote, correctly pointing out that while it will have zero impact (just as a resolution passed by an Israeli city calling for a ceasefire in Chicago would), it will only embolden anti-Semitism here in the United States:
“Today, a divided Chicago City Council adopted a highly controversial resolution calling on Israel to engage in an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
This resolution undermines the position of the Biden Administration, the International Court of Justice, and the European Union and the overwhelming majority of Americans who understand that the release of all the hostages held in Gaza and dismantling Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure are preconditions to any ceasefire.
While this resolution will have no impact in the Middle East, it will create more division among communities in Chicago and inspire more antisemitism, as we saw on the floor and in the galleries of City Hall today.
We commend the Alders who sought to find a consensus and voted against this polarizing resolution.”
Even Illinois’ Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker denounced the vote:
Gov. J.B. Pritzker Thursday criticized a Gaza cease-fire resolution passed this week by Mayor Brandon Johnson and Chicago aldermen for failing to hold Hamas responsible for violence it has committed. https://t.co/DAjG6tkDZL
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) February 1, 2024
I should note that on the same day elected Chicago officials debated and passed the resolution, this happened:
One teen was killed and two others were wounded in a shooting near a high school in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, fire officials said.
According to authorities, CPR was in progress for at least one victim following a shooting in the 1200 block of West Thorndale Avenue, near Nicholas Senn High School.
Fire officials later confirmed that three teens, all males, were wounded in the shooting, two 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old.
At a press conference Wednesday evening, Chicago Police Department Superintendent Larry Snelling confirmed that one of the teens had died and that all three were CPS students.
Mayor Brandon Johnson also spoke during the update, pleading against violence as the city reels from its second fatal shooting outside a high school in less than a week.
Chicago today: The City Council spent the day passing a ceasefire resolution for Gaza, with Mayor Brandon Johnson personally making sure it passed.
Also Chicago today: Multiple people shot near a school with kids having to do CPR. pic.twitter.com/GjQvq7etyl
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 31, 2024
Johnson himself made a statement during the police presser:
My heart bleeds with our city tonight after more unspeakable violence against our children today. No family deserves this pain.
We must value human life in Chicago, and continue our work toward safety, toward respecting humanity, and toward healing the scars of our communities. pic.twitter.com/aLHjOaVFYY
— Mayor Brandon Johnson (@ChicagosMayor) February 1, 2024
It did not go unnoticed that while Chicago voted in favor of a ceasefire resolution for the Israel-Hamas war, they can’t manage to get anything in the way of a meaningful ceasefire going in their own backyard:
Chicago can’t even achieve a cease-fire in their own city so virtue-signaling will have to do. https://t.co/moa5jYvPel
— Eli Steele (@Hebro_Steele) February 1, 2024
Wow, a ceasefire in Chicago would indeed be welcome news https://t.co/nJTpT8Boxl
— Inez Stepman ⚪️🔴⚪️ (@InezFeltscher) February 1, 2024
In Chicago, in 2023, 576 people were shot and KILLED, and 2,501 others were shot and wounded.
Perhaps you should focus your efforts on getting Chicago street gangs to agree to a ceasefire? https://t.co/ID1D5JvEAP
— Ian McKelvey (@ian_mckelvey) February 1, 2024
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) February 1, 2024
Gaza calls for a Ceasefire in Chicago … pic.twitter.com/8t6bsnxrjA
— SubX.News (@SubxNews) February 4, 2024
Meanwhile, as Chicago prepares to host the Democratic National Convention later this year, Mayor Johnson’s approval ratings continue to tank:
📊 Chicago Mayor Johnson Job Approval
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) February 1, 2024
Johnson is well on his way to becoming a one-term mayor at this rate. We’ve seen how this works out, though, and unfortunately it’s innocent people who end up paying the price for Democrats continuing to vote for woke and hoping in vain that things will be different with the next Democrat.
— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —
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