Critics are rejoicing over the end of the term for Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot after she lost her re-election bid on Monday night.
During Lightfoot's tenure, Chicago has experienced a surge in crime rates, a topic that her opponents heavily criticized. The city's homicides reached their highest level in 25 years in 2021, surpassing those of other crime-infested cities such as New York City and Los Angeles.
During her time in office, the mayor faced criticism for her strained relationship with law enforcement, as the city's police department experienced a significant loss of officers in the wake of the spike in crime.
Despite facing eight challengers in the mayoral race, Lightfoot was unable to advance to the runoff after finishing in third place.
Chicago Public Schools CEO and city budget director Paul Vallas will compete against Cook County Board of Commissioners member Brandon Johnson in the April 4 runoff.
None of the candidates were able to secure a victory in the election by surpassing the 50% threshold.
Following the mayor's loss, critics took to Twitter without delay to express their satisfaction that Chicago will soon have new leadership, with a primary focus on the city's surge in crime.
Gianno Caldwell, a political analyst for Fox News whose brother was killed in Chicago last summer, declared that the "experiment" with Lori Lightfoot is "now officially over. Thank you, CHICAGO."
The @LoriLightfoot experiment is officially over. Thank you, CHICAGO.
— Gianno Caldwell (@GiannoCaldwell) March 1, 2023
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia tweeted, "Lori Lightfoot. Crime doesn't pay."
Crime doesn’t pay.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene ?? (@mtgreenee) March 1, 2023
Vernon Jones, former Georgia state Rep. who lost his bid for the U.S. House in November, exclaimed that the mayor "just got the FOOT!" He further stated, "Other Democratic mayors with surging crime rates in their cities, take notice. Even liberals have had enough of being unsafe."
Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot, just got the FOOT!
— Vernon Jones (@VernonForGA) March 1, 2023
Lightfoot's defeat on Monday marked the first time in 40 years that a Chicago mayor has lost re-election.
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