Democrats Choose Crime-Ridden Chicago As Site For 2024 Convention

The 2024 Democratic National Convention will take place in Chicago, Illinois, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced Tuesday, bringing the event to a city plagued by persistent crime.

President Joe Biden deemed Chicago “a great choice” to host the convention, according to the DNC. Murder and motor vehicle theft complaints there rose more than 30% and 130% respectively between 2019 and 2022, Chicago Police Department (CPD) statistics indicate.

“I am thrilled that Democrats will take the stage in Chicago to share our party’s vision and values,” DNC Chair Jaime Harrison said, the organization reported. “The Midwest reflects America and will give Democrats an opportunity to showcase some of President Biden and Vice President Harris’s most significant accomplishments for American families. I’m grateful to the leadership of Chicago’s bid for being great partners, as well as to the other cities for putting forward such strong bids.”

The DNC’s announcement comes a week after Chicago elected Democratic Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson to be its next mayor in a runoff against former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, replacing first-term Democratic incumbent Lori Lightfoot.

“Chicago is a world-class city that looks like America and demonstrates the values of the Democratic Party,” Johnson said, according to the DNC. “I look forward to working closely with the DNC to facilitate a spectacular convention that showcases Chicago’s diverse culture, our beautiful lakefront, our renowned hospitality sector, and our best asset: our amazing people.”

Vallas repeatedly claimed Johnson wanted to “defund the police,” which Johnson had called “a real political goal” in 2020. During the campaign, Johnson denied saying that goal was his and pledged not to cut the police department, according to WTTW, telling the outlet after his victory, “What was remarkable about this journey was that people saw public safety in a more holistic way.”

The DNC said Tuesday that the region “will showcase President Biden’s economic agenda that is rebuilding our roads and bridges, unleashing a manufacturing boom, and creating good-paying middle-class jobs.” The convention is scheduled to occur from Aug. 19 to 22, 2024 at Chicago’s United Center.

“The DNC will create once-in-a-generation opportunities for job creation and business growth here in our city, and I’m proud that we got it done for the people of Chicago,” Lightfoot said, the DNC reported. She is set to leave office on May 15, according to Fox 32.



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