Dem mayor blasted for ‘ridiculously’ blaming deceased GOP president for deadly July 4 weekend gun violence

The Richard Nixon Foundation, and many conservatives on social media, are firing back at Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Brandon Johnson after he seemingly placed partial blame on former President Richard Nixon, who died 30 years ago, for Chicago’s weekend of gun violence.

“What we’ve experienced over the weekend is unacceptable and we didn’t get here overnight. And everyone knows that. Let’s tell the full story of what happened,” Johnson said during a Monday press conference after 19 were killed and over 100 were injured by shootings in Chicago over the weekend. 

“Black death has unfortunately been accepted in this country for a very long time. 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.”

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Jim Byron, president and CEO of the Richard Nixon Foundation, pushed back on the mayor’s claim.

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Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson faced backlash for bringing up President Nixon while talking about gun crime during the violent July 4 holiday weekend. (Getty Images)

“Richard Nixon was a champion of civil rights as Vice President and as President,”

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