During a recent appearance on “Fox & Friends First,” Chicago residents Mark Carter and Cata Truss joined host Todd Piro to share their opinions on the Democratic Party, how it has mishandled issues in the city, and why citizens should vote Republican.
The city’s challenges
The discussion shed light on some of the challenges faced by Chicago. According to Piro, the city has seen a recent 16% rise in crime, a surge of over 14,000 migrants, and a 14% increase in homelessness.
Enough is enough
While the crime rate has been a problem in Chicago for a while, the increase in migrants has put a strain on the city’s resources. In Piro’s words, “Lifelong residents are fed up with the condition of the Windy City” and “want to flip the city red in 2024.”
As the discussion began, guest Truss explained her point of view. “The Democratic Party has always neglected to pay attention to the Black community. That is traditional, and because we have been so committed to supporting that party, they feel that they can continue to disrespect us, to marginalize us, to not hear our voices.”
Nail in the coffin
Sharing when she decided she’d had enough of the Democratic Party, Truss explained, “The turning point for me was when Mayor Brandon Johnson decided that he would not listen to the voice of the people. I’m not sure where he gets his marching orders from, but he’s certainly not listening.”
Call for change
Suggesting a move toward another party, she continued, “If the Democratic Party is not going to listen to us, if the Democratic Party is not going to stand up for the people that have supported this party, then it’s time for us to make a change.”
New way forward
While acknowledging the imperfections of the Republican Party, Truss emphasized the need for a different approach. “You can’t keep doing the same old thing and expecting a different outcome, and so that is why it is so important for the citizens of Chicago to turn Chicago red.”
Fellow guest speaker Mark Carter felt similarly. He explained, “We see that the Democratic Party has decided to do away with us, and so we [are] fine with that. And so we’re going to do away with them.”
Carter claimed that over 200 executives are prioritizing immigrants over Americans. He then expressed his long-time support for former President Donald Trump and mentioned that he’d understood Trump’s message from early on.
Shift in loyalty
Continuing his show of support for Trump, Carter said, “I understood that the Democratic Party had done just that, done away with our humility. And so I am one of the ones who was already Team Trump a long time ago.”
When questioned by Piro why he supported Trump, who was until recently relatively unpopular with the Black community, Carter answered, “I knew that he would push these people back into their countries—to close the border. And Joe Biden did the exact opposite.”
The state of Illinois has long been a blue state and has not voted Republican since 1988. It is considered one of the “big three” Democratic states in the country, alongside New York and California.
As the 2024 general election draws closer, only time will tell if the Democratic Party will change how it is handling the state’s immigrant crisis or if calls from Chicago residents will indeed ensure that the state turns red.