(Tea Party PAC) – The radical left used the George Floyd protests as an opportunity to riot and cause large-scale chaos and destruction in many major US cities. While the bedlam started in Minneapolis, it quickly spread across the country hitting cities like Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, and, of course, Chicago. Over 4,000 arrests were made nationwide as law enforcement tried to stop the chaos.
The damage done is reported to have potentially reached “catastrophe” level and will likely exceed the record for most costly civil disorder in the US, which is currently held by the Los Angeles riots of 1992 over Rodney King which were confined to one metropolitan area and caused $775 million worth of damage (or $1.42 billion in today’s dollars).
The economic toll is expected to impact these cities for years to come especially as businesses assess the damage and are left contemplating whether to stay or leave certain cities for good.
In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been talking to these retailers and begging them not to leave. To be fair, Lightfoot has not shown the enthusiastic support for the rioting and destruction that other Democrat leaders have, such as Muriel Bowser who was hell-bent on seeing Washington DC burnt to the ground before “allowing” the National Guard to protect the city and lives.
Lightfoot said, of the riots, “God help us all if we believe that we can express our pain by destroying the hopes, and dreams, and livelihoods, and the fortunes of others,” adding, “That’s not the way. That is just not the way.”
Nonetheless, businesses that have been destroyed during the riots are thinking about leaving and taking the tax revenue, jobs, and goods that the city relies on, with them. Walmart is one of the biggest retailers faced with the decision of whether to stay or leave Chicago.
Mayor Lightfoot said she was on a conference call with Walmart and other major retailers that had stores looted or heavily damaged during the unrest in Chicago. She said she pleaded with them to not abandon Chicago.
“I think in the case of Walmart, what they were focused on was assessing the damage. They are doing an effort to donate fresh produce, to the extent of what’s left so it doesn’t perish, and other perishables, and they are taking their time, as I would expect.”
There were earlier reports that Walmart expected to rebuild all stores trashed by looters and vandals, but company officials later said they would open some stores and would not say which ones.
The mayor said most of the others said they are committed to Chicago. She said she hopes Walmart follows suit.
“My hope is that they will come back,” Lightfoot said. “But I got a resounding, ‘Mayor, this is our city, this is our home,’ from a lot of other retailers and I would hope that Walmart would follow suit.”
Despite the fact that Lightfoot did not support the riots and bedlam she is still a Democrat and has contributed to the leftist culture that is only serving to keep Chicago impoverished and crime-ridden. Maybe Walmart has simply had enough and the riots were the last straw.
Between the riots and the coronavirus power-grabs, Democrat mayors and governors across the country will soon be faced with lying in the very beds they made. This is why elections are so important.