American Elephants

Look Who Is Running for the Democrat Nomination by The Elephant's Child


Daniel Greenfield wrote today that “The Mayors of the Worst Cities In America Are Running for President”, and like the excellent investigative journalist he is, provided the proof, which is painful.

Newark is the most dangerous city in New Jersey, Tallahassee is the most dangerous city in Florida, and South Bend is the most dangerous city in Indiana. But instead of fixing their failed cities, the current mayor of South Bend, and the former mayors of Newark and Tallahassee want to run for president.

Mayor Peter Buttigieg has announced that he is forming an exploratory committee for a 2020 run. Media reports have focused on the potential that he might become America’s first gay millennial president (Democrats love those ‘firsts’) instead of his record of heading a city since 2011 that has double the national and statewide violent crime rates, Hispanic poverty rates are 10% higher than the national average, Black households have double the poverty rate and Asian-American incomes are halved. The poverty rate is 24.7%. South Bend has a little over 100,000 residents but there were over 100 criminal shootings, and gangs like the Latin Kings and Gangster Disciples thrive.

In January 2019, just as Buttigieg was prepping his presidential run, three shootings in one week killed two teens and left a woman paralyzed from the waist down. In one summer week, the casualties included a 12 and a 13-year-old. In March, 6 people were hurt in one shooting spree.

Andrew Gillum. former Tallahassee mayor, defeated in the Florida gubernatorial race, now wants to run for higher office. The poverty rate for Tallahassee is 28.4%. 1 in 5 adults in the county have trouble reading. The highest number of murders in history last year and the highest crime rate. Tallahassee has ranked as one of the worst places to live in America.

Cory Booker first won national attention as the mayor of Newark, the worst city in New Jersey. He promised to turn the city around, but while garnering nation attention with his Twitter account and viral stunts, did nothin for the city. Newark is one of the country’s murder capitals and has been listed as the most violent city in the state. Also a worst city to live in. 1 in 4 residents live in poverty in the 3rd neediest city in America.

These three Democrats are joined by our own governor here in Washington State. The Libertarian Cato Institute has ranked the nation’s governors on their fiscal management of their states, and Jay Inslee, who has just announced his run for higher office, came in dead last with a resounding F grade. Oregon’s governor was next to last, but she doesn’t seem to be running.

The Democrats may outdo the Republicans last time in numbers of candidates running for the presidency. You might want to remember the qualifications of these three former mayors.

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