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Chicago Mayor Johnson Blames Automakers for Car Thefts

Posted on Friday, September 1, 2023
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by Shane Harris
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AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris

Car door window with broken glass in Chicago

The left’s blame game for rampant crime and chaos in Democrat-run cities continues to reach new levels of absurdity.

In the latest example, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson has filed a lawsuit against car manufacturers Kia and Hyundai, blaming them for the drastic surge in car thefts throughout the Windy City.

In a statement about the suit, Johnson alleges that the two automakers failed “to install basic auto-theft prevention technology… and as a result, a citywide and nationwide crime spree around automobile theft has been unfolding right before our eyes.”

On the latter point, Johnson is indeed correct. In 2019, there were just under 9,000 car thefts in Chicago. By 2022, that figure had jumped to over 21,000 – a 139 percent spike in just three years. 2023 is shaping up to be even worse.

Johnson is also right that a significant portion of those thefts have been of specific Kia and Hyundai vehicles. Most Kia 2011 to 2021 models and most Hyundai 2016 to 2021 models lack a common security device called an engine immobilizer, making them much easier to steal. As a result, thieves can break a window and steal the vehicles in less than a minute.

Many of the vehicle thefts are committed by teens who film the crimes and post them on social media. One particularly notorious band of thieves, who call themselves the “Kia Boys,” boast that they have stolen more than 10,000 cars. A viral YouTube video showing several members of the group stealing and crashing cars in broad daylight has more than 7 million views.

In that clip, an interviewer asks one of the Kia Boys, who says he has personally stolen more than 200 cars, if he’s scared of going to prison. “You only gonna do like three weeks. It’s a misdemeanor,” he responds.

“So, is there really no punishment for this?” the interviewer asks.

“Hell nah.”

And therein lies the problem that Mayor Johnson failed to acknowledge in his statement – namely, that it is his policies which are actively encouraging people to break the law.

“We know why they’re stealing these cars. We know what they’re doing with these cars, but the fact that we refuse to call out this behavior, and we’re giving cover to the criminals, seems to just be another liberal ploy,” Alderman Raymond Lopez – a fellow Democrat – told Fox News. “And to be perfectly honest, [it’s] a page from the socialist playbook because we’re blaming the manufacturer of the cars rather than the criminals on the street.”

This isn’t the first time Johnson has refused outright to acknowledge what the true problem is. Early last month, the mayor snapped at a reporter for calling a group of teenage rioters a “mob.”

“That’s not appropriate,” Johnson barked. “These are large gatherings. It’s important that we speak of these dynamics in an appropriate way.”

During the incident Johnson was referring to, hundreds of teenagers had flooded Chicago’s South Loop, blocking traffic, damaging vehicles, and looting a local convenience store. Several guns were found on the scene.

But the left’s absurd blame game isn’t limited to just Chicago. Last Friday, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass said that widespread retail theft in the city has “nothing to do” with a lack of consequences for crime and “things like this happen” when there are profits.

Bass pointed specifically to smash-and-grab thefts at high-end retail stores. “They are not selling $10,000 purses in poor communities. They’re selling those purses online,” she said. “And so, we need to look at the online sales of stolen property, because that’s what it is.”

In other words, according to Bass, the best way to reduce theft isn’t to punish the criminals, but to shut down the websites where they are selling the stolen merchandise – after which the criminals will undoubtedly create new websites or find other ways to offload the goods.

It’s safe to say that most Chicago and Los Angeles residents want the rash of car break-ins and retail theft to stop. No one likes living in fear in cities rapidly descending into anarchy.

Yet the law-abiding citizens bearing the brunt of the crime surge have also evidently not accepted their own responsibility in their plight. In April, Chicago voters had a chance to elect Paul Vallas, a moderate Democrat who promised a tougher approach to crime. Instead, they elected Johnson, an open supporter of the “Defund the Police” movement who fully embraced the left’s radical criminal justice “reform” agenda.

In Los Angeles, voters elected Bass on a similar platform, and have twice failed to recall radical George Soros-backed District Attorney George Gascon.

Until voters stop giving power to people who are actively and openly dismantling the criminal justice system and protecting criminals over victims, more and more crime will be the inevitable result.

Shane Harris is a writer and political consultant from Southwest Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @ShaneHarris513.

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Lawrence Greenberg
Lawrence Greenberg
7 months ago

This Commie moron made no effort to hide who and what he is, yet the brilliant voters in Chicago voted for him anyway. So enjoy the next four years – those who survive it.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
7 months ago

By Democrat “logic” it’s the woman’s fault for getting raped? Wait, they’re just warming up to sue gun makers for fang violence…

James Thompson
James Thompson
7 months ago

If the owners of these vehicles would remove the tires when they park…….after all its there fault for buying the car in the first place!

Rik
Rik
7 months ago

Poor Chicago, but it’s their fault for ELECTING THIS JACK*SS AS MAYOR!

Lon
Lon
7 months ago

“Johnson barked. “These are large gatherings. It’s important that we speak of these dynamics in an appropriate way.”
Yes. Yes, it is. They are mobs, vandals, crooks, thieves, criminals, felons, delinquents…

Sarah S.
Sarah S.
7 months ago

Hard to understand why people can be so blind to the truth. Satan really works overtime to distort the truth, as we know. But perhaps, there are some who do see the reality of what is going on and perhaps vote for change, but, is their vote being counted? I still firmly believe all those videos we have seen of fraud going on in the voting precincts is true.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
7 months ago

And that iceberg in the North Atlantic in 1912 somehow , as icebergs will do, just sailed into the Titanic at the right time , in the right place — some manner of mysterious natural phenomena involved. So, rest in peace to all those who died in the sinking of the Titanic. The upside – down, inside – out, backward way of thinking of these mayors ,and all those who agree with them in this article is very difficult to grasp. The iceberg and the Titanic collided because of an error, possibly more than one error in judgement by the captain of Titanic, but he had much experience at sea and was highly respected for his knowledge and experience. He was not perfect, and currents that icebergs move in can change direction and speed and Nature will take it course sometimes . And this iceberg — Titanic history presents a way to size up what exactly is going on with the lack of common sense approach to not just the car theft situation, but attitude about crime in general. The United States of America is under attack by criminals and the situation needs to be dealt with accordingly. Non – sensical political distortion of facts, distortion of the Truth is not the way to defend the Country. People with a belief in the idea of the will of God as something to be respected are needed in decision making positions , and people who have strength, courage and wisdom are needed. In the spirit of making the needed improvements by following a course using Honor, Honesty, Integrity, Courage and Loyalty as aids to navigation. Remembering the values of Faith, Family and Freedom at all times.

Jeri
Jeri
7 months ago

Please observe an example of intellectual stupidity.

DMM
DMM
7 months ago

Stupid Should Hurt!

John Bass
John Bass
7 months ago

Typical Democratic thinking. Always blame someone or something else for the problem at hand, and by all means, NEVER EVER have a solution for the problem. With the Dems way of thinking, the trailer park is responsible for the tornado, the firearm is responsible for crime, the cow farting is responsible for global warming, the drug dealer is responsible for Hunter Biden’s debauchery and Donald Trump is responsible for all of Joe Bidens high crimes and misdemeanors.
Please God, save the USA…before it’s too late.

Garyk
Garyk
7 months ago

This is just another marxist democrat party loser ,whaling with the radical uaw union looking to destroy free enterprise and industry in America!
Another part of these anti American traitors assault on Freedom Our Constitution and Our God Given Rights!
They ALWAYS lie and pretend to be for regular working Citizens and minorities but in reality their actions are exactly the opposite. The non- thinking lemmings in the unions and anyone who votes for these morons need to wake up and recognize how their destroying America.
Stop buying into their divisive me first BS because it’s a direct strategy to a marxist government takeover of America!

anna hubert
anna hubert
7 months ago

Just when you think it could not get any worse it does

Gerry Shutrump
Gerry Shutrump
7 months ago

Why not, they have been trying to sue Colt, Ruger, S&W for guns killing people for years. Typical libtard BLAME THE TOOL.

GMK
GMK
7 months ago

It should not surprise anyone that it is the car’s fault it got stolen and not the fault of the car thief. Afterall, it is the gun’s fault that people are shot and not the fault of the criminal pulling the trigger.

Newday
Newday
7 months ago

Democrats are good at blaming whoever or whatever, they take no personal responsibility and they have no backbone to admit when their policies are not working.

John Riley
John Riley
7 months ago

Sue Walmart for allowing shoplifting by putting all that good stuff out where just anybody can just pick it up.

Garyk
Garyk
7 months ago

Hey mayor johnson maybe yiu want to sue the UAW after all it’s union workers who make those cars – what a moron!
Why do the marxist democrat party supporters vote for these clowns???

Philip Seth Hammersley
Philip Seth Hammersley
7 months ago

Typical socialist drivel.. I suppose he would blame women who are raped for wearing enticing clothing or people who are robbed for wearing jewelry or a Rolex!

Ol'man
Ol'man
7 months ago

This says a lot about the Chicago voters to set back and listen to this clown. Sadly it sounds like they’ve fallen into the ways of a good California voter. For those of us that use logic, there’s no logic to it.

A Voter
A Voter
7 months ago

Quote from Chicago Mayor – “I’m impotent against crime and it’s your fault.”

El Viejo
El Viejo
7 months ago

Some pols haven’t got a lick of sense.

Daniel Smith
Daniel Smith
7 months ago

What a lame brain comment!

Thinking
Thinking
7 months ago

Well those sheep that keep voting these lunatics into office got what they voted for.
Anyone thinking these elections were fair? The dems do what they want and not one senator or house member stands up and says enough is enough. By being silent you are acquiesce. Let your voices be heard and not at the ballot box because that is rigged.
We the people should vote all our representatives and senators out. Especially those that have been there for more than 20 years. Term limits. Lets get fair representation back. We have sold out to the elites and the good old boy network.

John
John
7 months ago

Brandon Johnson is a disgusting loser. He is destroying Chicago. Typical Democrat.

Glenn
Glenn
7 months ago

Why is nobody suing TikTok for showing how to steal the cars? Why does it only have to be the car makers fault?

patriot
patriot
7 months ago

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out if you defund police, you will have fewer of them (that’s the purpose of defunding) hence more crime! But harder to understand is why voters put these idiots in office in the first place? You do not vote for a candidate because you “LIKE” them, few voters ever met the candidates they voted for. Too many voters only hear and believe the lies of candidates who promise to give “free stuff” to the voter. When was the last time you got anything from government? As Pres. Reagan once said, if you hear “I am from the government and I am here to help”, you better run the other way! And those who buy foreign products, don’t any deserve sympathy from American patriots.

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