SNL jokes Gaza has called for a ceasefire in CHICAGO, after crime-ridden metropolis’ progressive mayor passed controversial resolution
Even Saturday Night Live poked fun at the Windy City after the crime-ridden metropolis’ progressive mayor passed a controversial resolution this week.
SNL’s Weekend Update host Michael Che joked, “Chicago has become America’s biggest city to call for a cease-fire in Gaza.”
He then continued with the punchline, ‘And in return, Gaza asked for a ceasefire in Chicago.’
The joke came days after Democratic Mayor Brandon Johnson used his casting vote to break the tie in favor of the controversial measure, which called for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza without the release of hostages.
The resolution made Chicago the largest US city yet to demand a cease-fire in the four-month war that has claimed more than 26,000 Palestinian lives.
Even Saturday Night Live mocks the Windy City after the crime-ridden metropolis’ progressive mayor passed a controversial resolution last week
Democratic Mayor Brandon Johnson used his casting vote to break the tie in favor of a controversial measure this week, which called for an immediate cease-fire without the release of hostages
The clip of Che’s joke soon went viral on social media, as an X user who shared the video said: ‘Even “leftist” media is laughing at Chicago.’
‘Too often Chicago is the point of a joke. Choose clowns, expect a circus. Do better, Chicago,’ the user wrote.
Another user wrote: ‘Oh boy I’m glad I moved. Please be safe.’
Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters packed the building and the public gallery for the knifepoint vote that saw Johnson’s strong-arm opponents before casting the deciding vote.
Johnson asked two senior aldermen to stay away if they could not support it, the Chicago Sun-Times reported, and was criticized for using his casting vote to inflame tensions.
Alderwoman Debra Silverstein, the only Jewish member of the city council, pleaded with colleagues not to pass the resolution.
“There’s not even a single mention of the dozens of women who were raped,” Silverstein said to the shocked crowd as a police officer stood nearby.
“No reference to the brutal depravity now burned into the psyche of every Israeli and every Jewish man, woman and child.”
Even Illinois Governor JB Pritzker slammed the vote in a city that was set to hold the Democratic National Convention in August.
“I was disappointed that no consideration was given to the women who were raped by Hamas fighters who crossed into Israel, kidnapped people, that the deaths caused by those terrorists were not acknowledged,” he said.
“And the city council, if they’re going to talk about the challenge of war in the Middle East, you have to make sure you include all the perspectives. They didn’t.’
Chicago’s Democratic mayor has been accused of having strong-armed opponents and criticized for using his casting vote to ensure passage of the controversial measure
The police struggled to maintain order as the corridors were taken over by protesters
While the mayor worked furiously behind the scenes to pass the resolution, crime exploded across the city in the past two years
While the mayor worked frantically behind the scenes to get the resolution passed, crime exploded across the city in the past two years.
Murders decreased by 13 percent this year and by 20 percent in three years, but all crime increased by 17 percent – especially car theft and robbery.
Under Johnson’s predecessor Lori Lightfoot, crime rose from 46,572 total complaints to 65,421 in 2022 – although this was driven almost entirely by massive increases in car theft, burglary and robbery.
And the past year hasn’t reversed the city’s fortunes, as crime is up 64 percent from two years ago, 68 percent from three years ago and 55 percent from four years ago.
Murders and shootings are on a three-year slide, both down 13 percent this year and 20 percent from 2020, with shootings down 25 percent in that time.
However, both are up compared to before the Covid pandemic – murders are up 24 percent over 2019 and shootings up 15 percent.
Robbery is up 23 percent from last year and 39 percent from 2019, while theft was stable this year, but up 41 percent since 2019 and 94 percent since 2020.
By far the biggest increase in crime was vehicle-related theft, which rose 38 percent this year and a staggering 227 percent over 2019.