On July 24, 2020, the New York Young Republican Club criticized Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for removing a statue of Christopher Columbus from Grant Park.
In its statement, the New York Young Republicans Club gave a brief overview of the contributions Italian Americans made in building Chicago’s infrastructure:
Italian immigrants helped to connect Chicago to the Eastern Seaboard when they came to the United States to work as disrespected, low-wage railroad track layers. The descendants of these men number over half a million in the Chicago area, and they form an integral part of the city’s distinctive culture.
The image of Christopher Columbus has served as a beacon of unity for Italian Americans who fought hard to assimilate into American culture, which NYYRC noted:
Italians who immigrated to the United States in the early twentieth century suffered mass indignities. The recognition of Christopher Columbus as a symbol of Italian presence in the Americas served as a rallying point for them to assert their belonging as part of the American community.
The conservative organization labeled Lightfoot’s removal of the statue “as a slap in the face to every Italian-American.”
Lori Lightfoot’s removal of this historic statue of Christopher Columbus in the dead of night is a slap in the face to every Italian-American. The New York Young Republican Club calls on Chicagoans of Italian heritage to push for Lori Lightfoot’s removal from office. She has proven in recent months that she lacks both the interest and the skill to keep Chicago safe, and she proved last night that she lacks all respect for Italian-Americans.
Lightfoot has been one of the most controversial mayors during the recent wave of riots. Instead of actually leading, she instead blames Trump for the unrest and proposes gun control as a way to somehow fix the situation.
Groups like the NYYRC exist to hold irresponsible politicians like Lightfoot accountable and set a new standard for conservatism in the populist age of Trump.
Ohio Republican Rob Portman Announces that He Won’t Be Seeking Re-Election
America first nationalists must capitalize on this opening in the senate.
On January 25, 2021, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2022. The 2022 election cycle will be a critical mid-term cycle which will determine what course the Republican Party will take in the wake of Trump’s defeat.
According to a report at The Epoch Times, Portman cited “partisan gridlock in Congress and political polarization” as his main reasons for leaving the Senate.
“I feel fortunate to have been entrusted by the people of Ohio to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Today, I am announcing that I have made a decision not to run again in 2022,” Portman said in a statement.
The Republican senator continued, “I don’t think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision.”
In Portman’s view, the United States has become “increasingly polarized where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground.” Portman also contended that “This is not a new phenomenon, of course, but a problem that has gotten worse over the past few decades.” He concluded by stating that “This is a tough time to be in public service.”
Portman accompanies his colleagues Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and North Carolina Senator Richard Burr in retiring from office. Portman’s presence won’t be missed. He voted for the Iraq War and even betrayed President Trump by voting against his national emergency declaration at the border. To add insult to injury, Portman has routinely talked smack about President Trump behind his back.
2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Republicans with numerous seats in play. With regards to open seats, there will be unique opportunities for America First nationalists to shine in. Ohio is ground zero for the emerging populist realignment taking place in America. Once a state that could go either way during a given election cycle, Ohio is now a safe Republican state.
America First nationalists should milk this opening for what it’s worth and place a staunch nationalist to run for the open GOP seat in 2022. This will be the first midterm where populists can begin purging the party of neocons and other establishment types.
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