Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson, a prominent figure in the Democratic Party, is facing backlash after it was revealed that his campaign spent over $30,000 on personal grooming expenses. According to reports by The Center Square, Johnson’s campaign committee allocated $4,000 to a hair salon and over $20,000 to a makeup shop, with a total of 42 separate expenditures at Makeup Majic.

When questioned about the spending, Johnson defended himself by arguing that it was his way of supporting small businesses, particularly those owned by black individuals. In a news conference, he boldly called upon reporters to join him in promoting these local enterprises. In his own words, Johnson emphasized, “Go get your hair and makeup done by black people in particular.”

However, it should be noted that political campaigns are generally restricted from using funds for personal purposes, such as clothing or luxury purchases, as outlined by the Illinois Compiled Statutes. Despite this, Johnson attempted to justify his actions by deflecting attention towards other expenses his campaign allegedly covered, such as food, printing, and supporting black and brown-owned businesses as well as women-owned ventures.

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In an intriguing and somewhat combative manner, Johnson went on to warn his critics about the consequences they may face in the afterlife, stating, “If they don’t believe it’s a good use to support small businesses, black and brown businesses, that is something that they’ll have to deal with when they meet their maker.”

Surprisingly, Johnson is not the sole Illinois mayor making headlines for exorbitant spending. Tiffany Henyard, a fellow Democratic mayor from Dolton, Illinois, faced scrutiny for her extravagant trips to popular destinations like Times Square, Atlanta, and Austin, Texas. Critics pointed out that the funds were used for luxurious first-class airfare, lavish stays at renowned hotels including Marriott and Four Seasons, and dining at upscale restaurants.

In response to the mounting criticism, Mayor Henyard exhibited a defensive stance and played the race card by accusing her detractors of being anti-black. She lashed out in a video posted on X, asserting, “You all should be ashamed of yourselves because you all are black. You all are black! And you all sitting up here beating and attacking a black woman that’s in power. You all should be ashamed of yourselves.”

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