Republican Mayor Says Attracting Asians And “The Gays” Helps Reduce Crime

"That’s why I put the new performing arts center right downtown.”

What’s the secret to a successful city? One politician thinks it’s Asians and gay people.

R. Rex Parris was first elected in 2008 and is currently serving his fourth term as major of Lancaster, a Southern California town that’s “best known for neo-Nazis and meth labs,” according to a recent Vice article.


But the conservative Republican has a big plan to make Lancaster, which has been called the “worst L.A. suburb,” great again.

“Good things happen when you’re able to increase your Asian population to a certain threshold: Crime rates go down, education levels go up,” Parris tells Vice. “Interestingly, the same thing happens with the gays. That’s why I put the new performing arts center right downtown.”


The mayor’s economy-boosting proposals to attract more Chinese people to the desert city include new construction projects, a Buddhist temple, a local college, and a new hospital wing dedicated to pregnant Chinese women. All “the gays” get is a lousy performing arts center?

Watch Parris make a plea for progress below.

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