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Jimmy McMillan, a former political contender for nearly every position in New York City under his “Rent Is Too Damn High” Party, is stepping away from politics, NBC4 New York reports.

The 69-year-old made the announcement in a press release on Tuesday. McMillan said the citizens of New York are being “brainwashed” by Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials who haven’t worked at all to decrease the troubling rent hikes throughout the city.

McMillan, a retired war veteran, began his political career in 2005 with the creation of the “Rent Is Too Damn High” Party. His passionate feelings, appearance, and approach were viewed comically in the media, even when he suggested Jewish people were responsible for the increase in rent in low-income neighborhoods. McMillan lost both races for mayor in 2005 and 2009.

Despite his political aspirations, McMillan became one of the first early viral stars.

His press release reads:

McMillan a disable Vietnam Veteran has been spending his own money a disability pension he receives for injuries he received during combat in Vietnam Was 1966-1967-1968. I am walking away because I have to know another choice the people have ignored my warning and my cry for help that the rent crisis was getting worse. The kind of help they cannot get from not one elected official, not the Governor neither the Mayor can give them.

A rent reduction for the people in the cities of Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan and Queens is easy to accomplish but NO one has asked me to help. The people are being totally brainwashed and lied to about Low in Come Housing by NYC Mayor who knew he could do anything to prevent the Homeless from escalating. Rent is too damn high is an international crisis.

There are many questions the people should ask themselves. I which them the best – I’m out.

McMillan was evicted from his home earlier this year after claiming his landlord, Lisco Holdings, wanted to increase his $872-a-month rent stabilized apartment. His landlord locked him out of the apartment and refused to accept his payments, McMillan said in court. He also turned down multiple offers to be bought out of the apartment.

McMillan says the “Rent Is Too Damn High” Party trademark is for sale.



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