Nobody wants war. It’s destructive. People are killed or hurt. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has issued a call to arms to attack those who believe in the sanctity of life. There’s irony on a couple levels. Chicago is one of the most deadly cities in the US and the mayor wants more dead. If Roe v Wade is overturned, the decision instead rests on individual states. Democrats want that power to remain federal.
War to intimidate
Area Catholic churches have been vandalized and homes of conservative members of the Supreme Court have seen protests. Both are against the law. But in war, the only law is to stay alive.
Lightfoot tweeted out, “To my friends in the LGBTQ+ community—the Supreme Court is coming for us next. This moment has to be a call to arms. We will not surrender our rights without a fight—a fight to victory!”
To my friends in the LGBTQ+ community—the Supreme Court is coming for us next. This moment has to be a call to arms.
— Lori Lightfoot (@LoriLightfoot) May 10, 2022
Conservatives pointed out the ironies
Tim Young tweeted out, “The Mayor of the most violent city in America is here to worry about woke nonsense instead of people literally dying in the streets there…” Rep. Boebert simply called her an insurrectionist. Lightfoot tried to deflect, “Excuse me. Insurrection is your thing. Not ours.”
It didn’t work. Boebert fired back with both barrels with the truth that everybody already knows, “6 killed and 18 wounded in your city this past weekend. Nearly 200 murders this year so far. Go fix your city, hack.”
6 killed and 18 wounded in your city this past weekend.
Nearly 200 murders this year so far.
Go fix your city, hack. https://t.co/hw9g5StXQc
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) May 10, 2022
The irony of war
Is that you need weapons to fight it and mayor Lightfoot is against them! Beth Baumann pointed out the ridiculous, “You hate the Second Amendment and firearms. How you gonna fight?”
Monica Matthews pointed out that the court made it clear about that opinion and calling for war is wrong. She tweeted, “This is absolute bullsh*t @LoriLightfoot and you know it. The court made that very clear in its ‘leaked’ opinion. You should be arrested for calling for the murder of Americans. LIAR.”
“A call to arms.”
You hate the Second Amendment and firearms. How you gonna fight?
— Beth Baumann (@eb454) May 10, 2022
Musk can’t end this war yet
The conservative band Five Times August knows Elon Musk bought Twitter but Musk might not have control of it yet. The band tweeted out, “Alright @Twitter time to remove Lori Lightfoot. Those are the rules.” Radio host Eric Erickson again pointed out her irony, “A ‘call to arms’ says the Mayor of Murder Capital USA.”
The situation would be reversed if a conservative had done this. Newsbusters editor Curtis Houck pointed out, “If a Republican mayor did this, CNN’s John Avlon and Brianna Keilar and Don Lemon would be make snarky faces into the camera with some hushed tones about what dangerous rhetoric the right is perpetuating,” But since she’s a Democrat, she’s given a pass. Matt Whitlock publicly noted, “She knows exactly what she’s doing with this. And she knows she’ll get away with it because she’s a Democrat.”
If a Republican mayor did this, CNN's John Avlon and Brianna Keilar and Don Lemon would be make snarky faces into the camera with some hushed tones about what dangerous rhetoric the right is perpetuating. https://t.co/Ea0jARgdYS
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 10, 2022
Mayor, you really don’t want a war
You would lose. One person who was all too familiar with civil war chimed in. Indian author Ajit Datta tweeted that we were being watched, “The Mayor of Chicago is preparing for a civil war. I want to reiterate, we in India are watching the situation closely. We appeal that both sides de-escalate. I’m sure our leaders would be happy to mediate and re-establish the rule of law over there.”
It doesn’t help that the President himself remains neutral in the sense that no action is being taken to stop it. There are laws on the books against what is being proposed.
Protest can escalate to war
The outgoing press secretary Jen Psaki surely knows this. AP correspondent Will Weissert pointed out Virginia law is actually against any kind of protest, peaceful or otherwise, outside a private residence.
“You suggested that peacefully protesting outside the homes of judges and Supreme Court justices is part of freedom of expression and part of, sort of, what we do in the United States. But there’s a law of Virginia that actually prohibits protests outside private residence, even when done peacefully. So I’m wondering if any sort of demonstrations outside of private homes might run afoul of that law and other laws like it in other parts of the country.”
She sort of answered the question.
“We’re certainly not suggesting anyone break any laws. I would note that the President’s view has long been — and I tweeted this earlier this morning and repeated — and made a number of these comments last week as well that violence, threats, and intimidation have no place in political discourse. Yes, we are a country that promotes democracy, and we certainly allow for peaceful protest in a range of places in the country. None of it should violate the law; no one is suggesting that. And it should never resort to violence, to threats, to intimidation in any way, shape, or form. But that is what our position is and the President’s position is.” The “non-answer answer” is part of the problem.