Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot faced a wave of criticism after tweeting a ‘call to arms’ for the LGBTQ community who she claimed the Supreme Court would target next if they overturn Roe V. Wade.
On Monday night, Lightfoot – Chicago’s first openly gay, black female mayor – warned the LGBTQ community that an end to Roe V. Wade would pave the way for the court to limit their own rights and called on the community to ‘fight.’
‘To my friends in the LGBTQ+ community—the Supreme Court is coming for us next. This moment has to be a call to arms,’ Lightfoot tweeted.
‘We will not surrender our rights without a fight—a fight to victory!’
The message was slammed for allegedly provoking violence while the Department of Justice was criticized for failing to stop protesters who continue to camp outside the homes of three Supreme Court judges.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted a ‘call to arms’ (above) as the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe V. Wade, writing on Monday night, ‘We will not surrender our rights without a fight—a fight to victory!’
Lightfoot (left), pictured with Chicago leaders in support of keeping Roe V. Wade, warned the LGBTQ community that the Supreme Court would target them next if the community doesn’t fight to defend the landmark abortion case
It comes as protesters lined up over the weekend and on Monday to demonstrate outside the homes of three Supreme Court Justices. Pictured, protesters marched outside the home of Justice Samuel Alito, who authored the court’s leaked draft opinion
Twitter user Tim Young bashed the mayor’s ‘call to arms’ while referencing the city’s high shooting and murder rate.
‘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,’ he wrote.
Mark Dice echoed the criticism, tweeting ‘Isn’t there already enough shootings and murders in your city, mayor?’
So far, the city has reported 194 murders in 2022, only a six percent drop from the same time last year.
Chicago police also reported 779 shooting incidents so far this year, a 13 percent drop. Overall crime in the Windy City has skyrocketed by 35 percent in the past year.
Other Twitter users, such Viva Frei, also called out the apparent hypocrisy in Lightfoot’s tweets after she slammed former president Trump Donald Trump’s tweets during the January 6 riot, where his supporters stormed the Capitol to try and stop the certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 election win.
Frei wrote, ‘…a call to arms’. ‘a fight to victory’. Trump was impeached for saying ‘fight like hell’.
Buzz Patterson, another Twitter user, suggested Lightfoot should be banned from Twitter like Trump had been.
Patterson wrote, ‘Sounds like an incitement to insurrection to me. Twitter?’
Many on Twitter slammed Lightfoot’s tweets, likening it to Donald Trump’s tweets on January 6 while also bashing the mayor for Chicago’s high crime rate
Lightfoot’s ‘call to arms’ comes as pro-choice activists began demonstrating outside the homes of the three conservative justices following a leak from the Supreme Court last week that revealed that five-Republican appointed judges were willing to overturn Roe V. Wade.
Over the weekend, the protesters showed up outside the homes of Chief Justice Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh, and on Monday, protesters showed up outside Samuel Alito’s home.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has not issued a statement as to why protesters have not been arrested despite the law dictating that it is illegal to ‘picket or parade’ with the intent to ‘interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer’ near a U.S. court or ‘near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer’ will be fined, or ‘imprisoned not more than one year, or both.’
The DOJ did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
The protests came as far-left Antifa protesters threw a Molotov Cocktail into the offices of a pro-life group, Wisconsin Family Action, in Madison, on Sunday.
The group also scrawled a chilling message on the wall that read, ‘If abortions aren’t safe you aren’t either,’ as well as the Antifa Symbol – a capital ‘A’ inside a circle – and the number 1312, which is a code that stands for ACAB, meaning ‘All Cps are Bastards.’
Officers were positioned outside the home of Chief Justice John Roberts on Saturday as protesters called on the Supreme Court to keep Roe V. Wade in tact
One protester was pictured with a pro-choice sign outside Robert’s home, in Maryland
Demonstrators also appeared by the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday
The protests continued into Monday night as demonstrators made their way to the home of Justice Alito, in Virginia. Pictured, protestors and officers standing by outside Alito’s home
Andy McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, called out the DOJ for remaining quiet over the protests while previously directing the FBI to investigate ‘threats of violence’ at heated school board meetings over Critical Race Theory debates.
‘Not only was it untrue that schools were under siege; the relationship between parents and schools is a state and local issue, not a federal one — hypothetically, if a parent were to assault a teacher, it would be a state crime, not a federal one,’ McCarthy told Fox News.
‘By contrast, the protection of the Supreme Court as an institution, and of the justices’ security, are patently federal matters over which federal law-enforcement has clear jurisdiction.
‘It is inexcusable that the Justice Department is so silent and passive now, when it was loud and active over a manufactured controversy as to which it had no jurisdiction,’ he added.
Following the protests at the justice’s home and attack in Wisconsin, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that while Biden supports American’s right to protest, the administration condemns any form of violent demonstrations.
‘POTUS strongly believes in the Constitutional right to protest,’ Psaki tweeted. ‘But that should never include violence, threats, or vandalism,’ Psaki tweeted. ‘Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety.’
Far-left Antifa protesters threw at least one Molotov cocktail into the offices of a pro-life group in Madison, Wisconsin over the weekend – discovered on Mothers’ Day Sunday
The extremist group wrote in graffiti on the outside of the building a warning: ‘If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either’
Psaki tweeted on Monday that while President Joe Biden does ‘believe in the Constitutional right to protests,’ she added it ‘should never include violence, threats, or vandalism’
The rising tension over abortion issues and responsibility of officials fanning the flames on Twitter triggered Elon Musk to comment that the platform, which he is purchasing for $44 billion, ‘obviously has a strong left-wing bias’ as he hit back at a liberal reporter calling for violence against anti-abortion groups.
Caroline Reilly, a reporter for Rewire News Group, had shared a New York Times story about the burning and attempted bombing at the Wisconsin pro-life group’s office.
‘More of this,’ she wrote in a now-deleted tweet. ‘May these people never know a moment of peace or safety until they rot in the ground.’
Reilly was slammed by conservatives on the site in the immediate aftermath, and Mike Cernovich – a conspiracy theorist known for his propagation of the baseless Pizzagate theory that high ranking Democrats were running a pedophilic sex-trafficking ring out of a D.C. pizza shop – made sure Musk knew about the tweet.
He tagged the Tesla CEO in a tweet accusing the platform of allowing verified accounts to incite violence in the name of liberal causes on Sunday evening.
‘Here you go @elonmusk, when Twitter employees invariably lie to you about enforcement policy, maybe they can explain why a verified account is allowed to incite terrorism without any care in the world about being banned.’
Musk later replied to Cernovich, writing: ‘Twitter obv has a strong left wing bias.’
He later clarified that he believed that speech on Twitter should be governed by the laws of the country in which it is being used.
‘Like I said, my preference is to hew close to the laws of countries in which Twitter operates.
‘If the citizens want something banned, then pass a law to do so, otherwise it should be allowed.’
Cernovich is a far-right conspiracy theorist known for propagating the Pizzagate theory
Minutes after saying that Twitter leans strongly left, Musk followed up with a tweet saying he believed the platform should conform to the speech laws of the country it is being used in