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Chicago Democrat Mayor Issues ‘Call To Arms’ After Leaked Supreme Court Draft

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Conservatives are furious at Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot after she sent a fiery tweet in response to the leaked Supreme Court decision to end Roe v Wade.

As protests have raged outside of the homes of some of the conservative members of the Supreme Court, and as Catholic churches have been vandalized, the embattled Chicago mayor issued a “call to arms.”

“To my friends in the LGBTQ+ community—the Supreme Court is coming for us next. This moment has to be a call to arms,” she said in a tweet.

“We will not surrender our rights without a fight—a fight to victory!” she said.

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Conservatives were quick to respond.

“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…,” Tim Young said.

“You hate the Second Amendment and firearms. How you gonna fight?” Beth Baumann said.

“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,” Monica Matthews said.

“Alright @Twitter time to remove Lori Lightfoot. Those are the rules,” conservative band Five Times August argued.

“A ‘call to arms’ says the Mayor of Murder Capital USA,” conservative radio host Erick Erickson said.

“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,” NewsBusters editor Curtis Houck argued.

“She knows exactly what she’s doing with this. And she knows she’ll get away with it because she’s a Democrat,” Matt Whitlock said.

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“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,” author Ajit Datta said.

“Lori Lightfoot advocates for an insurrection after SCOTUS leak,” Breitbart reporter Wendell Husebo said.

During her press briefing on Monday the press secretary, whose last day is on Friday, bristled at the questions posed by Fox News White House correspondent Alexandria Hoff.

But the questioning was started by AP correspondent Will Weissert who pointed to a Virginia law that prohibits that type of protesting.

“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,” he said.

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“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,” the press secretary said.

“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,” she insisted.

In the tweet she made reference to she did condemn any acts of violence associated with the protests.

[email protected] strongly believes in the Constitutional right to protest. But that should never include violence, threats, or vandalism. Judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety,” she said.

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But her feet were held to the fire Hoff.

“Does the President plan to condemn the leak of the Supreme Court draft opinion or the doxing of the justices, now that we’ve seen violence unfold?” she said.

“Well, I would say that we have been clear and the President’s position has long been that we should not see protests that takes the form of violence, that takes the form of vandalism, and that threatens anyone.  That has long been his position for his entire career and continues to be his position,” she said, as she did not condemn the leak.

“We have not seen violence or vandalism against Supreme Court justices.  We have seen it at Catholic churches.  That’s unacceptable.  The President does not support that.

“We have seen it at some conservative organizations.  That — we don’t support that.  And we certainly call for — we know the passion.  We understand the passion.  We understand the concern.  But what the President’s position is that that should be peaceful — the protests,” she said.

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