The right-wing outrage machine—which to this day promotes the Big Lie and excuses the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol—performatively clutched its pearls and condemned Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s figurative “call to arms.” In response to the recent Supreme Court draft opinion that will likely overturn Roe v. Wade, Mayor Lightfoot, who is Black and lesbian, tweeted a warning: “To my friends in the LGBTQ+ community—the Supreme Court is coming for us next. This moment has to be a call to arms.” The mayor followed that statement up with another tweet, adding, “We will not surrender our rights without a fight—a fight to victory.” First, she’s absolutely correct to take Republicans literally and seriously when they’re transparent about their plan to roll back our constitutionally protected rights. Justice Samuel Alito, who penned the infamous draft opinion that will likely overturn Roe v. Wade, has publicly expressed his disgust over gay marriage. He’s joined by Republican Sen. John Cornyn, who shared his criticism with Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark 2015 Supreme Court decision that allowed marriage equality, during the confirmation hearing of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. In order to remove all traces of subtlety, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signed what critics have called the “Don’t Say Gay” that curtails discussion of LGBTQ+ identities in schools and, for good measure, GOP senators asked the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board for a label to warn parents about LGBTQ+ content in shows. However, even though one would assume Republicans would not support Mayor Lightfoot’s politics, surely they’d be fine with her passionate (and quite obviously metaphorical) “call to arms,” right? I mean, this is the same radicalized movement that has consistently admired and applauded former President Donald Trump’s belligerence. Let’s recall that Trump openly warned, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” in response to the largely peaceful protests against the murder of George Floyd. Last week, former Defense Secretary Mark Esper shared that Trump asked, “can't you just shoot [the protestors], just shoot them in the legs or something?” Trump also asked if he could shoot missiles into Mexico against drug cartels. And, of course, Trump directly incited the Jan. 6 riot. (Don’t take my word for it, that’s what Mitch McConnell said after cravenly voting to acquit at Trump’s second impeachment.) “ What’s the difference between Trump’s repeated calls for violence and Mayor Lightfoot’s figurative tweet? ” Mayor Lightfoot simply promised to make Chicago an “oasis” for abortions, and her figurative “call” was rooted in civil rights history of inspiring non-violent protest for social change. But, a tweet was apparently too much for the right-wing, even as numerous elected Republicans have active ties to armed militias. Sen. Ted Cruz, who was bullied by Tucker Carlson into disowning his original condemnation of the Jan. 6 insurrection, tweeted “#DemMobViolence” in response to Lightfoot. Political commentator Rob Maness called her a “seditionist,” and right-wing blogger Matt Walsh alleged she was calling for “more violence across the country.” Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee has excused the Jan. 6 rioters as “ordinary citizens” who were engaged in “legitimate political discourse.” Trump supporters, mostly white, are never “thugs,” “criminals” or “inciting violence” to the right. They’re always the victims. Hmmm. I wonder why? What’s the difference between Trump’s repeated calls for viole . . . read the full article here.