“The View’ co-host Whoopi Goldberg is downplaying Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s controversial “call to arms” statement as nothing more than recycled 1960s-era rhetoric.
In the video clip above from the long-running ABC daytime liberal chat show, Goldberg provided this justification during a wide-ranging discussion/lamentation of the leaked, draft Supreme Court opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito that would strike down the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
If it is ever adopted by the majority on the high court, Alito’s ruling would return the abortion rights issue to the states to regulate individually.
In a portion of the conversation, guest co-host Alyssa Farah, who worked in the Trump administration but has now become more or less a Never Trumper, suggested that pro-choice activists have the right to peacefully protest outside the homes of justices.
“What I did think went too far,” she added, “is Lori Lightfoot…put out a statement saying this is ‘a call to arms,’ talking about the potential decision around Roe v. Wade. That is damaging, reckless language. That is not what we need right now. We need to take the temperature down and have a real discussion.”
In two tweets, Lightfoot, a far-left Democrat, messaged that “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!”
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) May 10, 2022
Lightfoot’s claim, and others like it, seems to suggest that Democrat operatives have concluded that the pro-choice, pro-life controversy is not the wedge issue that they thought it was in the run-up to the November midterm elections.
As such, they have seized upon a mythical rollback of other rights as a talking point for the political establishment.
According to a New York Post editorial earlier this week, “the fact is that most of Americans are neither completely pro-life nor totally pro-choice, but a mix of both.”
The mayor of the crime-ridden city also plans to spend $500,000 to make Chicago an abortion “oasis.”
A blue state like Illinois will almost certainly continue to make the pregnancy-termination procedure legal.
Mayor Lightfoot declares Chicago abortion ‘oasis’ in red Midwest; ramps up rhetoric with ‘call to arms’ https://t.co/qfXdy5UePV
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) May 10, 2022
“Co-host Sara Haines agreed with Farah, but went on to contrast the abortion protests with the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, claiming the former were ‘peaceful’ despite the attack by an arsonist on Wisconsin Family Action, a group staunchly opposed to abortion, at its Madison headquarters, another arson attack on an Oregon pro-life group’s office, as well as reports of vandalism against churches,” Fox News observed.
Goldberg, who seems to be a fan of a sex strike to protect abortion rights, defended Lightfoot.
“I think that Lori, when she says ‘a call to arms,’ that’s something that we in the ’60s know what that means. That doesn’t mean to go and do any fighting. That means to pay attention and make sure you’re there voting, doing what you need to do,” Goldberg insisted.
‘The View’ hosts get support from BOTH sides for pushing a ‘sex strike’: ‘Odd threat…Just sayin’ https://t.co/oa9lGYtkqN
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) May 5, 2022
Earlier in that portion of the discussion, Farah explained the protests outside the conservative justices’ homes were consistent with the right to peacefully assemble under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution but that “the more appropriate venue is the steps of the Supreme Court. I worry it could begin to look like intimidation.”
Goldberg chimed in that Alito’s opinion also “looks like intimidation.” Co-host Joy Behar then opined that it was appropriate that Justice Alito lost his “freedom of choice” because “he can not leave the house easily.”
Former Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass, an expert on Chicago politics, asserted on his blog that Lightfoot’s priorities are fundamentally misplaced.
“Failing politically, having lost her city, unable to deal with violent crime, she’s become desperate. She’s in need of enemies, to help her rally support,” he wrote.
Commenting on her tweets, Kass added “That’s nonsense. But it does it matter to the mayor, who has no clue on dealing with violent crime? A mayor on the hunt for enemies as she casts for political cash from Planned Parenthood. Lightfoot is a former federal prosecutor, an officer of the court, who constantly complains about ‘gun violence.’ Yet she wants to war with the Supreme Court and issues a ‘call to arms?’ She seems to have lost her mind…”
Parenthetically, as many have already observed, the my body, my choice, body-autonomy cohort remained silent when thousands of women (and men) were forced out of their jobs across the country, including those in the nursing profession and first responders, because of a COVID vaccine mandate.
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