Whoopi Goldberg Defends Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s ‘Call to Arms’ Comment on Roe vs. Wade

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“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg tried to defend Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday following her controversial remarks about Roe v. Wade, which included a “call to arms” for those enraged by his potential demise.

“To my friends in the LGBTQ+ community – the Supreme Court comes next for us. This moment must be a call to arms,” ​​the Democratic mayor, who identifies as lesbian, tweeted Monday night, drawing heavy criticism.

A number of critics have accused Lightfoot of “inciting violence” and calling for an “insurrection”.

Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of “The View,” on set of the show on May 10, 2022. (Screenshot/ABC)


Goldberg offered his words of support during a segment on ‘The View’ discussing controversial protests at Supreme Court justices’ homes over the court’s leaked draft opinion suggesting it could be settled to overturn Roe v. Wade.

His fellow liberal co-hosts defended the protests; however, guest co-host Alyssa Farah used the discussion to condemn Lightfoot’s comments.

“What I think I’ve gone too far is Lori Lightfoot… released a statement saying it was a ‘call to arms’, talking about the potential decision around Roe vs. Wade. That’s prejudicial and reckless language. That’s not what we need right now. We need to bring the temperature down and have a real discussion,” Farah said.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, pictured at City Hall on April 15, 2021.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, pictured at City Hall on April 15, 2021.
(Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Co-host Sara Haines agreed with Farah, but then compared the abortion protests to the January 6 storming of the US Capitol, saying the former were “peaceful”.

“I think Lori, when she says ‘a call to arms,’ that’s something that we in the ’60s know what that means,” Goldberg added. “It doesn’t mean going to fight. It means pay attention and make sure you’re there to vote, do what you have to do.”


Before Lightfoot came under fire for her comments, the liberal mayor pledged to make Chicago an “oasis” for abortions if the Supreme Court eventually overturns Roe v. Wade.


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