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The NRA Is Getting Called Out For Unsurprisingly Classless Halloween Attack On Chicago Mayor

The NRA Is Getting Called Out For Unsurprisingly Classless Halloween Attack On Chicago Mayor

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The NRA is getting called out on Twitter after a nasty tweet attacking Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Though the tweet’s text is directed at her policies and political stances, the imagery has people calling the organization out for thinly-veiled racism.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JULY 29: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot appears on stage during Lollapalooza 2021 at Grant Park on July 29, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/WireImage)

In the tweet text, the NRA says that some people don’t even need costumes for Halloween, because their policies are scary enough. There is probably agreement from every point of the political spectrum on that notion, if not on exactly which policies are “scary” — or deadly dangerous.

They didn’t stop at that though — they photoshopped Mayor Lightfoot’s face onto the image of a movie character, apparently to emphasize the point about her “not needing” a costume. However, the character in question was Beetlejuice — which is to say, they placed the photo of a strong WOC in a leadership position in an outfit one costume site, Costumet, describes as “half a salesman and half a prisoner.”

[Screenshot via NRA/Twitter]

The organization was quickly called out for the racist dog-whistle in the tweet, as well as for their overall stance on guns and their political connections.

Even some Second Amendment supporters showed up to say that this was an unproductive personal attack and suggest that the NRA could have focused on policy issues instead.

Lightfoot has been criticized by the far-right for her stance on gun control in a city whose name itself is often used as a dog whistle, as well as for her support of Black Lives Matter, and most recently, over vaccine mandates.

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