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.
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.”
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.
Why are all NRA members racists?
— Nitra Landers 金属花 🤘 (@NitramLand) October 31, 2021
Don't debate or disagree with policy, just attack people.
That's how dishonest & disgusting your organization is.
— Saint Jane (@St__Jane) October 31, 2021
Is now a good time to talk about common sense gun control laws? Or are you choads still pimping for gun manufacturers?
— The Hidden Truth (@Hidden__Truth__) October 31, 2021
Excellent propaganda, death dealers.
— Asher Z. Feldman 🟣 أشر فلدمان (@asherfeld) October 31, 2021
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.
Why antagonize? #2A all day but don't be a dick. Maybe just a poster of the hotspot gun violence areas with an overlay of gun control laws?
— Crazy Doge Uncle G€ofFRO BoDINE (@MemGeoff) October 31, 2021
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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