Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was roasted on Twitter on Saturday for posting a picture of herself, masked, and reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" in a Texas bookstore.
"In Texas, reading any damn book I choose," Lightfoot posted on Sunday. "No banning of books or thought. Ever."
She's posing near a bookstore sign that reads "Caution: Banned books."
"To Kill a Mockingbird," was banned from schools in Burbank, California, following allegations from four parents — three of whom were black — that the book poses potential harm to the district's roughly 400 black students, according to Fox News.
Lightfoot’s tweet comes as Chicago Police Department were called in to clear Millennium Park, after a 16-year-old boy was killed after being shot in the chest at approximately 7:30 pm on Saturday.
Local news reported "Police said hundreds of young people were at Millennium Park Saturday night and began flooding surrounding streets. Officers were called in to clear the park."
According to local reports, police officers and locals were pelted with items by rioters at the scene. Crowds could be seen on video throwing items including chairs at passing civilian vehicles.
"Are you sure you're not in Gavin Newsom's California?" radio host Larry O'Connor chirped at Lightfoot.
Daily Wire investigative reporter Luke Rosi responded that, according to Barack Obama, it's easier for a kid to get a gun than a book in Chicago.
"Yep, Red states rock," wrote Dr. Nan Hayworth, a former Republican Congresswoman from New York.
"Good to see Chicago's mayor celebrating this. Let's see if she takes home any lessons."
"I don’t get it," tweeted National Review editor Philip Klein. "Was this an attempted dunk on Texas? Because the takeaway here is that in Texas, she can read any damn book she chooses."
"Thank GOD you’re wearing a mask."
Some Twitter users urged Lightfoot to attend to Chicago's skyrocketing crime rate instead.
"I can understand why you're in Texas, based on reports about what's currently happening in Chicago," said journalist Stephen L. Miller.
Cook County GOP responded to Lightfoot, calling her a "clown," and noting the shooting of the teenage boy in Millennium Park.
According to CBS Chicago, crime is going up in the city as arrest rates decrease.
In 2022, there were 2,422 robberies in Chicago but just 145 arrests, which is 41 percent less arrests than in 2019. Meanwhile, there have been 3,980 motor vehicle thefts this year – but only about 136 arrests. That amounts to about three of every 100.
Chicago Police Department said arrests rates are up for murder and aggravated battery in 2022 compared with 2021.
There have been 208 homicides in Chicago so far this year, per data from Chicago Sun-Times. There were 793 homicide victims in Chicago in 2021.
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