Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) — a first-term Congresswoman who has staked her political career on issues like her intention to carry a gun while on duty in the Capitol — posted on Twitter over the weekend in opposition to comments from liberal political commentator Keith Olbermann, who claimed that a certain participant in the recent Capitol riots was Boebert’s mother. Boebert insisted that “[anyone] with a working pair of eyes can clearly see that my mother is not the woman photographed,” insisting that Olbermann’s “rabid tweets have fomented hatred and violent threats towards an innocent private citizen.” Suggesting that Boebert herself is somehow innocent of inciting “hatred and violent threats” is ridiculous.
Boebert helped push the lie that the recent presidential election included “fraudulent” votes for Biden, which gave rhetorical cover to the Capitol rioters, who stormed the building while Congress was inside and formally certifying Biden’s electoral college victory. After the riot, Boebert’s communications director — Ben Goldey — actually resigned, citing the violence as the reason for his departure. Once Congress reconvened after the riot to continue its work of certifying Biden’s electoral college victory, Boebert was one of a significant number of House Republicans who voted against certifying some of Biden’s electoral votes. That Republican stunt was based in virulent delusion about the recent presidential election.
Besides her comments about Olbermann’s allegation — which he apparently didn’t personally come up with, instead having spread the allegation once it originated elsewhere — Boebert also complained over the weekend about Biden’s picks for administration jobs. She complained that the “lead negotiator for the Iran Deal is Joe Biden’s nominee for Deputy Secretary of State,” asking, “How could the architect of such a foreign policy failure even be considered?” She also added that Iran and “all our adversaries” are “laughing at us.” Boebert failed to acknowledge the fact that the deal was working before Donald Trump moved to withdraw the United States from the arrangement, suddenly putting it on shaky ground.
Boebert is one of a number of first-term Republican members of Congress who don’t exactly seem well-suited for their positions, to say the least. For example, Tommy Tuberville — a new Republican U.S. Senator from Alabama — recently seemed to miss the fact that the three branches of the federal government are the executive, legislative, and judicial systems. He also claimed that the U.S. fought Communism in World War II… but the U.S. actually fought alongside the Communists of the Soviet Union.
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