In recent comments to the Associated Press, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) was dismissive of what she characterized as “unhinged” public behavior from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), marking yet another rift on the far-right of the GOP as they stagger into what looks like it’ll be a chaotic two years in the House majority.
Boebert and Greene, despite similarities in their political backgrounds and allegiances, were on opposite sides of the recent fight over who the House would choose as Speaker, with Boebert mostly opposing House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and Greene in his favor — and publicly speaking against some of those among Republicans, like Boebert and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, who were holding up the process. Boebert doesn’t sound thrilled with Greene, either. “I have been asked to explain MTG’s beliefs on Jewish space lasers, on why she showed up to a white supremacist conference,” she said. “I’m just not going to go there… She wants to say all these things and seem unhinged on Twitter, so be it.”
Also in discussion with the Associated Press, Boebert talked about wanting to focus on policy rather than going after opponents, but it’s unclear if that’ll mean much of a change in terms of her actions. “I’m still going to be me,” she told the AP. Boebert’s description of the Georgia Congresswoman’s antics isn’t off-base, though. Greene was recently talking on Twitter about what would amount to bombing Mexico. She phrased the prospect as launching an attack on the drug cartels operating in that country rather than the country itself — which is a meaningless distinction. If they’re in Mexico, firing missiles at the groups would mean firing missiles into Mexico, since that’s how geography works.
She’s all-in regarding trying to encourage fear among Americans, though. Posting a years-old video on Twitter just the other day showing what was allegedly a confrontation between Mexican military personnel and a cartel, Greene told her followers there “is a real war being waged right now in Mexico. Very soon this war between the Cartel and the Mexican government could extend to our border and southern US cities. We must secure our border immediately.” So, her argument is that if this thing that is not currently happening (a “war” in southern U.S. cities) suddenly started happening — for which there are no real-world warnings, any more than there’s a cue the moon will suddenly explode — then that would be bad. There is not a lot there, honestly.