Lauren Boebert, who represents Colorado’s 3rd congressional district, has never made class much of her brand. Her idea of nuanced political speech is to tweet a photo of herself holding a sign that reads “Let’s go Brandon!” — a term that translates to “Fuck Joe Biden.”
But Boebert outdid herself during Biden’s inaugural State of the Union address on March 1, when she aloud accused him of essentially killing thirteen American soldiers during the chaotic US withdrawal. in 2021 from Afghanistan as he paid tribute to his son Beau, a veteran who died of brain cancer.
His co-conspirator in this moment of pride for democracy was Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, QAnon’s favorite chosen one, who sat so close to Boebert during the speech that the couple appeared to be auditioning for a sequel to the saturday night live skit that portrayed them as gun-addicted vaccine skeptics.
None of this should surprise voters. Just before his 2020 election, Boebert was a few minutes late for an interview with Westword because she was chatting on the phone with gun fanatic Ted Nugent. Upon hearing that Nugent once called Hillary Clinton a “toxic jerk” in that same publication, she replied, “I don’t use that kind of colorful language. to get my point across – although I never really thought it was my place to criticize those who do.”
During the State of the Union, documented by NPRBiden noted the medical hardships suffered by soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, pointing out that some ended up with “cancer that would put them in a flag-draped coffin.”
At that moment, Boebert, sporting a fashionable “Drill Baby Drill” shawl, shouted, “You put them on. Thirteen of them.”
As the boos spread through the congressional chamber, Biden, who appeared to be turning in Boebert’s direction, finished his thought, reminding those present that one of those cancer victims was “my son, Major Beau Biden”.
No video has yet surfaced of Boebert’s outburst. But a photo of her and Taylor Greene right below has been widely shared by outlets such as The hillas seen here:
— The Hill (@thehill) March 2, 2022
In 2009, Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina had his forehead slapped when he barked “You’re lying!” during President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address. Wilson then issued a weak apology (NPR notes that he later used the moment to raise funds), but acknowledging any regret wouldn’t have been Boebert’s style. Instead, she socialized a justification for her lack of civility by suggesting that she was only doing her moral duty, without exhibiting terribly poor impulse control.
When Biden said flag-draped caskets, I couldn’t stay silent. I told him directly that he did. He put 13 in there.
Our heroic soldiers deserve so much better.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) March 2, 2022
The next day, Twitter continues to be inflamed with shock and disgust at Boebert’s behavior. But the fallout is unlikely to hurt her much among True Believers in her district – and so far her only potential Democratic challenger in the upcoming election to draw much attention is Alex Walker, whose campaign video includes a Boebert lookalike spraying voters with liquefied sewage.
It’s not a subtle metaphor, but it’s looking more and more like a good one.