Boebert Under The Bus…By The New York Post?

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R) and her husband Jayson Boebert.

We awoke this morning to another hard-hitting story targeting Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado in national media, the cantankerous freshman from Rifle who has in less than two weeks in office managed to scare the hell out of her new colleagues and deepen urgent questions about security at the U.S. Capitol. A lot of the details in this story about Boebert’s lengthy criminal record readers have seen before–but it’s the source today, the conservative-leaning New York Post, that’s turning heads:

The 34-year-old lawmaker, who beat her district’s very conservative Rep. Scott Tipton in a primary upset last June, has a rap sheet unusually long for a member of Congress.

And her track record of thumbing her nose at law continued this week after she tussled with Capitol Police officers over her refusal to walk through newly installed House metal detectors… [Pols emphasis]

While the lawmaker was eventually allowed to enter the House chambers, she is facing growing questions about her role in assisting the deadly riot on Capitol Hill Jan. 6. Just hours before the violence, she tweeted, “today is 1776.” In the days leading up to the unrest, Boebert made a spectacle of her intention to remain armed in the Capitol, earning another rebuke from local law enforcement.

The link between Boebert’s criminal record, generally small-scale misconduct and failures to appear but still betraying a good deal of disregard for the law, with the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th and Boebert’s refusal to submit to metal detectors installed outside the House chambers in its aftermath, is not one we’ve seen explicitly made in major media.

But it’s a very good point, don’t you think?

There is a damning parallel to be drawn between Boebert’s demonstrated contempt for the legal system on a small scale–like failing to appear in court for minor cases, or thumbing her nose at the Garfield County public health department–and the lawless mob that believed storming the U.S. Capitol was an acceptable way to resolve their dispute over the 2020 elections. Boebert’s case recalls the controversial law enforcement “broken window theory,” where an environment of minor infractions creates a climate ripe for greater ones. Or to employ another common law enforcement analogy, Boebert’s petty lawlessness is a “gateway drug” to something worse.

Either way, revisiting Boebert’s criminal history in light of the violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, violence Boebert stands accused of helping incite with her bellicose rhetoric on social media and baseless challenges of the electoral slate as her first act in Congress, is absolutely fair and needs to happen.

As for why the East Coast’s most notorious pro-GOP tabloid is going there, that’s anybody’s guess.

Perhaps Boebert offended a powerful New Yorker’s sensibilities.

Weekend Open Thread

“Those who invoke history will certainly be heard by history. And they will have to accept its verdict.”

–Dag Hammarskjold

Rep. Boebert’s Young Intern Resigns Due To Family’s Concern For His Safety

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Rep. Boebert’s now-former intern, Weston Imer, with his mother Laurel on Jan. 5

Citing his family’s concern for his safety, Colorado teenager Weston Imer resigned from his paid internship for Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) after just six days. His brief time as a House staffer was cut short by the shocking insurrection attempt on Jan. 6 and the potential of more violence to come.

The precocious 17-year-old, who chaired the 2016 Trump Campaign’s Jefferson County effort at the age of twelve, and currently co-directs the political training group America First Republicans, announced his “reluctant” resignation on Facebook yesterday. The full video is available here.

He says he unsuccessfully tried to talk his family out of calling him back to Colorado, before acknowledging that being locked down inside the Capitol during the insurrection was “a little scary.”

KDVR-TV in Denver reported on his experience during the insurrection. In the report, he affirms his belief that “Antifa and [Black Lives Matter] BLM” orchestrated the storming of the Capitol in order to “make Trump supporters look bad.”

In addition to the violent insurrection on Jan. 6, Imer said his family’s concern’s included this Sunday’s planned events as well as “ongoing protests” in D.C. Flyers promoting an “armed march on D.C. and all fifty state Capitols” circulated online over the past week, prompting the FBI to issue warning about potential militia activity in Washington across the country.

Numerous militia groups and right-wing activists, including some in Colorado, have since disavowed the proposed protest and told members not to attend. Following the violence at the Capitol, however, authorities are taking substantial security precautions in advance of the inauguration. 

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► Operation Warp Speed WTF:

Via The Washington Post (1/15/21)

As The Washington Post reports:

When Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced this week that the federal government would begin releasing coronavirus vaccine doses held in reserve for second shots, no such reserve existed, according to state and federal officials briefed on distribution plans. The Trump administration had already begun shipping out what was available beginning at the end of December, taking second doses directly off the manufacturing line.

Now, health officials across the country who had anticipated their extremely limited vaccine supply as much as doubling beginning next week are confronting the reality that their allocations will not immediately increase, dashing hopes of dramatically expanding access for millions of elderly people and those with high-risk medical conditions. Health officials in some cities and states were informed in recent days about the reality of the situation, while others are still in the dark…

…These officials were told that Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s initiative to speed the development of vaccines and therapeutics, stopped stockpiling second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the end of last year, instead taking second doses directly off the manufacturing line. The last shots held in reserve of Moderna’s supply, meanwhile, began shipping out over the weekend.

As The Washington Post reports in a separate story, expect more problems with the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine because Trump administration officials are literally REFUSING TO CONSULT with staff for President-elect Joe Biden.

Click here for more on the response to this news from Gov. Jared Polis.

Also worth noting: The global death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 2 million.

 

► As The New York Times reports, Vice President Mike Pence is doing his best to pretend to be President since Donald Trump is no longer interested in the work:

Vice President Mike Pence telephoned Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Thursday to congratulate her and offer his belated assistance — filling a leadership role all but abdicated by President Trump, who is planning to fly out of the capital shortly before Joseph R. Biden Jr. is sworn in next week.

The Pence-Harris conversation, relayed by two officials briefed on the call, was described as gracious and pleasant. The discussion is the first time Mr. Pence and Ms. Harris have spoken since they debated each other last fall.

It also represents the only one-on-one interaction between the dueling 2020 presidential tickets: Mr. Trump has refused to call President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and has not even fully conceded defeat.

As for Trump, he plans to leave Washington D.C. the morning before Joe Biden’s inauguration because he has the emotional stability of a toddler.

 

► Senator Michael Bennet (D-Denver) says that the U.S. Senate can “walk and chew gum at the same time” in response to questions about handling both President Trump’s impeachment and confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden’s top appointees.

 

► The Aurora Sentinel reports on how the Colorado legislature is wrapping up a brief return to the State Capitol before taking a recess until February 16.

 

► Federal prosecutors say that a number of terrorists who attacked the Capitol last week planned to “capture and assassinate” elected officials.

 

 

More political (and coronavirus) news is available right after the jump…

 

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Trump Admin Fumbles Vaccine Distribution Again

President Trump and Gov. Jared Polis.

The Washington Post reports today, the word from the Trump administration earlier in the week that a “reserve” of COVID-19 vaccine doses would be released to the states under expedited new guidelines designed to get more Americans vaccinated faster, which had spurred hopes that the vaccine logjam would finally ease up, was in error:

When Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced this week that the federal government would begin releasing coronavirus vaccine doses held in reserve for second shots, no such reserve existed, according to state and federal officials briefed on distribution plans. The Trump administration had already begun shipping out what was available beginning at the end of December, taking second doses directly off the manufacturing line.

Now, health officials across the country who had anticipated their extremely limited vaccine supply as much as doubling beginning next week are confronting the reality that their allocations will not immediately increase, dashing hopes of dramatically expanding access for millions of elderly people and those with high-risk medical conditions. Health officials in some cities and states were informed in recent days about the reality of the situation, while others are still in the dark.

Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado is not happy:

Though it looks to be more a matter of miscommunication and ineptitude than outright treachery, it’s just the latest broken promise from the Trump administration on what should be the highest priority in the nation–the race to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19 as the daily death toll hits an unthinkable 4,000. The US ended 2020 with fewer than 3 million people vaccinated despite a goal set by the administration of 20 million. This is a failure compounding with each passing day, with a direct cost in preventable deaths.

Truly, January 20 cannot come fast enough.

TRANSCRIPT: Rep. Jason Crow on The Get More Smarter Podcast

Earlier this week we noted an interview for The Get More Smarter Podcast with Rep. Jason Crow (D-Aurora).

In the interview with hosts Jason Bane and Ian Silverii, Crow discussed the events of January 6; his confrontation with a fellow House Member the morning before the attack; how Crow explains last week’s events to his children; and why impeaching President Trump was unavoidable after he incited an insurrection.

You can listen to the full 15-minute interview below. After the jump, we have included a transcription of Crow’s comments.

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Dominion Election Conspiracy Originated in Part During Conservative’s Hunt for ‘Antifa Journalists’

(How the madness began – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Activist Joe Oltmann (right) “explains” an election fraud conspiracy theory to co-host Max McGuire (left)

Angered by the Colorado Times Recorder and other outlets’ reporting on his group FEC United, businessman-turned-conservative-activist Joe Oltmann went hunting for proof that several Colorado journalists–including this one–are members of Antifa. During the course of his research, Oltmann insists, he found evidence that a top executive at one of the largest voting equipment companies in the nation rigged the presidential election.

Oltmann hasn’t produced any of his proof publicly, but his doxxing of the Colorado man and his numerous appearances on right-wing media has produced something of note: multiple lawsuits.

Election equipment company Dominion Voting System recently announced it is suing Trump campaign lawyer Sydney Powell for $1.3 billion. This follows a separate personal defamation claim, filed by the Dominion staffer named by Oltmann, against the Trump campaign, Oltmann, and other far-right media figures.

To hear Joe Oltmann tell it, he didn’t go looking for evidence of his Dominion Voting conspiracy theory; he was on a hunt for “Antifa journalists.”

What prompted Oltmann’s quest to expose these supposed far-left members of the press he believes are conspiring with black-clad anarchists? 

According to Oltmann himself, it was at least in part the Colorado Times Recorder’s reporting on his group FEC United that led him down the Dominion rabbit hole. 

Oltmann first shared his theory on the Nov. 9 episode of his Conservative Daily podcast. Two days later his co-host asked him to summarize his “discovery” of the Dominion Voting Systems employee that he has subsequently accused of rigging the presidential election.

Truth be told I started [FEC United] and so…we had articles that were written about leadership at FEC by Antifa journalists right? People that are involved in Our Revolution which basically wants to–as Kris Jacks says he wants to basically kill people in the street behead people in the street–I mean I kid you not that’s what he said.

So as we’re going through this process I started seeing all these things were written by these activists. They’re not journalists; they’re activists. And so I just started doing research. Obviously, I’m involved in data and researching to find out Antifa members. I wanted to de-mask Antifa members in our society that were walking amongst us with the idea that they wanted to behead or harm other Americans.

So I got access to a phone call and inside of this call there was someone on that call that’s that called themselves Eric, right? Actually, somebody else called them Eric and somebody asked who Eric was and they said, well you know Eric’s a Dominion guy. So as we were walking through this process I didn’t think twice about it because I wasn’t looking for him. Obviously, I did research on him and found out he works for Dominion Voting Systems.

Oltmann goes on to say he didn’t think much of it at the time because he was focused on finding “Antifa journalists.” It wasn’t until he heard from a friend about Dominion Voting’s widespread use that Oltmann says he “put it all together” and started reaching out to the Department of Justice.

The timing of his epiphany matches with the far-right outlets OANN and Gateway Pundit reporting on so-called vote-counting glitches in states using Dominion Voting machines, claims which by Nov. 11 had already been debunked by the New York Times. That fact-checking went unnoticed not only by both Oltmann but also President Trump, apparently, who tweeted the OAN conspiracy theory on Nov. 12.

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Un-Squelched Lauren Boebert Has Learned No Lessons

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Scaring the hell out of people).

The Denver Post’s Conrad Swanson follows up on yesterday’s odd suspension and then un-suspension of Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Twitter account, reported by Boebert herself via Instagram to be a week-long suspension but mysteriously lifted by the afternoon:

Twitter officials temporarily barred Colorado’s newly elected Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert on Wednesday from tweeting after she spread false information about the presidential election, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed to The Denver Post.

However, after a review, the social media platform’s staff determined they had ruled in error and instead flagged as disputed Boebert’s Jan. 9 tweet that falsely accused Democrats of rigging the 2020 election.

“In this instance, our teams took the incorrect enforcement action,” the spokesperson said in an email. “The Tweet will not be required to be removed and the account will not be temporarily locked.”

“[S]tanding up for the Constitution, not just in word BUT IN DEED!” – Rep. Lauren Boebert (R).

In the absence of an explanation from Twitter about what specific rules Boebert violated to earn her suspension, many including ourselves speculated that it was in response to Tweets during the storming of the U.S. Capitol last week that could arguably be considered valuable intelligence provided to the insurrectionists. But Swanson reports that Twitter had instead flagged a Tweet in which Boebert accused Hillary Clinton of “rigging the election,” and after subsequent evaluation Twitter apparently decided to lock that particular Tweet and restore Boebert’s access.

Our purpose today is not to second-guess the Twitter Rules or how they are enforced by that private company, though obviously in the wake of what seems to be a capriciously-applied policy readers are likely to have some reasonable questions about that. But based on what Boebert has been Tweeting since her account was restored, we can say pretty confidently that Boebert has in no way been chastened by the experience:

Boebert Tweeted this today, on the morning of January 14th, but the language seems more like a Tweet from before the insurrection, when the incitement to violence flowed freely. When Rep. Boebert says today a week after the U.S. Capitol was attacked that Republicans need to stand up for the Constitution “not just in word BUT IN DEED” (emphasis hers), what exactly does she mean by that? Does the next sentence “Donald Trump gave us the model for how to lead” provide any clues? Hopefully not, since Trump was just impeached yesterday for inciting a violent insurrection that killed five people.

It’s Boebert’s “1776”, folks. Like Twitter moderators, Boebert’s increasingly nervous colleagues in Congress, and the FBI itself, we’re just trying to sort out the bellicose rhetoric from the bonafide threats to public safety.

Rep. Boebert is not making that easy, and it’s discomforting to say the least.

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► We witnessed history on Wednesday when Donald Trump became the first President in American history to be impeached TWICE — thereby cementing his place as the worst President we’ve ever had.

Congress has voted to impeach three different Presidents, but none with as bipartisan a vote as occurred on Wednesday. Chris Cillizza of CNN looks at one of the more surprising YES votes from the GOP caucus:

When Tom Rice voted “yes” on the impeachment of Donald Trump over the President’s role in inciting the riot that led to the storming of the US Capitol, most close congressional watchers assumed he had made a mistake.

After all, there was little to indicate that the reliably conservative South Carolina Republican would join nine other colleagues in breaking with the President (and the party) to back impeaching Trump. Unlike Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyoming) and Adam Kinzinger (Illinois), Rice hadn’t been an outspoken critic of Trump. And unlike Reps. John Katko (New York) and David Valadao (California), Rice doesn’t represent a swing district.

“Compared to the often raucous members of the state’s congressional delegation, Rice has been more low-profile and focused on his legislative work,” wrote the Almanac of American Politics of Rice, who has represented eastern South Carolina’s 7th district since 2012.

But Rice hadn’t made a mistake or accidentally pressed the wrong button. His vote to impeach was real — and without question, the most surprising of the 10 Republicans who bucked the President.

Dana Milbank of The Washington Post ponders the thought process of the 10 Republicans who voted in favor of impeachment.

You probably don’t need us to tell you how Colorado’s Congressional delegation voted on impeachment. The four Democrats voted YES, while the three Republicans voted NO. We double-checked that Rep. Ken Buck (R-Greeley) voted NO, since he seems to change his mind on a topic at least once every 24 hours.

 

► Trump’s impeachment trial now moves to the U.S. Senate, where it won’t likely be taken up until late next week at the earliest. As The Washington Post and others have reported, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled that he might support impeachment, if only to expedite the process of removing Trump’s presence from the Republican Party.

 

9News reports on local law enforcement efforts to secure the area around the State Capitol building in advance of planned “protests” in the next week.

 

► If you thought Colorado Republicans might have learned a lesson from their second consecutive drubbing at the polls in 2020…well, they didn’t. Led by new House Minority Leader Hugh McKean, House Republicans tried a bunch of pointless shenanigans on Wednesday as the state legislature briefly gaveled into session before a recess until Feb. 16 for coronavirus safety precautions.

As Alex Burness of The Denver Post notes:

 

 

More political (and coronavirus) news is available right after the jump…

 

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Gold Medalist, Armed Psycho From Colorado Charged By Feds

Olympic gold medalist and alleged pro-Trump insurrectionist Klete Keller.

As the investigation into last week’s deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol continues, two Colorado residents have been arrested and charged with federal crimes in relation to the violence. One is a gold medal Olympian relay swimmer living in Colorado Springs, and as the Denver Post’s Sam Tabachnik reports, he’s done selling houses too:

Klete Keller, an Olympic gold-medalist swimmer with ties to Colorado Springs, was charged Wednesday for his alleged participation in last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, court records show.

The 38-year-old, who won medals at three Olympic games as a relay partner of Michael Phelps, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with three counts relating to obstructing law enforcement, entering a restricted building without permission and “violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds,” according to his criminal complaint…

A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Keller in recent years worked as a real estate agent in Colorado Springs. The agency, Hoff & Leigh, announced Tuesday night that Keller had resigned “effective immediately.”

Always sad to see a once-great athlete turn to crime–but as with all of the people who either smashed their way into the U.S. Capitol or followed those who did, you have to ask what they expected would happen. Did Klete Keller think Donald Trump would bail him out? We’ll be watching to see how Trump’s incitement factors into Keller’s legal defense.

Another individual from Colorado now facing federal charges for his actions surrounding last week’s violence is, fair to say and Colorado Newsline reports, undeserving of sympathy:

“The defendant … drove his truck and an attached trailer to Washington D.C, arriving in Washington, D.C. late on January 6, 2021,” the filing alleges. “At the time of his arrest … the defendant was in possession of two firearms; a Glock nine millimeter G19 and a Tavor X95 rifle equipped with a telescopic sight. The defendant was also in possession of several high capacity magazines and approximately 2,500 rounds of ammunition of various caliber, including at least 320 rounds of ‘armor-piercing’ 5.56 rounds.”

…Investigators say that [Cleveland Grover] Meredith’s trip from Colorado to D.C. was slowed by car trouble; he stopped in Ohio to fix a set of broken tail lights on the trailer he was using to transport his arsenal, according to text messages reviewed by the FBI agents who arrested him. Meredith arrived in D.C. several hours after order had been restored at the Capitol, and checked in to a hotel just south of the National Mall.

”Staying one more day since I got here late, need to FK with these commies,” Meredith wrote in a text message, according to the filing.

“Thinking about heading over to (Pelosi’s) speech and putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV,” he wrote later, prosecutors allege.

We can all agree that we’re better off with this one in federal custody. The delay that Cleveland Grover Meredith had in driving from Colorado to D.C. with enough ammunition to kill hundreds of people seems to be another example of, despite the damage and loss of life inflicted a week ago, how things could have been much worse.

Like the disproportionate number of Coloradans who assisted Trump’s dozens of failed legal challenges to the election results, the regrettably large number of locals who traveled to Washington to defy the reality of Trump’s election less is a disgrace we are obliged to bear. And with the investigation continuing to sort through hours of self-incriminating video so many of these idiots posted of themselves committing federal crimes, it’s entirely likely that more Coloradans will be facing charges soon.

The consequences are necessary. If the book isn’t thrown at these people, someone will do this again.

CU Prof, Who Was Called “Fantastic” by Regent Ganahl, Pressed Pence to Block Election Confirmation

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

A visiting scholar at the University of Colorado, who was recently praised as “fantastic” by the lone Republican who holds a statewide elected position in Colorado, stood by President Trump in the White House as he desperately tried to stop Congress from declaring Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

Eastman

John Eastman, a controversial conservative figure who is currently a “visiting scholar” at CU Boulder’s Benson Center, a privately funded entity that promotes conservative views, was part of a last-ditch effort to convince Vice President Mike Pence to try to block certification of the presidential election based on baseless accusations of fraud.

Eastman, who’s been a fierce promoter of Trump’s misinformation and spoke at the Trump rally prior to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, was in the room as the president pressed Pence to execute an act that had no legal basis.

The New York Times reported yesterday: “In the Oval Office last week, the day before the vote, Mr. Trump pushed Mr. Pence in a string of encounters, including one meeting that lasted at least an hour. John Eastman, a conservative constitutional scholar at Chapman University, was in the office and argued to Mr. Pence that he did have the power to act.”

Eastman’s statements about election fraud were criticized last week by CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano, and faculty at Chapman University, where Eastman holds a faculty position, have asked that he be fired. Chapman’s president announced it would not fire the professor.

Heidi Ganahl
Ganahl

One of Eastman’s biggest fans at CU is CU Regent Heidi Ganahl, who holds the at-large seat on the CU Board of Regents. After Republican Sen. Cory Gardner’s loss in November, Ganahl is the only Republican who’s elected by voters statewide.

In December, Ganahl gushed over Eastman, despite his controversial statements.

“There are fantastic folks who come in [to the Benson Center],” said Ganahl in December. “Right now, it’s Dr. John Eastman, who’s riling some folks up.” Ganahl said the center teaches students about “the beauty of western civilization and the history,” and the faculty have “different point of view than most of the faculty at CU.”

Ganahl didn’t return a call seeking to know if she’d changed her view of Eastman.

Meanwhile, an progressive group aimed and empowering young people said Eastman should no longer be a visiting professor at CU.

“It’s undeniable now that Professor Eastman attempted to use the power and access granted to him as a professor to subvert democracy and enable white supremacists,” Nicole Hensel Executive Director of New Era Colorado told the Colorado Times Recorder. “Allowing him to retain his title as a visiting professor on the CU Boulder campus only enables him further—inaction sends the message that the University does not stand up for truth and integrity and that BIPOC students’ safety is not a priority.”

Eastman responded without citing evidence that election fraud has “subverted democracy.”

“State and local election officials who altered or ignored state election laws designed to protect against fraud in mail-in voting is what has subverted democracy,” Eastman emailed the Colorado Times Recorder when asked to comment on New Era’s stance. “Calling attention to that fact in formal legal pleadings before the Supreme Court of the United States, which is what I have done, is what subverts democracy.  But it seems a lot of people are having trouble with that basic concept.  As for ‘enabling white supremacists,’ I have done nothing of the sort, and would not do so.  The claim is defamatory.”

Eastman, who is also an attorney, speculated in a Newsweek op-ed last year that Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris might not be legally qualified to be vice president, eliciting accusations of birtherism. He’s said he was just raising the question.

BREAKING: Lauren Boebert’s Twitter Wings Clipped

UPDATE #2: We are duty bound to report that the once-weeklong suspension of Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Twitter account has been lifted:

Un-sound the all clear, folks.

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UPDATE: KRDO-TV’s Zachary Aedo:

Rep. Lauren Boebert says Twitter has locked her account for nearly a week until the end of Inauguration Day…

Boebert has been in the hot seat online after defending President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud and also saying he did not incite any of the violence seen when pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.

Critics have also accused her for inciting the violent mob on Jan. 6 through her Twitter posts.

Thousands of people online and across Colorado have asked for the newly elected congresswoman to resign. But she fired back on Monday saying Democrats and “Hollywood elites” are hypocrites and also to blame for escalating political division.

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That’s the circuitous word from Rep. Lauren Boebert’s Instagram page:

As it turns out, live-Tweeting security details during an insurrection violates the Twitter Rules!

We’re comfortable with that. Watch this space for updates.

History is Made: Trump is Only President Twice Impeached

UPDATE #2: Here’s the total:

Via C-SPAN


UPDATE: And here’s another first.

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President Trump impeached. Again.

The House of Representatives has voted to impeach President Donald Trump on the charge of “willful incitement of insurrection.” Trump is now the first and only President in the history of the United States to be impeached twice.

At least 10 Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach Trump (no House Republicans voted in favor of impeachment in December 2019). All of the Democrats in Colorado’s Congressional delegation  — Reps. Diana DeGette, Joe Neguse, Jason Crow, and Ed Perlmutter — voted YES on impeachment. The three Republicans from Colorado — Reps. Lauren Boebert, Ken Buck, and Doug Lamborn — each voted NO on the question of impeachment.

Final votes are still being counted, but the House has already passed the 217 votes needed to confirm impeachment.

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