As the Phil Anschutz-owned Washington Examiner reported yesterday afternoon:
The House Ethics Committee must launch a preliminary investigation into House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters after a House GOP lawmaker filed a complaint with the panel.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Colorado Republican and a freshman, on Tuesday released a copy of her complaint against Waters that charged her with violating House ethics rules following comments the California Democrat made to protesters in the streets of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, near Minneapolis.
“I write to request that the House Committee on Ethics open an investigation into Representative Maxine Waters for her incitement of the violent riots in Brooklyn Center, her unethical use of her office to unconstitutionally pressure an independent judiciary, and her pattern of similar behavior that is unbecoming of a Member of Congress and discredits the House of Representatives,” Boebert wrote to the bipartisan panel of 10 House lawmakers.
The panel will have to review Boebert’s complaint, but it may not result in an investigation.
First, the context the Examiner unsurprisingly omitted: Rep. Lauren Boebert is facing an ethics inquiry of her own for her role in inciting violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. Boebert’s huge volume of social media posts second-guessing the results of the 2020 presidential elections and calling for supporters to converge on Washington, D.C. that day–not to mention Boebert’s Tweets about the location of Speaker Nancy Pelosi after rioters had breached the Capitol–invite exactly the same allegations that Boebert is making against Rep. Maxine Waters.
With the maximum guilty verdict delivered in the George Floyd murder trial yesterday, the unrest that was feared in the event of a lesser verdict or acquittal did not materialize. The verdict in that case substantially vindicates the last year of protest over race relations in America, and validates the anger expressed by Black leaders like Rep. Waters. When you compare the very real struggle for racial justice in America with the violence Boebert encouraged in response to Donald Trump losing the 2020 elections, the extreme moral disparity between the two makes the comparison nothing short of outrageously offensive.
And yet here we are. Boebert’s whole strategy for answering for her own misdeeds is apparently to take what she is accused of, cross her name off the allegation, and put in Maxine Waters’ name as if there is even a tiny shred of moral equivalence between the two. Yesterday’s verdict just underscores the folly of this.
It’s not just shameless. It’s too shameless. It challenges even 2021’s outrage fatigue.