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.

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

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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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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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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.

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Another Nonsensical Floor Speech from Lauren Boebert

Congresswoman Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert (R-Rifle) delivered her first speech on the House floor a week ago today, just minutes before Trump-inspired terrorists stormed the U.S. Capitol. That speech was filled with ominous and threatening language, including her statement that, “I have constituents outside this building right now,” and another quote that should be repeated back at Boebert every time she speaks: “Either we have laws, or we do not.”

Today, Q*Bert took to the House floor again for a short, rambling diatribe about her opposition to impeachment (she’d say more on Twitter, but she can’t). You can watch the full clip below, or read the transcription that follows:

 

REP. LAUREN BOEBERT: Glory to God. Madam Speaker, I rise today to oppose this impeachment and denounce the recent violence at the Capitol, just as I opposed the previous impeachment and the violence that we’ve all witnessed, all summer long across our great country.

Make no mistake here [wagging her right finger]. The hypocrisy of the left is on full display. 

Quote: ‘Go to the Hill. Get in the face of some congresspeople. We’ve got to fight in Congress. Fight in the courts. Fight in the streets. Take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him. Take him…go and take Trump out tonight.’ Sound familiar?

What about the gentlewoman from New York, who defended the looting by saying looters just wanted loaves of bread? Well, the last I checked Best Buy and Teslas and stores of the like do not produce baked goods. Where is the accountability for the left, after encouraging and normalizing violence? Rather than actually helping American people in this time, we start impeachments that further divide our country.

I call, ‘bullcrap’ when I hear the Democrats demanding unity. Sadly, they are only unified in hate. This… [UNIDENTIFIED VOICE: Your time has expired]

What is Boebert “quoting” above? She never says. “Take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him” is something Boebert saw somewhere at some point and she is pretty sure it is relevant to today’s debate.

We should also note the absurdity of Boebert claiming that impeachment discussions are a waste of time when she was delivering a speech last week about overturning the results of the electoral college.

“Glory to God,” indeed.

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Boebert-Proofing: Metal Detectors Go Up Outside House Floor

UPDATE 6:23PM: Boebert was allowed onto the House floor. Her refusal to allow her bag to be searched is odd. Perhaps she doesn’t want anyone to know that she doesn’t really carry a gun around in the Capitol.

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UPDATE 5:40PM: This seems to be escalating quickly:

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There seems to be some debate on this point among Rep. Lauren Boebert’s colleagues.

As CNN reports–Rep. Lauren Boebert ran for office with a Glock semiautomatic pistol on her hip, and as readers know packing heat everywhere she goes is an integral part of Boebert’s brand.

It’s also starting to make her new colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives awfully nervous.

Members of Congress and staffers will have to walk through metal detectors in order to get onto the floor of the US House of Representatives, a senior Democratic aide told CNN Tuesday.

The development comes after multiple House Democrats told CNN they are worried about some of their Republican colleagues [Pols emphasis] and that there have been multiple conversations about the need for every member of Congress and their guests to start going through metal detectors…

“There have been increasing tensions with certain incoming freshmen for months, who have been insistent on bringing firearms in violation of law and guidelines,” one House Democrat said, in a reference to Republican Reps. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, [Pols emphasis] Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina and others.

Obviously, the events of last week have necessitated a thorough review and upgrading of security in and around the U.S. Capitol. But in Lauren Boebert’s case, as readers know, her brash promise to carry her gun to Washington despite the district’s strict gun laws, with a PR video cleverly shot to create the appearance that Boebert was illegally carrying a weapon down a D.C. alleyway, isn’t the only reason fellow lawmakers are worried.

After Boebert Tweeted out details about the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as insurrectionists were storming the Capitol last Wednesday afternoon, there’s an argument that Boebert is an even greater security risk than anyone could imagine before this event. Firearms are not allowed to be brought into the U.S. House chambers by anyone except the sergeant at arms, a marked contrast to the Colorado state capitol in which lawmakers roam the halls carrying concealed weapons that the public must surrender before entering the building.

Whether clueless or conspiracy, it’s a sad fact that concern about Rep. Boebert–for as long as she has access to the building–is justified.

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How Toxic Is Lauren Boebert? “Guilt By Association” Toxic

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Bryan Lowry, Washington D.C.-based reporter for the Kansas City Star, got a face full of bile when he asked outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s staff about the above photo snapped over the weekend with Colorado’s favorite insurrectionist in Congress, Rep. Lauren Boebert:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo posed for a photo with a Colorado congresswoman who has promoted conspiracy theories and revealed details about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s whereabouts on social media during last week’s deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol.

Rep. Lauren Boebert, a freshman Colorado Republican, posted a photo on Twitter Sunday of herself with the nation’s top diplomat — four days after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in a riot that left five people dead, including a police officer, in the building where Pompeo worked for six years as a Kansas congressman…

Mike Pompeo’s people did not appreciate being asked about this photo with Lauren Boebert.

“The Secretary was honored to speak to the members of the Republican Study Committee at their event on Friday. After which he took pictures with every member of congress and the staff who attended. This story is a piece of shit guilt by association story [Pols emphasis] that further serves to divide our country,” the person close to Pompeo said.

“The secretary takes thousands of pictures every week. Those pictures don’t represent an endorsement of every single belief each of those people hold and it is absurd to imply that through this piece of shit story.” [Pols emphasis]

Got that, folks? A piece of shit story. Pompeo doesn’t endorse everything Boebert believes. We get it.

But herein lies the problem any time one has to resort to defending one’s self from the accusation of “guilt by association.” You’re conceding that somebody’s guilty. Nobody expects Mike Pompeo to endorse every view held by every Congressperson he takes a photo with. In this case, there’s only one subject that matters and everybody knows it.

Also noteworthy, in this Kansas City Star story we have the first response we’ve seen from Boebert anywhere to questions about the Tweets she sent during the opening moments of last week’s failed insurrection, including one two literal minutes after the Capitol was breached announcing that Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been evacuated from the House chambers:

“Some partisan officials and press have chosen to mischaracterize several of my tweets. Let me be clear: I do not support unlawful acts of violence and support the rule of law. Furthermore, my tweets came after both events referenced occurred and I never disclosed secure locations,” Boebert said. “Media outlets were also reporting the exact nature of my tweets via television. I am grateful for the service of law enforcement officers who kept us safe.”

This carefully-worded statement was almost certainly written by legal counsel, and it’s seriously misleading in several key respects. Boebert says that her Tweets occurred “after” the events, but we’re talking about a couple of minutes afterward at most–meaning this information was still highly useful to the insurrectionists roaming the building at that same moment screaming Pelosi’s name.

And folks, the insurrectionists running around the U.S. Capitol smartphones in hand were not watching cable news. They were following Twitter feeds like Lauren Boebert’s. Boebert herself was not watching the news two minutes after rioters breached the Capitol. Why did Boebert find it necessary to tell her 360,000+ Twitter followers anything about Speaker Pelosi’s location while the Capitol was being overrun?

It helps explain why Boebert is avoiding local reporters’ questions, anyway. These are not good answers.

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Did Lauren Boebert Help Rioters Track Nancy Pelosi?

Last week’s failed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, committed by thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump who surrounded and then smashed their way into the building as a joint session of Congress ground through the final steps in confirming Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, has become a watershed moment in American democracy like nothing we’ve experienced in our lifetimes. For Republicans who supported Trump through his months of denial of the result of the 2020 elections, culminating in Wednesday’s last deadly gasp of Trump dead-ender desperation, what was once considered a “harmless” means of extracting political support from Trump’s base is now a direct threat to their political futures.

For Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, after winning office as a no-compromise Trump devotee who never really tried to repudiate the “QAnon” conspiracy theory she was tagged as a supporter of early on, Wednesday’s insurrection was an unparalleled disaster that effectively shattered her entire raison d’être in politics. As readers know, Boebert’s support for Wednesday’s insurrection went well beyond signing on to the votes to challenge the results in swing states, in which she was joined by dozens of her Republican colleagues and for which many of them are facing calls to resign.

This Tweet by Boebert early on Wednesday morning has been widely interpreted as an unambiguous call for the violence that ensued later that day, and has fueled the growing movement calling for Boebert to immediately resign for having helped incite Wednesday’s riot.

But there’s another question being asked today as the investigation into Wednesday’s deadly violence expands: did Rep. Boebert actually attempt to help insurrectionists find their targets as they stormed into the Capitol?

These are Tweets sent by Rep. Boebert to her over 350,000 followers on Twitter, whom we’re willing to postulate included at least some of the rioters who marched from Donald Trump’s speech near the Washington Monument to the Capitol. In Boebert’s ominous speech made shortly before the rioters breached the building, Boebert boasted how her “constituents” were outside. Boebert sent the first Tweet at 2:17PM Eastern Time, and the second a moment later–in literal real time with the breach of the Capitol by insurrectionists that NPR reports took place at 2:16PM.

This is battlefield intelligence, folks. The only question is whether Boebert consciously understood that she was supplying vital information to the insurrectionists storming the U.S. Capitol at that exact moment, or is just so impossibly ignorant in this life and death situation that she did not realize the stupendous security mistake she was making by broadcasting these details to her far-right followers.

Whether by cluelessness or collusion, these Tweets undeniably add a whole new dimension to Boebert’s responsibility for what took place on Wednesday. Boebert’s profound ignorance about how American elections work is not an excuse for the comfort, and possibly deliberate aid, she has provided to the violent insurrection against the body she was sworn into just days before.

These are unprecedented times, and Boebert’s name is forever linked now to an unprecedented crime.

We honestly hope this isn’t as bad as it might in fact be.

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U.S. Rep. Boebert Blocks Constituent on Twitter, Could a Lawsuit be Next?

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

From the Colorado Times Recorder’s Sean Price:

On Wednesday, during the violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters, newly-elected U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) blocked one of her constituents, former state Rep. Bri Buentello (D-Pueblo). Elected officials ranging from President Trump to a Colorado state senator have been successfully sued for blocking constituents on social media, which violates their First Amendment rights by severing their ability to participate in political discourse.

The tweet that got Buentello blocked pointed out Boebert’s hypocrisy in condemning the violence at the Capitol by listing quotes from Boebert, who recently joked that the Second Amendment was intended for “hunting tyrants,” encouraging the conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was rigged. During her speech on the House floor Boebert also claimed the protestors outside the building as her own constituents.

Buentello believes Boebert’s decision to block her is more than an infringement of her First Amendment rights, but also as an indictment of Boebert’s ability to govern. Buentello explained that there is a difference between campaigning and governing.

“The bottom line is that Boebert works for her constituents,” Buentello said. “I should know as an elected state representative and it’s not easy, but it is what I signed up for. And I darn sure didn’t block people or step on people’s First Amendment rights. People showed up at the town hall I held in Otero County and they screamed and spit on me. This woman? This big wannabe cowgirl who carries a Glock on her hip? She can’t even handle Twitter.”

Elected officials blocking constituents on social media has become a contentious topic of debate in recent years, both because of the rise of social media use and because of Trump’s continued reliance on Twitter once he bacame President. General legal consensus and precedent is that social media pages run by the government or by a public official to conduct public business are protected as limited public forums by the First Amendment.

According to Mark Silverstein, Legal Director at the ACLU of Colorado, Buentello may have a meritorious lawsuit against Boebert.

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► As POLITICO reports, momentum continues to build for impeaching President Trump:

House Democrats are moving quickly toward impeaching President Donald Trump as early next week, a reflection of the seething outrage that remains over his incitement of deadly riots inside the U.S. Capitol.

Timing remains in flux and Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to make a decision on exactly how to proceed, including whether to pursue a constitutional process that could remove Trump without impeachment. Top Democrats are still in talks with all their members and will hold a caucus-wide call at noon. But they are expected to decide today on their next steps, according to several lawmakers and aides.

Whether or not Trump could officially be impeached before his time in office expires at noon on January 20 is less important than holding Trump accountable for this week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol:

If Democrats pass articles early next week — and Pelosi immediately sent them to the Senate — the Senate would be required to begin a trial immediately under congressional rules. Trump’s first impeachment trial, on charges he abused his power and obstructed a congressional investigation, ultimately lasted four weeks before the Senate delivered its verdict.

That timetable suggests the goal of any impeachment is unlikely to be Trump’s removal and is much more focused on the option to prevent him from holding federal office in the future. Some Democrats believe that possibility could woo Senate Republicans, some of whom are eyeing a 2024 bid themselves.

 

CNN reports on another tragic loss resulting from the Trump mob’s attack on the Capitol building:

Prosecutors in the US Attorney’s office plan to open a federal murder investigation into the death of Brian D. Sicknick, a US Capitol Police officer who died Thursday night, a law enforcement official tells CNN.

Sicknick was injured Wednesday when a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol. He died at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET Thursday “due to injuries sustained while on-duty,” Capitol Police officials said in a statement.
The death is being investigated by the DC Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide branch, the US Capitol Police and their federal partners.

Sicknick was many Capitol Police officers who were attacked with lead pipes and other blunt instruments.

 

 As Marianne Goodland reports for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman, there is a growing list of high-profile names and organizations calling on the resignation of Rep. Lauren Boebert and Rep. Doug Lamborn for taking part in trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election:

The letter said the two lawmakers “have betrayed the trust of Colorado voters by helping incite violence against the body you were elected to, a body designed to serve us. By endorsing the president’s unsubstantiated and repeatedly debunked, discredited, and false claims of voter fraud, you encouraged and tacitly endorsed the actions of these terrorists and threatened the basic foundation of our democracy.”…

…Signatories to the letter include seven Democratic members of the Colorado General Assembly, city council members in Aurora, Broomfield, Denver and Edgewater; former Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Trish Zornio and Lorena Garcia, and two dozen progressive organizations, including unions, Planned Parenthood and ProgressNow Colorado.

Meanwhile, Boebert appears to have no concept of the harm she and fellow Trumpians have caused. In a video released today, Boebert sounds absolutely looney:

Boebert says that she wants people to view her floor speech on Wednesday. We agree. Here it is.

#ResignBoebert.

 

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Lauren Boebert’s Ominous and Odd Floor Speech

Shortly before the U.S. Capitol was overrun by Trump-supporting terrorists on Wednesday, freshman Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert was among the first Members of Congress to deliver a speech on the House floor about her objection to counting the electoral votes from the State of Arizona.

 

You can view the entire speech above, but we’ve also transcribed every word so that there can be no confusion about what Boebert was saying. Boebert’s speech was strange and unsettling at the time, and it is even more concerning when you consider what was happening outside of the U.S. Capitol building at the very moment in which she was speaking. Here is the entirety of Boebert’s objection to the counting of electoral votes from Arizona:

BOEBERT: Thank you, Madam Speaker, and to ease everyone’s nerve, I want you to know that I am not here to challenge anyone to a duel like Alexander Hamilton or Aaron Burr.

Madam Speaker, my primary objection to the counting of the Electoral Votes of the State of Arizona is based on the Constitution and the direction of state legislatures through state law as spelled out in the following two clauses: Article 2, Section 1, Clause 2, states in part — and I quote — each state shall appoint in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct a number of electors, AND, the election clause of the Constitution provides state legislatures with explicit authority to prescribe — and I quote — the times, places, and manners of holding elections. End quote.

For more than three decades, Arizona law, set by the state legislature, has required that voter registration end no later than 29 days before an election [Pols note: Boebert is shouting at this point]. This is clear. It is law. Unless amended by the state legislature, this is the way it needs to be carried out. In Arizona the deadline for voter registration for the 2020 Presidential election was October five, 2020.

Using COVID as a reasoning, Democrats filled a…filed a lawsuit to extend this deadline by 18 days. And an injunction was made by an Obama-appointed judge preventing the Arizona Secretary of State from enforcing the constitutional deadline set by the state legislature.

As a result of this frivolous, partisan lawsuit, 10 extra days were added via judicial fiat to allow voter registration…these 10 days were added after voting had already begun. This is completely indefensible. You cannot change the rules of an election while it is underway and expect the American people to trust it [Pols note: Still shouting]. Now, in this 10 day period, at least 30,000 new voters registered to vote in Arizona. All of these votes are unconstitutional. It does not matter if they voted for President Trump, or if they voted for Vice President Biden. They did not register in time for the election.

We’ll stop here for a moment, because this next section deserves its own highlighting:

The law states October fifth. Either we have laws, or we do not. [Pols emphasis]

If we allow state election laws as set forth by the state legislature to be ignored or manipulated…

Boebert is interrupted here by numerous shouts of “Order, order” from other Members of Congress. Boebert pauses for a moment, then abruptly continues.

…partisan lawsuit. Unelected bureaucrats. Un…

Boebert is again drowned out by shouts of “Order, order!” She stops speaking, takes a step back, and looks around in a confused manner. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi uses the gavel and says, “The House will be in order.”

Boebert continues:

If we allow state election laws as set forth by state legislatures to be ignored and manipulated on the whims of partisan lawsuits…unelected bureaucrats, unlawful procedures, and arbitrary rules, then our Constitutional Republic will cease to exist. The oath that I took this past Sunday to defend and support the Constitution makes it necessary for me to object to this travesty. Otherwise the laws passed by the legislative branch merely become suggestions to be accepted, rejected, or manipulated by those who did not pass them.

Here’s another particularly creepy section:

Madam Speaker, I have constituents outside this building right now. I promised my voters to BE…THEIR…VOICE. [Pols emphasis]

Yikes. Boebert almost could have said that she had constituents who were about to be inside the building.

In this branch of government, in which I now serve, it is my separate but equal obligation to weigh in on this election and object. [Pols emphasis]

We have no idea what this means, either.

Are we not a government of, by, and for the people? They know that this election is not right, and as their representative I am sent here to represent them. I will not allow the people to be ignored. [Pols emphasis]

Madam Speaker, it is my duty under the U.S. Constitution to object to the counting of the Electoral Votes of the State of Arizona. [Pols note: Boebert is basically screaming now] The members who stand here today and accept the results of this concentrated, coordinated, partisan effort by Democrats, where every fraudulent vote cancels out the vote of an honest American, has sided with the extremist left. The United States Congress needs to make an informed decision, and that starts with this objection.

I yield the balance of my time to the gentleman from Florida, Mr. Brian Mast.

This seems like a good time to point out today’s editorial from The Aurora Sentinel calling for the resignation of Boebert and fellow Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn (who also objected to counting electoral votes in several states)

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Get More Smarter on Wednesday (January 6)

Welcome to the first “Get More Smarter” of 2021! If you think we missed something important, please include the link in the comments below (here’s a good example). If you are more of an audio learner, check out The Get More Smarter Podcast. And don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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► Holy crap, Georgia!

Democrats are close to capturing majority control of the U.S. Senate after Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Kelly Loeffler in Georgia’s runoff election on Tuesday; Warnock becomes the first Black Senator from the State of Georgia.

In the other Senate contest, Democrat Jon Ossoff holds a narrow lead over Republican David Perdue, with the majority of the outstanding ballots still to be counted concentrated in Democratic-leaning counties. As National Public Radio reports, Ossoff has declared victory:

Democrat Jon Ossoff — who as of 9 a.m. ET Wednesday leads Republican David Perdue by about 16,000 votes in the Georgia runoff that could give Democrats control of the U.S. Senate — claimed victory Wednesday. The Associated Press, which NPR relies on for its results, has not yet called the contest.

“It is with humility that I thank the people of Georgia for electing me to serve you in the United States Senate,” Ossoff said in remarks Wednesday morning.

When Vice President Kamala Harris is sworn-in to office on January 20, she will become the tie-breaking vote in the Senate that will change Mitch McConnell’s title to “Minority Leader.”

Via The New York Times (9:15 am, 1/6/21)

 

► With a new Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, expanded coronavirus stimulus payments could be just around the corner.

 

► Tuesday’s big victories in Georgia for Democrats will undoubtedly sour the mood today when certain Republican Members of Congress — including Colorado Reps. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert and Doug Lamborn — will make a no-hope attempt at preventing Democrat Joe Biden from becoming President. As POLITICO explains:

…the bicameral session of the House and Senate — which could stretch into the early hours of Thursday — will be the stage for this last stand by Trump allies who have refused to accept the election results.

Inside the Capitol, the effort has splintered Trump’s party, with more than 100 House Republicans and at least a dozen Senate Republicans objecting to Biden’s victory while Senate GOP leadership warned their caucus against the effort. Already, senators are signaling they’ll challenge results in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

But the most intense focus will be on Vice President Mike Pence, who will preside over the 1 p.m. joint meeting, where he’ll be required by the Constitution to count the electoral votes certified by the states. Biden earned 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, and a wave of legal challenges by Trump to reverse several states’ results failed at every level of state and federal court.

Are you familiar with the phrase, “it’s all over but the shouting”?

Congressman Joe Neguse (D-Boulderish) will play a key role in today’s nonsense-fest as one of four Democrats assigned to handle the arguments against overturning the election results.

Here in Colorado, local Republicans are promoting a QAnon rally in Denver aimed at showing support for President Trump, or something.

 

POLITICO reports on an absolutely amazing bit of karmic justice:

Joe Biden has selected Judge Merrick Garland to serve as his attorney general, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.

Biden selected Garland over former Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) and former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, choosing to elevate the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals in D.C. to run the Justice Department.

In 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Garland to serve on the Supreme Court, but his nomination languished in the GOP-controlled Senate at the end of the former president’s term. In recent weeks, Garland has been recusing himself from cases involving the federal government, fueling speculation that he was a leading candidate for the job.

 

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

 

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Boebert Says Polis Sends Nazi “Brown Shirts” to Enforce Health Orders in Her District

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R).

Angry about Colorado’s public health orders requiring restaurants to restrict services during the pandemic, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) accused Colorado Gov. Jared Polis of sending “Brown Shirts in to make sure everyone shuts down.”

“Brown Shirt” is a term used to describe a member of the Sturmabteilung, Hitler’s Nazi militia that attacked and often killed opponents of Hitler’s rise to power.

“Here in Garfield County where my restaurant is, restaurants are closing once again because Governor Polis has sent his Brown Shirts in to make sure everyone shuts down,” Boebert told KVOR’s Jeff Crank Dec. 26. “It is sad. It is depressing. Business owners cannot pay their employees. They will not be able to pay rent. We’re worried about all of these folks who won’t be able to pay their rent. But what about the actual mortgages? Who’s going to hold the owners of these buildings and help them out? You know, all of this is just a mess and we need to reopen our country for business.”

State Rep. Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock), who was the Republican House Leader at the time, said last year that Polis’ stay-at-home orders could lead to a “Gestapo-like mentality.” The Gestapo were the Nazi secret police.

Polis tearfully responded to the accusation in April.

“As a Jewish American who lost family in the Holocaust, I’m offended by any comparison to Nazism,” said Polis, as quoted in The Denver Post. “We act to save lives — the exact opposite of the slaughter of 6 million Jews and many gypsies and Catholics and gays and lesbians and Russians and so many others.”

Polis is Colorado’s first Jewish and openly gay governor.

Neville later apologized, telling the Denver Post that he should have said “authoritarian” instead of “Gestapo.”

Under state rules, Garfield County restaurants have faced a range of restrictions at various times during the pandemic, including limitations on indoor seating and mask-wearing requirements.

Other Republicans and GOP groups, in Colorado and elsewhere, have compared COVID health orders to Nazism, without singling out Polis.

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Colorado Republicans Promote QAnon-linked Capitol Rally to Overturn Election

(Consider yourselves Q-tipped – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

“We Are The Storm!” proclaims the digital flyer for tomorrow’s noon rally at the Colorado Capitol to overturn the presidential election, invoking the QAnon conspiracist slogan.

The JeffCo GOP says it was unaware of any QAnon connection.

The event, which baselessly alleges that the presidential election was fraudulent, is being promoted by the Republican parties of Jefferson and Douglas Counties.

Since Joe Biden’s victory over President Trump, the QAnon “Storm” conspiracy has expanded to encompass claims that Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems, the largest voting machine company in the nation, rigged the election against Trump.

State GOP chair Ken Buck and several Republican county clerks (though not the DougCo clerk) reject the conspiracy theory, but numerous Colorado Republicans publicly support it. They include the President’s lawyer Jenna Ellis, eight members of the state legislature, and Joe Oltmann, founder of conservative group FEC United. Oltmann’s group and its associated militia, the United American Defense Force, are also promoting the event.

A pair of relatively new pro-Trump groups, Colorado Election Integrity Project (CEIP) and MAGA Drag Colorado, are organizing the event.

CEIP says speakers at the four-hour event include GOP congressional candidate and conservative activist Casper Stockham, porn industry survivor and former madam Jessica Joy, and Minister Amy Everette of Colorado Prays. Additional pastors are also expected to speak.

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Neguse Takes Leading Role Opposing GOP Election Challenge

Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Boulderish)

A group of Republican Members of Congress on Wednesday will object to efforts to finalize the 2020 election of Democrat Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. These efforts are widely expected to fail, as POLITICO explains:

The Senate Republicans opposed to certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win are heading toward a hefty defeat on Wednesday. The only remaining question is this: how badly do they lose?

Just 11 GOP senators have joined the effort led by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) to object to Congress’ routine approval of Biden’s Electoral College win. That makes 13 supporters — and many more have come out swinging against it…

…At least 21 GOP senators will vote to certify Biden’s election win, according to a series of interviews and statements. As of midday Tuesday, 17 Republican senators had not said what they would do publicly. With every Senate Democrat also sure to reject the challenge to Biden’s victory, President Donald Trump’s pressure campaign will easily fail even as it succeeds in splitting the GOP.

Wednesday’s last-ditch effort by Trump supporters to somehow keep The Big Orange Guy in the White House won’t be without involvement from Colorado’s Congressional delegation. Freshman Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert and longtime Colorado Springs Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn will both oppose certifying Biden’s Electoral College victory. Colorado’s third Republican Member of Congress, Rep. Ken Buck of Greeley, has announced that he will NOT participate in efforts to block Biden’s victory.

On the Democratic side of the aisle, Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Boulderish) is among four members of the House of Representatives who will be responsible for arguing against nonsense claims against decertification. As Kyle Cheney of POLITICO reports:

Neguse and three other Democratic House Members will lead the debate on Republican objections to certifying Biden’s victory. This is another big moment for a Colorado Democrat; last year Rep. Jason Crow (D-Aurora) was among seven House Members given the task of serving as “impeachment managers” in President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. Crow earned rave reviews for his steady performance, despite the fact that the Republican-controlled Senate ultimately let Trump off the hook.

We don’t expect to hear much from Lamborn on Wednesday, but Republicans may allow Boebert to be among the GOP House Members who will attempt to make some sort of argument in favor of overturning the will of American voters.

In this debate — or any other, for that matter — we’d gladly put our chips behind Neguse over Boebert.

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Boebert vs. Buck: Who’s In Charge Of The Colorado GOP?

Reps. Lauren Boebert, Ken Buck (R-CO).

The Denver Post’s Justin Wingerter reported yesterday a development in the ongoing struggle by beaten President Donald Trump to undo his loss to Joe Biden, and while it’s not what you’d call a game-changer it certainly adds drama to the story in terms of Colorado Republican divisions on what happened in the November elections and how to proceed–a question coming to a head this week in Washington, D.C. as Congress prepares for the final steps in confirming Biden’s victory:

Republican U.S. Rep. Ken Buck on Sunday criticized an attempt by many in his political party to overturn the results of the presidential election, calling it an unconstitutional power grab by Congress to the detriment of states and voters.

“We must respect the states’ authority here. Though doing so may frustrate our immediate political objectives, we have sworn an oath to promote the Constitution above our policy goals. We must count the electoral votes submitted by the states,” Buck wrote in a lengthy statement with six other Republicans in Congress.

The Windsor Republican, who also chairs the Colorado Republican Party, criticized elections in several swing states, but said that because those states have not sent Congress an alternative slate of Electoral College votes, Congress has no power to overturn the election. President-elect Joe Biden won the Electoral College.

Rep. Ken Buck, who also serves as chairman of the Colorado Republican Party and regularly comes in for criticism for his irresponsibility on issues like the COVID-19 pandemic, was an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump during Trump’s many scandals in office culminating in impeachment a year ago. But in a twist few expected, Buck has actually proven an unexpected voice of sanity–with some erratic exceptions we’ll chalk up to towing the party line–within the Republican Party on accepting the results of the 2020 elections. Buck convened a meeting starring Republican county clerks early last month, attended virtually by hundreds of party members, specifically to debunk the conspiracy theories about Dominion Voting Systems and mail ballots Colorado has used uncontroversially for years–core articles of faith for Republicans who believe the election was stolen.

After the Electoral College voted for Biden, Rep. Buck angered Trump diehards by promptly acknowleding Biden’s status as President-elect. And now, Buck is going on record that the 140 fellow Republicans and dozen Senators who are set to mount a last-ditch attempt to reject the election results on Wednesday are wrong–not just wrong, but endangering future Republican success with their action. This extraordinary paragraph in Buck’s statement yesterday should be required reading in poli sci classes of the future:

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Top Stories of 2020 #5: Tipton’s Fall, “Q*Bert’s” Rise

As the old saying goes, “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” And the story of the ascension to Congress by the most unqualified and unabashedly fringe candidate perhaps in Colorado’s entire history began with the very much unexpected defeat of five-term incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton in the 2020 CD-3 Republican primary by Rifle restaurant owner Lauren Boebert. Tipton’s decade in office was a model of back-bencher irrelevance, and when Boebert came on the scene with a swashbuckling low-information no-compromise MAGA red meat message with a jolt of youthful energy, the languorous and well-paid consultants running Tipton’s campaign failed to perceive the threat until it was too late.

Boebert’s turn toward politics had accelerated in September 2019, when she appeared at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke in Aurora to heckle in response to O’Rourke’s call to ban assault weapons. A few months later, by-then candidate Boebert defied COVID-19 pandemic public health orders to keep her restaurant open–a frighteningly risky press stunt that in retrospect unfortunately did not hurt her political prospects. In interviews during the GOP primary with far-right conspiracy theorists that came back to haunt Boebert, she professed to be “very familiar” with the “QAnon” conspiracy theory and expressed “hope that this is real.”

Sneaking past Tipton’s somnolent re-election campaign to a ten-point primary victory, Boebert immediately found herself under national scrutiny as part of a contingent of Republican candidates in 2020 who openly supported or otherwise courted support from the “QAnon” movement. Boebert toed an uneven line of not-quite walking back her previous statements, much like now Rep.-elect and “Qaucus Queen” Marjorie Taylor Greene was forced to do in Greene’s much more safely Republican Georgia district. Like Greene, it was never really believable–particularly as Boebert continued to echo “QAnon” talking points to her growing social media following at every opportunity.

As Boebert campaigned in the summer and fall of 2020, it became clear she had no interest in venues which required any kind of rigorous examination of her qualifications or agenda. Boebert dodged debates, skipped meetings with editorial boards not considered fully in the Republican tank, and avoided any other event where she might be made to answer an unscripted question. The few forums in which she tried to participate went very, very badly, and resulted in a wave of editorial boards politely saying the same thing: “this person has absolutely no business in Congress.”

Tee hee hee extremism.

But just like Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene, Boebert’s Republican-leaning district let everything slide: not a profound lack of qualifications, wacky conspiracy theories, or even having infected dozens of people with clostridium-tainted pork sliders at a hometown rodeo were enough to overcome the hard partisan divide in CD-3. Boebert’s Democratic opponent Diane Mitsch Bush’s staid virtual outreach fell short against Boebert’s willingness to masklessly press the flesh with a full field campaign in the middle of a pandemic. As in races across the country, Republican willingness to “campaign dangerously” certainly gave Boebert another edge in a race that was still substantially closer than Tipton’s victory in 2018.

Since the election, Rep.-elect Boebert has thrown herself fully into the dead-ender struggle by President Donald Trump to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election. Though not totally unexpected, Boebert has made it troublingly clear that the democratic process responsible for her own election is not sacred, and she has no intention of trying to bridge the post-election divide between fact and fiction as a member of Congress. Boebert’s complete absence of experience or education that would give her the tools to be effective in her position mean that wild grandstands on political hot-buttons will likely define her term in office, at the expense of such sundry responsibilities as serving her constituents.

The 2022 election in CD-3 is subject to a host of as-yet undetermined variables, from redistricting changing the map of Boebert’s district to the resolution of the current political crisis–and what politics looks like after Trump’s deep shock to the system is finally resolved. What we can say is that when the dust settles on the political chaos both Donald Trump and Lauren Boebert owe their success to and thrive on, Boebert’s real test will begin. Whether it’s a Republican primary or a Democratic challenger, Boebert will most assuredly be a target if she won’t, or can’t, effectively represent the interests of voters of her district.

Which as of today looks as likely as it did before Boebert won.

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Lauren Boebert’s Getting Kind of Scary

Rep.-elect Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert (center), with some well-armed friends.

In the weeks since the election as outgoing defeated President Donald Trump’s half-baked legal challenges and shockingly unscrupulous pressuring of everyone from low-level election officials to state governors to overturn the election continue, Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert, Colorado’s “QAnon”-familiar pistol packing hard-right Congresscritter-elect from the Third Congressional District, has cheered Trump’s refusal to accept the results vociferously–even as Colorado’s GOP chairman Rep. Ken Buck belatedly acknowledged Joe Biden’s victory, and then tried to assure local Republicans that the nutty conspiracy theories at the heart of Trump’s claims didn’t affect Colorado elections.

The growing cognitive dissonance among Colorado Republicans over our own all-mail ballot elections counted in almost all cases by Dominion Voting Systems hardware being fair and accurate, as Rep. Buck and Colorado’s Republican county clerks insist they were, and the stilted conspiracy theories requiring all of these same systems to have been massively defrauded in other states, is a serious problem for any local Republican who is trying to argue the President’s case with anyone capable of basic critical thinking skills.

Now that the Supreme Court has rejected Trump’s Keystone Kop legal challenges, and the Electoral College has voted, and Republicans from Mitch McConnell down through the ranks to Colorado’s GOP chairman have acknowledged reality, you’d think that even Lauren Boebert would see the writing on the proverbial wall.

And, well, you’d be wrong.

This morning, as unemployment benefits expire for millions of Americans and desperately needed economic relief legislation sits in limbo, Rep.-elect Boebert is exhorting “the people” to “put pressure” on state legislatures in six swing states–Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin–to “rescind” the certification of their states’ elections. That’s the certification that paved the way for the Electoral College vote that took place on December 14th making Joe Biden President. Obviously that’s not going to happen, but to flat-out ask for such a wildly undemocratic action so late in the process puts Boebert in the outer limits of the Trump dead-ender movement with such figures as Michael Flynn. We haven’t seen a call yet from Boebert to impose martial law, but that’s really all that’s left from here in terms of lawful (or even questionably lawful) escalation.

By now you’re probably wondering: what does the “pressure” Rep.-elect Boebert wants “we the people” to put on state legislatures look like? In 2020, in each of the states Boebert specified as targets for “we the people’s” wrath, “pressure” looks like this:

Before Lauren Boebert became Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert, her low-information extremism was more of a point of ridicule than a legitimate concern–at least that was the judgment of a slimmer than average majority of CD-3 voters who let it all slide, because voting for a propeller-headed Democratic wonk was something they just couldn’t manage.

Now that Boebert is about to be sworn into Congress in a matter of days, it’s crucial that she be made to fully explain her allegations about the 2020 election and the limits of her prescribed remedies. She’s put herself in the position of being Colorado’s leading elected Trump dead-ender mouthpiece, and now it’s time to own that responsibility. It would help Boebert’s credibility if she acknowledged the many points along the way where she revealed she doesn’t have a clue how anything works, but obviously we don’t expect that. Short of that, Boebert needs to tell Coloradans exactly how her conspiracy theories about the election do not apply to Colorado’s elections including her own. And if they do, she needs to tell us why Rep. Buck and Republican county clerks in her own district are lying, and why her own narrow election should be considered any more legitimate.

And above all, the voters of CD-3, to whom Boebert is still technically accountable even as her Twitter following grows exponentially, need to know how far she is willing to go. Will Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert make the unequivocal statement today that violence is an unacceptable means by which to resolve the 2020 presidential election?

If she will not, forget Scott Gessler or Jenna Ellis or John Eastman.

Colorado has a much more frightening and immediate concern.

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Not Laughing Off Lauren Boebert’s Latest

As readers know, we’ve kicked off a recurring series of posts we call “Deep Thoughts By Lauren Boebert,” consigning some of the more bizarre pronouncements from Colorado’s newest Republican member of Congress to posterity before they get deleted or otherwise lost in the din. Rep-.elect Boebert’s…unique blend of homespun frankness and susceptibility to whatever nutty distraction is airing on Newsmax or TOTALLY BY COINCIDENCE the subject of the latest “Q-drop” makes it likely we’ll be doing lots of “Deep Thoughts” posts over the next two years.

This morning, however, we’re setting aside our humor, because this isn’t actually funny at all.

GOP CD-3 candidate Lauren Boebert, pork sliders.

First of all this Boebert’s assumption is factually wrong, the overall case fatality rate for COVID-19 infections in the United States is about 1.8%. As of today, that’s 319,827 American deaths out of a total of just over 18 million total confirmed cases.

We realize that outrage fatigue is the rule today, but what kind of person cracks jokes about 319,827 dead Americans? Earlier this month, there was Boebert’s interview with Colorado Public Radio in which she breezily declared that health care workers had “signed up” for disaster caused by popular disregard of public health orders–almost as bad, perhaps worse depending on your personal point of view. Boebert said at that time she hadn’t decided whether to get the vaccination she’s prioritized for as a member of Congress.

This seems to indicate she’s made up her mind on that, anyway.

The one thing we can perhaps say in Boebert’s defense is her Tweet appears to copy without attribution an even more incorrect observation by right-wing “comic” Chad Prathers, whose bad parody “Friends in Safe Spaces” (don’t watch it, it’s terrible) made him a minor hit on the MAGA tour set:

As we have to restate far too often in this day and age, it’s one thing for a comedian to say something outrageous and wrong and stupid. It’s much worse when a member of Congress from Colorado says it, or it least it should be to Coloradans. Republican politicos who downplayed the pandemic from the beginning now using their vaccination appointments as a photo-op have drawn a great deal of deserved criticism this week, but what Boebert did here is probably the only thing that could be worse.

Particularly since, as usual, Lauren Boebert doesn’t know what the hell she’s talking about.

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Deep Thoughts By Lauren Boebert: “Irony”

It’s time to return again to a new feature we call Deep Thoughts By Lauren Boebert.”

When last we caught up with Congresswoman-elect Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert, she was busy trying to explain the “algorithms” that done messed up the 2020 election for her man President Trump.

Today, Boebert sent out a tweet that wouldn’t even try to summarize ourselves. In fact, we managed to catch screenshots of two different versions of Boebert’s tweet. We decided to show you both versions of the tweet to underscore an important point: Boebert took the time to edit her tweet to change “Santa Clause’s” to “Santa Claus’s,” but at no point did she apparently re-think the logic of her message or her weird decision to say publicly that Santa Claus isn’t real just a few days before Christmas.

Lauren Boebert Tweet, take one

Lauren Boebert tweet, take two

 


Our first reaction to Boebert’s tweet was similar to this Twitter user who wanted to know if Boebert’s message was some sort of a riddle. It’s true that particularly-clever riddles can appear almost incomprehensible at first glance. But no, this is not a riddle. It just doesn’t make sense.

If it’s a joke, what’s the punchline? Is Boebert insinuating that Dr. Anthony Fauci is not a real person? Would that be funny? Boebert has referenced Fauci numerous times in recent months, so what does that say about her?

Our next reaction, of course, was about Boebert’s decision to out Santa Claus as a fictional character with Christmas Eve just three days away. Hopefully Boebert’s younger children don’t follow her on Twitter.

Our final reaction was to marvel at the use of the word “irony,” which Boebert clearly does not understand. Since it’s the season of giving, we wanted to help. Here’s a definition of “irony” that might make sense to “Q*Bert”:

It is IRONIC that you announced that Santa Claus isn’t real while taking a dig at a guy who was just trying to reassure nervous children about their safety and the existence of a character who inspires hope and belief and the Christmas spirit. 

It feels good to give.

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Lauren Boebert: Talk First, Think Later

Congresswoman-elect Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert has been one of the leading voices in Colorado parroting President Trump’s numerous fact-free claims of election fraud. Not that she actually understands any of what she is saying. Take a look at what Boebert Tweeted this afternoon before deleting it less than an hour later — after many comments like this:

We’re using a screenshot here because Boebert eventually deleted her Tweet

 

Fortunately for Boebert’s edification, Marshall Zelinger of 9News had a very succinct answer for her:

Yes, you’re reading this correctly. Boebert has absolutely no idea how the Electoral College works, but she’s mad as hell about it not working correctly for President Trump!

And as The New York Times reported this afternoon:

Via The New York Times (12/14/20)

 

Frankly, it’s a little confusing that Boebert is even worried about the Electoral College, because she has her own theory about how Presidents get elected in the United States:

Boebert often yells loudly, on social media and on Fox News, that the election isn’t over. She legitimately seems to believe that Trump is actually the rightful winner and should be preparing for a second term in office. Either she doesn’t understand how elections work in the United States, or she thinks there is some benefit in making it look like she doesn’t understand how elections work in the United States.

And Lauren Boebert is going to be an actual Member of Congress in a few weeks.

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Durango Mayor Dean Brookie to Boebert: ‘We Don’t Need This Type of Rhetoric in our Community’

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Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert.

U.S. Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert (R-CO) wants you to think she’s a fighter. She’s pushing back on COVID health orders. She’s saying, “Hell no,” to Beto O’Rourke. She’s poised to confront U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). And she has her gun on her waist.

So it’s no surprise to hear her on the radio yesterday slamming the Democratic mayor of Durango, Dean Brookie, during a discussion of a yogurt shop that, like Boebert’s own business, flouted mask-wearing and other health orders to combat the virus.

“The mayor went on record and said, ‘You know, we will just let businesses like this starve over the winter. How many people really eat frozen yogurt in the winter anyway?'” Boebert told KHOW’s Ross Kaminsky Thursday (here at 1:24:05). “‘Just let them do what they are doing. We’ll just starve them out.’ That’s a paraphrase. But I mean, that’s what he is saying to the citizens of Durango.”

It doesn’t sound like something that would slip off the tongue of any mayor, so I emailed Boebert’s spokeswoman to find out where Brookie said it. And I did a news search.

Nothing showed up about the mayor saying anything like this, so I called Brookie.

“That’s a totally inaccurate characterization of anything I ever would have said,” Brookie told me.

“I think she’s representing a certain vocal minority,” said Brookie, when asked why Boebert would make the allegation.

“It’s in keeping with the rhetoric that politicizes this issue.

“Meanwhile, people in our community are dying.” “Right now, today, we have a serious outbreak. We don’t need this type of rhetoric in our community,” Brookie said.
Brookie

The Durango yogurt shop, Top That Frozen Yogurt, generated national attention, like Boebert’s restaurant did, when it attacked measures to combat COVID-19, generating heat from public health officials.

“Your mask is as worthless as Dean Brookie,” appeared on a chalkboard in the yogurt establishment.

Then the shop offered a 10% discount to customers who didn’t wear a mask when buying yogurt.

The shop has now apparently shut down and the owners are leaving Durango.

Brookie said he and the City Council, as well as city staff, are implementing programs to try to help businesses. They closed streets during the summer, allocated most federal relief funds directly to restaurants, and paid for a portion of third-party delivery services, he said.

Brookie expects an ordinance to pass soon that will defer restaurant sales tax through March.

Brookie is holding a forum on Dec. 17 with restaurant owners “to discuss anythig else that we can possibly do to help restaurants survive over the next three to four months.”

“In total 180-degree opposite of what Ms. Boebert is suggesting, our community is very proactive in assisting restaurants in surviving, and at the same time, assuring a safe experience for patrons and workers.”

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Caption This Photo: “Q*Bert” Fondles Ken Buck’s AR-15

Rep. Ken Buck, as readers know, keeps a reportedly nonfunctional AR-15 style assault rifle in his office–at least we hope it’s not ready to lock and load, along with the Washington, D.C. attorney general’s office and the U.S. Capitol Police! Either way, it was only a matter of time before Rep.-elect Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert arrived for her exclusive Second Amendment photo-op, joining former Rep. Trey Gowdy and other lucky “friends of Ken.” Who knows? Maybe Rep.-elect Boebert even gets a key to the trigger lock.

There’s an extremely unlikely movie plot where this all comes together to save the world. Sure.

But in reality, it’s just another reminder that America’s unhealthy gun fetish is genderless.

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Boebert “Reimbursements” Already Surpass $30,000

Congresswoman-elect Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert didn’t even wait until she was sworn-in to office to start her own political grifting operation.

We were perusing the latest campaign finance reports this morning and came across a whopper of an expenditure: A few weeks ago, Boebert wrote herself a check from her campaign account in the amount of $21,199.52 for “mileage reimbursement.”

This is a massive number for mileage reimbursement, but it’s not a total amount. Boebert had already been reimbursed for mileage in March 2020, which brings her total 2020 mileage reimbursement amount to $22,259.14.

Via FEC.gov (Accessed 12/4/20)

 

In fact, Boebert’s campaign finance reports indicate that the candidate was “reimbursed” for a total of $30,177 in 2020. For comparison’s sake, we looked back at reimbursements to outgoing Rep. Scott Tipton — who Boebert defeated in the June 2020 Primary. Over the last 10 years, Tipton was reimbursed from his campaign account for a grand total of $12,255 (see chart after the jump below).

Via FEC.gov

Let’s go back to just talking about mileage. The current mileage reimbursement rate dictated by the IRS is $0.575 cents per mile, which means that Boebert is claiming to have driven roughly 36,868 miles since April 2020. To put this in perspective, consider that a full-time semi truck driver clocks about 45,000 miles per year; at Boebert’s claimed mileage rate, she would have driven 55,302 miles in 2020. Truck drivers who do nothing else but drive for 8-10 hours a day would have a hard time matching this number.

Rep-elect Lauren Boebert (R-imbursement)

Colorado’s Third Congressional District is a huge area geographically, but that still doesn’t explain such a huge driving expense — particularly when the price of gas is lower than it has been in years. Boebert is saying that she put enough miles on her car — again, just since April — to drive from her home in Rifle to Denver more than 200 times.

To put it another way, Boebert claims she drove far enough in 8 months to have circumnavigated the globe 1.5 times.

Campaign accounts are not slush funds for candidates. This is not the kind of thing that just gets swept under the rug, as former Congressman Duncan Hunter can attest. Unless Boebert can somehow document her exorbitant mileage claims, this would appear to be a pretty cut and dried case of misusing campaign funds.

And Boebert is still a month away from being officially sworn-in as a Member of Congress.

 

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