Colorado Republican Representative Lauren Boebert drew criticism after joining a wave of right-wing disapproval directed at the U.S. Air Force's commemoration of Pride Month.
Boebert took offense to a tweet from the Air Force that featured a silhouette of a saluting airman alongside rainbow stripes symbolizing LGBTQ+ pride overlaid with the official seal of the United States Air Force. Despite the claims of the conservative outrage machine, no flag appears on the graphic.
You can see the Air Force's tweet below.
In response to the tweet, Boebert expressed her disapproval, stating:
"We salute one flag and one flag only in the United States of America."
"It isn't the 'Pride' flag."
You can see Boebert's tweet below.
Boebert's comment quickly drew attention and sparked a backlash.
Her reaction on Twitter prompted many to highlight the hypocrisy of her stance given the prevalence of Trump-themed flags among the former President's supporters, including during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
The imagery of Trump-themed flags alongside symbols of hate and white supremacy was etched in the memories of millions of Americans who witnessed the alarming events of that day.
The contrast between Boebert's condemnation of the Pride flag and her silence on the divisive flags associated with Trump's presidency fueled accusations of double standards and political opportunism.
Boebert's reaction to the Air Force's tweet is just one example of many within right-wing circles.
After right-wing provocateur and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk claimed a "soldier" was saluting a flag in the Air Force tweet, liberal activist Brian Krassenstein hit back.
"I don't see a flag in the picture."
"I see a rainbow."
"I'm petty [sic] sure your brain is making you see things you aren't."
There also is no "soldier" in the image.
The U.S. Army has soldiers, the Navy has sailors, the Marine Corps—technically part of the Department of the Navy—has Marines, the Space Force—technically part of the Department of the Air Force—service members were given the title of guardians and the Air Force has airmen.
Pride Month, observed annually in June, holds significant importance for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. It serves as a time to recognize and celebrate the progress made in the fight for equality, while also acknowledging the ongoing struggles and advocating for further change.
Pride Month celebrations are not only embraced by individuals identifying as LGBTQ+, but also by many organizations and institutions that recognize the importance of diversity, inclusivity and acceptance.
The U.S. Air Force's tweet symbolizes the military's commitment to supporting and respecting its LGBTQ+ members.
The Air Force's participation in Pride Month activities aligns with its broader efforts to foster an inclusive environment within its ranks, where individuals can now serve openly and authentically without fear of discrimination or prejudice.