The far-right's obsession with firearms coupled with its increasingly incendiary rhetoric has contributed to threats of violence from its supporters against Democratic lawmakers.
QAnon-supporting Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) frequently featured assault weapons in her campaign ads, with one even pointing to the "squad" of progressive Congresswomen like Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Now, Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is also taking a page from that book.
Boebert is the owner of Shooters Grill, a restaurant that encourages its workers to openly carry firearms while on the
And in a recent ad, the Congresswoman targets House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) with a foreboding gunshot effect that some consider yet another call for violence against Democrats.
Madam Speaker, tear down this wall! https://t.co/Vy6lIJuGc5— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@Rep. Lauren Boebert) 1615215603.0
The ad features Boebert calling on Pelosi to remove protective fencing that was installed around the Capitol after a mob of Republican extremists mounted a deadly failed insurrection, motivated by the lies about the 2020 election that Boebert amplified, and during which she tweeted updates on the locations of members of Congress, including Pelosi.
Boebert says in the ad:
"Democrats don't want to protect you because they don't care about you, but they'll spare no expense protecting themselves."
After Boebert calls on Pelosi to "tear down this wall," the ad concludes with a gunshot sound effect.
It raised red flags across Twitter.
This video is a threat. She inserts the sound of a gun cocking at the end, which negates the video because she’s fu… https://t.co/NaPpsWSLdz— VoteVets (@VoteVets) 1615244759.0
Congresswoman, why is there a sound gunshot at the end of your video? Was that a threat to Speaker Pelosi? https://t.co/rbD6vpA4Gf— David Weissman (@David Weissman) 1615244332.0
The gun-cocking sound at the end of this video is clearly a threat to the 2nd in line to the Presidency. @FBI… https://t.co/OmKvAV5yZZ— Amy Amidei (@Amy Amidei) 1615392443.0
At the end of her video, Rep. Boebert (QOP) says "Madame Speaker, tear down this wall" (the protective fencing surr… https://t.co/7WDaDulPTr— MegaYanni (@MegaYanni) 1615263874.0
@FBI https://t.co/dCwMbg9xXW. Gun shots at end of this video seem threatening?— Mia (@Mia) 1615329469.0
People hadn't forgotten about Boebert's actions before and during the insurrection.
This with the gunshot and gun cocking noise + tweets with The Speaker’s location during the insurrection + tours of… https://t.co/Z207yhS3lo— Steve Marmel (@Steve Marmel) 1615266200.0
Rep. Lauren Boebert’s new “ad” calls for Speaker Pelosi to take down security around the Capitol and ends with the… https://t.co/3nyGAYJbRM— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts) 1615391084.0
The wall is there, in part because of your seditious actions. The truth will come out. They’re coming for you… https://t.co/z7eVNyF8Ms— Joni (@Joni) 1615309106.0
Hey, if I remember correctly you and your pal Marjorie were co-conspirators in the insurrection that forced that wa… https://t.co/hAAZyZ06iw— Keith Bucari (@Keith Bucari) 1615262084.0
Boebert was not opposed to the additional fencing built around the White House during President Donald Trump's administration.