Far-right Congresswoman Lauren Boebert of Colorado is one of a wave of right-wing conspiracy theorists elected to the House of Representatives in 2020.
Like many of her colleagues, Boebert has built her political brand by glorifying violence and spouting reprehensible attacks everywhere from her Twitter account to the House floor.
This past Wednesday was no different. Boebert rose to speak as the House debated censuring Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona for posting an animation of himself, Boebert, and others killing Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
During her speech, Boebert called Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota—one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress—a "Jihad squad member" who sympathizes with terrorists.
The diatribe prompted a local news anchor in Boebert's state of Colorado, Kyle Clark, to question why Coloradans and Americans in general hold Boebert to a lower standard of acceptable behavior than other members of Congress.
"If we held [Boebert] to the same standard as every other elected Republican and Democrat in Colorado, we would be here near-nightly chronicling the cruel, false, and bigoted things that Boebert says for attention and fundraising. This is not about politics, assuming politics is still about things like taxes, national security, healthcare, jobs and public lands. This is about us as journalists recognizing that we'll hold a politician accountable if they say something vile once, but we won't do it if they do it every day."
"Our double standard is unfair to all the elected officials in Colorado, Republicans and Democrats, who display human decency."
Social media users widely agreed.
Lauren Boebert continues to receive backlash for her antics.
Boebert, predictably, remains unrepentant.