Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is one of the freshman representatives whose embrace of far-right rhetoric amplified by former President Donald Trump.
Boebert owns Shooters restaurant, where the service staff are encouraged to openly carry firearms on the clock. She gleefully spread Trump's lies that the 2020 election was "stolen" from him, and just before a mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the United States Capitol, Boebert tweeted, "Today is 1776."
Other members of Congress later said that Boebert gave a tour to a group of supporters in the days leading up to the riots, despite the Capitol being closed to tours due to the pandemic. Some speculated that Boebert—who also tweeted updates on the locations of lawmakers as the Capitol was still under siege—was actively providing intel to the insurrectionists.
The Congresswoman, who is the second Republican House member to express support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, recently released an ad calling for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to remove the protective fencing from the Capitol, concluding with an ominous gunshot sound.
And on Tuesday, Boebert sent another tweet, asking her followers what they were grateful for in the face of a devastating year.
Gratitude has been a difficulty in the last year. All of us have faced challenges being limited by draconian restr… https://t.co/CjgWffvLCa— Lauren Boebert (@Lauren Boebert)1615900162.0
In the tweet, Boebert implied that public safety guidelines put forth in the face of the pandemic that's killed over 500 thousand Americans amounted to "draconian restrictions," and said she was grateful for the chance to serve in Congress.
Responses from others were quite different.
I'm grateful for a few things: -Real leadership in the White House. -Two year terms (#BringOn2022) -Never having t… https://t.co/WZAicYpiuo— Blue Rabbits 🐰👑🌊🌈 (@Blue Rabbits 🐰👑🌊🌈)1615986649.0
I’m grateful a pathetic mental cretin doesn’t represent me. That would be so embarrassing. I’m grateful America is… https://t.co/42ExlUNFsq— JMDent (@JMDent)1615946628.0
@laurenboebert I'm grateful for the day when you are made to answer to an official congressional inquiry for your a… https://t.co/Jcin1g04wO— MFJackson (@MFJackson)1615904895.0
@laurenboebert The Twitter feed of @laurenboebert. Where the jokes write themselves.— Frank Amari (@Frank Amari)1615900291.0
@laurenboebert I am grateful that you will be arrested soon. The FBI is thorough and that takes longer than I would… https://t.co/NVsocg7nGw— Swing State Voter (@Swing State Voter)1615906611.0
I’m grateful for Merrick Garland and the @FBI who has your cellphone records from January 6th. Enjoy 😊 https://t.co/2VbDQgThl1— Inspector Gizmo (@Inspector Gizmo)1615923986.0
Many, unlike Boebert, were grateful that Trump lost the 2020 election, despite his frequent attempts to overturn the results.
This got the response it deserved. Seeing the end of the Trump Presidency being something many are grateful for! https://t.co/QKGH758ci9— Marcus Smith (@Marcus Smith)1615977764.0
@laurenboebert VERY GRATEFUL THAT STABLE GENIUS LOST. LOL https://t.co/CHdDKOYQLx— Lodestar Covfefe (@Lodestar Covfefe)1615900660.0
@laurenboebert I’m grateful we elected Biden as President so we could finally get this pandemic under control. And… https://t.co/WzbtOBmcgx— Lori Coleman (@Lori Coleman)1615904003.0
Boebert, like every House member, is up for reelection next year.