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.
#HeyNext Commentary: We should admit we hold Republican Congresswoman @LaurenBoebert to a different standard than every other elected official in Colorado. pic.twitter.com/jxX4xna0Ar
— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) November 18, 2021
"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.
There's a genius and an honesty in this clip that are badly needed now— from a local anchor in Denver, not the national press. If you follow me you are required to watch. It's that good. Because it acknowledges normalization of the crazy by the producers of news. via @RexChapman https://t.co/yC5SJ40tHf
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) November 18, 2021
More of this please from the media. https://t.co/kRcX0olv4F
— DAME Magazine (@damemagazine) November 18, 2021
This is very true--and quite good. https://t.co/uDh5cabmng
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) November 18, 2021
This is outstanding. Thank you. https://t.co/bX0AFdFTAh
— THEE Catherine M 🍁🦃 Boosted! 💉 #GetVaxxed (@CMargaronis) November 18, 2021
True that! https://t.co/0u2JHONU82
— Marina Zimmerman for Congress (@Marina4Colorado) November 18, 2021
Lauren Boebert continues to receive backlash for her antics.
By the way….Lauren Boebert deserves to be censured for calling Ilhan Omar A Member Of The 'Jihad Squad' on the House floor yesterday. Just sayin'.
— TG (@TG22110) November 18, 2021
Lauren Boebert is the devil's answer to “could they have possibly made a dumber Sarah Palin"
— Cam (@cameron_kasky) November 18, 2021
If @laurenboebert was a manager, principal, or supervisor, she would have long ago been fired and/or received medical help.
The fact that she is in Congress and her own party refuses to protect the American people from her, shows who they are.#VoteBlue2022
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) November 18, 2021
Boebert, predictably, remains unrepentant.