Lauren Boebert stated there hadn’t been a single COVID-19 death in Texas since mask restrictions ended in March. Data shows thousands had, in fact, died.

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Rep. Lauren Boebert on the House steps of the Capitol on Monday, January 4, 2021.

  • Rep. Lauren Boebert falsely claimed Texas hasn’t recorded a single COVID-19 death in two months.
  • “Since removing the mask mandate …Texas has not reported a single COVID death,” she claimed.
  • Data shows 3,600 Texans lost their lives to the virus since March 2, the day restrictions were lifted.
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Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado falsely claimed that Texas hasn’t recorded a single COVID-19 death since it lifted mask restrictions two months ago.

Speaking to right-wing commentator Gina Loudon on “Dr.Gina Primetime” on Wednesday, Boebert ridiculed the House chamber’s mask mandate and said she “enjoys” telling Speaker Nancy Pelosi to “kiss my mask.”

“Leftists won’t even listen to the bureaucrats at the CDC, and it just goes to show that this party’s ‘Follow the Science’ slogan is a total joke, just like this entire administration, just like the entire Democrat Party,” Boebert said, according to Right Wing Watch. “They want to tell you to listen to science and listen to data and facts, but they haven’t done that for more than a year.”

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“Texas removed their mask mandate two months ago, and Sleepy Joe called it ‘Neanderthal thinking,'” she continued. “No, sir. Republicans are just following the science, and since removing the mask mandate two months ago, Texas has not reported a single COVID death. Not one.”

According to data published by the Texas Department of State Health Services, around 3,600 people have lost their lives to the virus since March 2, which was the day Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifted all COVID-19 restrictions in the state.

More than 50,000 people have died in Texas since March 2020.

However, on May 16, the state did report its first day without recording any COVID-19 death since the beginning of the pandemic.

Dr. Wesley Long, a pathologist at Houston Methodist, told the Houston Chronicle that while this new milestone is encouraging, people must still remain vigilant and careful.

“We all want to be on the other side of the pandemic. And it’s OK to feel excitement about changes in mask mandates, or about decreasing case numbers and mortality,” Long said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“But it’s important to remember how we got here,” Long continued. “A lot of the benefits we’re seeing now are largely driven by vaccines and compliance with safety measures such as masking and social distancing.”

Boebert represents Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District and ran her 2020 campaign on a pro-gun platform. She owns a restaurant in the state called Shooters Grille, where the staff is encouraged to openly carry firearms.

She has previously expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory but denied that she is a follower of it, the Guardian reported.

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Republican lawmakers face fines for defying mask rules on the House floor and haven’t revealed whether they’re vaccinated

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U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) arrives for a House Republican caucus candidate forum to replace outgoing conference chair, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) at the Capitol on May 13, 2021.

  • Several Republican House members are openly defying mask-wearing rules on the House floor.
  • Most of these members won’t say whether they’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The Capitol physician said House members must continue wearing masks until all members and floor staffers are fully vaccinated.
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Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia refused to wear a face mask on the House floor on Wednesday, continuing her protest against mask-wearing requirements.

Greene isn’t alone. Several other Republican lawmakers also openly defied House rules on Tuesday evening, appearing maskless while casting votes on the floor, according to C-SPAN footage. The Capitol physician, Brian Monahan, decided last week that House members must continue wearing masks on the House floor until all members and floor staffers are fully vaccinated.

Because at least 100 GOP House members haven’t said whether they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19, it’s unclear whether they are violating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidance that fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks indoors. Nine of the 10 GOP lawmakers cited for violating the rules haven’t said whether they’ve been vaccinated, according to a recent CNN survey. Greene refuses to reveal whether she’s gotten the shot.

In accordance with House rules, Greene will receive a warning for her first violation, along with Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Chip Roy of Texas, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Bob Good of Virginia, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Mary Miller of Illinois, multiple news outlets reported.

GOP Reps. Brian Mast of Florida, Beth Van Duyne of Texas, and Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa, who also flouted the rules and had already received their first warnings, will face a $500 fine, per the reports. Additional offenses would result in a $2,500 fine.

Under current rules, all House lawmakers must wear a face-covering on the floor except for when speaking, debating, or presiding over House proceedings. Fines for refusing to wear a mask were established by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the wake of the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, when several members sheltered-in-place together and many were maskless. At least a handful of lawmakers later tested positive for COVID-19.

Although the fine will be deducted from the member’s congressional salary, some lawmakers are calling on their supporters to make donations. Mast asked voters in an email to contribute to his “fight against Pelosi and the Washington Lockdown Cheerleading Squad” which is “going to get expensive FAST,” Punchbowl News reported on Wednesday. The Iowa Republican Party, on behalf of Miller-Meeks, also tweeted a donation link “to help us fight back and retire Pelosi in 2022.”

The GOP mask protest comes after the CDC last Thursday announced fully vaccinated people no longer needed to wear masks indoors or outdoors at gatherings of any size, except in healthcare settings, on public transportation, at homeless shelters, and at airports. Private companies may still enforce mask mandates as they see fit.

Pelosi said last Thursday the House rule would stay in place despite the CDC’s guidance, noting not all lawmakers had been fully vaccinated yet.

But House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is expected to force a vote on a resolution to revise the mask guidelines on Wednesday night. But the resolution is expected to be tabled by Democrats.

“The continued House mask mandate sends the erroneous message that the efficacy of the vaccines cannot be trusted,” the GOP resolution says. “Members of the House of Representatives have a responsibility to send a message to the American people that we can trust the safety and efficacy of the available COVID-19 vaccines.”

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Republicans shake their heads, doze off, and live-tweet during Biden’s first joint address to Congress

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) during U.S. President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress in the U.S. Capitol on April 28, 2021.

  • Many Republicans seemed unmoved during Biden’s joint address to Congress on Wednesday.
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert live-tweeted criticism of Biden during the speech.
  • Cameras caught Sen. Ted Cruz dozing off while Biden addressed immigration reform.
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Several Republican lawmakers appeared impassive and even displeased throughout most of President Joe Biden’s first joint address to Congress on Wednesday night.

Freshman firebrand Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado live-tweeted criticism of Biden while he spoke about his administration’s agenda, covering items such as the economy, health care, and the criminal justice system.

“I miss President Trump,” Boebert tweeted shortly into Biden’s address. About halfway through the speech, Boebert pulled out a space blanket and draped it over her lap, according to reporters in the chamber.

“The Biden regime is an existential crisis,” she tweeted toward the end of the night.

When Biden touched on the economy, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio looked visibly troubled and began shaking his head vigorously, PBS NewsHour’s Lisa Desjardins observed.

Cameras in the House chamber showed Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas appearing to struggle to stay awake as Biden discussed immigration reform. Cruz put out a statement summing up his feelings after the speech concluded, calling it “boring, but radical.”

As Biden addressed issues including clean water, job creation, and child poverty, many Republicans, like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, remained stone-faced.

Once Biden wrapped up, McCarthy plainly said: “This whole thing could have just been an email.”

Republicans piled on the attacks on Twitter, labeling Biden’s speech “pathetic,” accusing him of “virtue-signaling,” and calling out Democrats for violating COVID-19 guidelines such as social distancing.

Only around 200 people were allowed in the House chamber for Wednesday’s address, as the event was scaled back due to coronavirus restrictions.

During his speech, Biden highlighted his infrastructure proposal, called on Congress to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and outlined parts of his $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, which would invest in child care and education.

Democrats repeatedly rose from their seats and applauded the president as he spoke, while Republicans largely remained seated with their hands in their laps.

However, there were some bipartisan moments of the evening. When Biden briefly acknowledged first lady Jill Biden teaching as a community college professor, she received a standing ovation from Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Boebert was the only person who did not clap, according to the Capitol Hill pool.

Several GOP lawmakers also applauded after Biden encouraged Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina offered the GOP’s response to Biden’s address on Wednesday night.

“Our president seems like a good man. His speech was full of good words,” Scott said. “But three months in, the actions of the president and his party are pulling us further and further apart.”

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Rep. Lauren Boebert produced a space blanket and covered her lap with it during Biden’s address to Congress

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) looks at her phone as US President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on April 28, 2021.

  • Rep. Lauren Boebert unfurled a space blanket during President Biden’s speech to Congress Wednesday.
  • The Republican lawmaker was photographed wearing the blanket over her lap while using her phone.
  • Boebert also live-tweeted the address from inside the House chamber, hurling criticism at Biden.
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Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado took a unique approach to maximizing comfort during President Joe Biden’s hour-long address to Congress Wednesday night.

She unpacked what appeared to be a space blanket about halfway through the address and laid the mylar sheet over her lap. Photos from the evening show Boebert using her phone while covered by the blanket and her Twitter account shows she tweeted more than 25 times during Biden’s address.

Matt Fuller, a politics reporter at The Daily Beast who was inside the chamber, tweeted that Boebert “sort of loudly opened” the blanket, then “shook it free so that everyone could hear it in the chamber,” before draping it across her lap.

The freshman lawmaker’s behavior during the speech raised eyebrows on a number of occasions – from live-tweeting vitriol at Biden from inside the House chamber to refusing to rise during a standing ovation for first lady Jill Biden.

Boebert, who has made a name for herself as a pro-gun right-wing ideologue during her short time in the House of Representatives, visibly shook her head several times when Biden’s speech turned toward gun control in the latter half of the address.

The Republican lawmaker also refused to stand when Biden suggested lowering prescription costs for Americans – a rare moment that drew a standing ovation from members of both parties.

A representative for Boebert did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Fox News host Larry Kudlow rages that Biden’s climate plan will force Americans to drink ‘plant-based beer’

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Larry Kudlow participates in coronavirus economic “relief update” virtual event at the White House in Washington

  • Former Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow raged against the idea of “plant-based beer” on Fox News.
  • He also cited false claims that Americans must stop eating red meat to meet Biden’s new climate goals.
  • Kudlow neglected to mention that all beer is made from plant-based ingredients like grain and yeast.
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Fox News host and former Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow raged against the idea of “plant-based beer” on his Friday night show, saying that Biden’s climate plan would require that Americans give up meat.

“Get this, America has to stop eating meat, stop eating poultry and fish, seafood, eggs, dairy, and animal-based fats. Ok, got that? No burger on July 4. No steaks on the barbecue. I’m sure Middle America is just going to love that. Can you grill those Brussels sprouts?” Kudlow said on Fox Business Friday.

“You can throw back a plant-based beer with your grilled Brussels sprouts and wave your American flag. Call it July 4th Green,” Kudlow said.

“Now, I’m making fun of this because I intend to make fun of it. This kind of thing is stupid,” he added. “It comes from a bunch of ideological zealots who don’t care one whit about America’s well-being. Not one whit.”

Kudlow neglected to mention that beer is made from water, grain, hops, and yeast – not meat.

The Fox News host expressed his unhappiness with Biden’s announcement during the Earth Day summit that he would halve the US’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to address the looming climate emergency. That would more than double what the US agreed to when Biden re-joined the Paris climate agreement, which former President Donald Trump withdrew from in 2017.

But Kudlow objected to Biden’s climate goals, saying it would “wreck the fossil fuel sector.” He also said that Biden’s plan would mandate that Americans stop eating meat – an untrue claim.

Other conservatives also expressed their consternation at the idea of cutting meat from their diets, despite no one asking them to do so.

GOP lawmakers Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert tweeted the false claims, with Boebert objecting to the idea of “cutting 90% of red meat from (her) diet” and telling Biden to “stay out of (her) kitchen. Meanwhile, Greene tweeted a reference to the misleading information, writing “The Hamburglar” and pairing her post with a shot of Biden eating a hamburger.

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Daily Mail and Fox News pushed misleading claims about Biden limiting meat consumption. Conservatives like Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene lashed out at the president anyway.

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) attends the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.

  • False claims spread this week about Biden limiting Americans’ meat consumption.
  • Biden has not released any plans related to meat consumption.
  • Prominent conservatives amplified the misleading claims online with widely shared tweets.
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False claims about President Joe Biden’s plans for addressing the climate crisis spread online this week, but the lack of truth over the claims didn’t stop Republican lawmakers from responding to or repeating them.

The Daily Mail published a story Thursday with a headline that began: “How Biden’s climate plan could limit you to eat just one burger a MONTH.” It included unsubstantiated claims that in order to meet Biden’s plan Americans would need to “cut 90% of red meat out of diet” and “only eat 4lbs a year.”

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shared a screenshot from Fox News that echoed the claims, labeled as “Biden climate requirements,” along with the limit of “one burger per month.”

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Fox News show host Larry Kudlow said: “Speaking of stupid, there’s a study coming out of the University of Michigan which says that to meet the Biden Green New Deal targets, America has to, get this, America has to stop eating meat, stop eating poultry and fish, seafood, eggs, dairy, and animal-based fats.”

In fact, the University of Michigan study cited by the Daily Mail and Fox was published in January 2020 and is not related to Biden or his climate plan. According to the authors, the study analyzes “hypothetical reduction in the consumption of animal-based foods in the US diet” and relies on “a number of simplifying assumptions.” It is not a policy proposal or suggestion.

When reached by CNN’s Daniel Dale, one of the authors said: “I, admittedly, have no idea what Biden’s plan has to say about our diets.”

Biden announced on Thursday that the US will aim to cut carbon emission 50% by 2030, but he has released few details on how his administration plans to meet that goal. During the announcement, Biden made no mention of Americans’ meat consumption.

The Daily Mail and Fox News did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The claims about Biden’s plan were amplified by conservatives on Twitter, including members of Congress.

GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert tweeted the false claims, saying “Joe Biden’s climate plan includes cutting 90% of red meat from our diets by 2030. They want to limit us to about four pounds a year. Why doesn’t Joe stay out of my kitchen?”

Fellow freshman GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted an apparent reference to the false claims, writing “The Hamburglar,” alongside a photo of Biden eating a burger. She added in quotes: “No burgers for thee, but just for me.”

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the Fox News screenshot, saying: “I’m pretty sure I ate 4 pounds of red meat yesterday. That’s going to be a hard NO from me.”

Representatives for Boebert and Greene did not respond to Insider’s request for comment. Representatives for Abbott and Trump Jr. could not be reached.

All of the tweets mentioned above that spread the false or misleading claims were liked and shared thousands of times on Twitter.

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‘Clean up your mess, Kevin’: Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries responds to Maxine Waters censure effort by telling GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to ‘sit this one out’

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House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., speaks during a press conference on Feb. 3, 2021.

  • Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries admonished Republican efforts to censure Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.
  • Jeffries argued that GOP leaders are hypocrites for condemning Waters’ comments urging protesters to “get more confrontational.”
  • “Clean up your mess, Kevin. Sit this one out,” Jeffries said, referring to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the 4th-highest ranking House Democrat, admonished Republican efforts to censure Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters and argued the GOP should deal with their own “mess” before attacking Democrats.

“Kevin McCarthy should focus on his own conference, because the Republicans in the House are a mess right now,” Jeffries told reporters. “Perhaps he should sit this one out.”

Jeffries named specific Republican lawmakers who’ve been mired in controversy in recent months.

“Lauren Boebert is a mess. Matt Gaetz is a mess. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a mess,” he said. “Clean up your mess, Kevin. Sit this one out.”

Waters is facing criticism for telling a group of supporters to “get more confrontational” if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murdering George Floyd, is acquitted. She made her comments during a visit to Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, where Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot and killed by a police officer last week.

“We’ve got to stay on the street, and we’ve got to get more active. We’ve got to get more confrontational,” she said. “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

The judge overseeing Chauvin’s trial called Waters’ remarks “abhorrent” and said they could warrant an appeal once the case is decided. The jury’s verdict is expected to be made public on Tuesday afternoon.

Republicans are planning to hold a vote to censure Waters on Tuesday afternoon. The party has refused to censure their own members who’ve been accused of making comments that incited violence, including before and during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended Waters, saying the congresswoman’s remarks were “absolutely not” meant to incite violence.

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Lauren Boebert says adding Supreme Court judges is an ‘act of political terrorism’

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Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo.

  • Rep. Lauren Boebert said adding Supreme Court justices was “political terrorism.”
  • The Republican lawmaker criticized a move by House Democrats to add four judges to the bench.
  • This comes weeks after she tweeted her support of guns right after the King Soopers mass shooting.
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Controversial Colorado lawmaker Lauren Boebert has landed herself in hot water again.

In a tweet, the freshman congresswoman criticized a move by House Democrats to increase the number of Supreme Court judges from nine to 13, calling it “an act of political terrorism.”

Twitter users hit back at Boebert’s post, saying that while packing the court is a controversial move, the Republican party did the same thing when Trump expedited Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to “pack the courts” before his term ended.

They also mocked her seeming lack of understanding of what “political terrorism” means.

Boebert was speaking out against a bill backed by progressive Democrats which proposes that four seats be added to the Supreme Court, bringing the total number of judges on the bench to 13.

Congress can determine the number of judges who sit on the high court, and the Democrats currently hold a slim majority in both the House and the Senate.

Though Biden previously said that he was “not a fan” of “packing the courts” – a move to increase the number of justices to exert judicial control – the president did create a commission this month to study possible court reform, a signal that he might be open to the idea.

However, this may not come to pass, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that she has “no plans to bring (the court reform bill) to the floor” for a vote.

This is the second time in less than a month that Boebert has become a lightning rod for controversy. In March, she faced severe backlash after tweeting about gun rights days after a mass shooting at the King Soopers supermarket in her home state which left 10 people dead.

Just two hours after the Boulder, Colorado, shooting, Boebert was accused of capitalizing on the tragedy for political gain after her campaign sent a pro-gun email to supporters with the subject line: “I told Beto ‘HELL NO’ to taking our guns.”

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Lauren Boebert says ‘no gun laws’ could’ve stopped Boulder shootings weeks after assault weapon ban was lifted

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) attends the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.

  • Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert on Tuesday claimed “there are no gun laws” that could have stopped the Boulder mass shooting.
  • However, an assault weapons ban that would have covered the weapon reportedly used by the suspect was lifted shortly before the shooting.
  • The National Rifle Association had celebrated the ban being overturned.
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Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert on Tuesday claimed “there are no gun laws” that could have stopped the Boulder mass shooting, despite a judge lifting an assault weapons ban in the area just days before the shooting took place.

Boebert, a vocal gun rights advocate, was speaking after a gunman opened fire at a grocery store in Boulder on Monday, killing 10 people. Police say that Ahmad Alissa, a 21-year-old man, was charged with the shooting.

“There are no gun laws that would’ve stopped Ahmad Alissa from killing ten Americans in cold blood,” she tweeted, linking to a clip of an appearance she had earlier made on broadcaster Newsmax.

“Big government gun grabs are not the answer to the issue of violence in our nation.”

However, a Colorado judge overturned a ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines (LCMs) in Boulder only 10 days before the shooting, Insider reported this week.

The decision to lift the ban was also celebrated by the National Rifle Association less than a week before the shooting.

The suspect in Monday’s shooting, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, bought an AR-556 semi-automatic, which reportedly would have been covered by the ban on March 16, according to police reports.

Colorado remains disproportionately the location of mass shootings, with more mass shootings having taken place there than in all but four states.

The United States also has a far greater rate of deaths from gun violence than other wealthy countries and many low-income countries, per NPR.

Boebert was elected to Congress in January and has since drawn attention for her vocal gun rights activism, having made gun rights a frequent theme of her campaigning.

The Colorado representative had drawn criticism on Tuesday for sending out a campaign email encouraging supporters to say “hell no” to gun control. The subject line of the email read “I told Beto ‘HELL NO’ to taking our guns. Now we need to tell Joe Biden.”

The text of the email said that “radical liberals in Washington, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and with President Biden’s blessing and support are trying to violate your due process and criminalize the private transfer of firearms.”

“Please help me stand up to the radical gun-grabbing left,” the email said.

She indicated in January that she carried a gun around the Capitol building, and earlier in March released a video attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a video which included the sound of gunshots playing.

She also appeared at a virtual House committee hearing in February with several guns stacked on a shelf behind her, which she said she has subsequently removed.

“I thought I told you all I moved them upstairs so Biden couldn’t get to them,” she wrote on Twitter.

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2 hours after the mass shooting in Colorado, Rep. Lauren Boebert sent a campaign email encouraging supporters to say ‘HELL NO’ to gun control

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Rep Lauren Boebert of Colorado

  • Rep. Lauren Boebert was tweeting about Biden while a mass shooting was unfolding in her home state.
  • Following the shooting that left ten dead, Boebert said she was praying for those affected.
  • The representative’s campaign reportedly sent a pro-gun email to supporters two hours after the shooting.
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One of Congress’ most ardent Second Amendment supporters is facing backlash after a series of insensitive communications following a mass shooting that left ten dead in a Boulder, Colorado supermarket on Monday.

Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado has quickly made a name for herself as a pro-gun, right-wing ideologue during her short time in the House of Representatives, but her response to Monday’s shooting in her home state drew sharp criticism.

Reports of an active shooter situation at a King Soopers grocery store began circulating shortly before 3 pm local time. Thirty minutes later, a local livestream of the scene showed officers detaining a handcuffed, shirtless man who was covered in blood.

But as local law enforcement, media outlets, and politicians were awaiting more information about the incident, Boebert was tweeting about the US Southern border and President Biden.

“The White House just called a lid at 1:13pm today. Biden is back in the basement, figuratively at least,” she tweeted at 2:51 pm.

“Meanwhile, the country is in chaos and the border is coming apart at the seams,” she wrote.

Following a swift barrage of Twitter users blasting Boebert for her timing, the freshman representative issued a statement addressing the shooting.

“My prayers are with the shoppers, employees, first responders & others affected by the shooting in Boulder,” she tweeted. “May God be with them.”

Amid an ongoing spew of mass shootings in recent years, the stump phrase “thoughts and prayers” has become the go-to-response for many politicians, instead of tangible policy changes to address the gun violence epidemic in the United States.

But Boebert, who has hinted she carries a gun to work in the US Capitol and has appeared at a virtual committee meeting in front of a multi-gun display, was quickly back to championing gun rights Monday night.

Two hours after the shooting, Boebert’s campaign reportedly sent her supporters an email with a subject line that said, “I told Beto ‘HELL NO’ to taking our guns. Now we need to tell Joe Biden,” according to a tweet from journalist David Gura.

“Radical liberals in Washington, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and with President Biden’s blessing and support are trying to violate your due process and criminalize the private transfer of firearms,” a photo Gura tweeted of the email said. “Please help me stand up to the radical gun-grabbing left.”

She is the founder and owner of Shooters Grill, a Colorado restaurant infamous for staff that “proudly open carry as they serve their customers.”

Boebert has been a vocal opponent of gun control and background checks, often sharing a bogus story about a man being “beaten to death” outside her gun-themed restaurant as an avenue to advocate for gun rights. The local police department debunked her claims after an autopsy showed the man had died from a drug overdose.

Insider has reached out to Boebert’s campaign for comment.

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