“The Speaker has been removed from the chambers.” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), a gun-toting supporter of the QAnon movement, is now under fire and facing backlash after being accused of live-tweeting the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) during the attack on Capitol Hill.
The Proud Boys were among those who attacked the US Capitol.
The attack left 5 people dead including former Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit, 34 of San Diego, Rosanne Boyland, 34, of Kennesaw, Georgia; Kevin Greeson, 55, of Athens, Alabama; and Benjamin Phillips, 50, of Ringtown, Pennsylvania, and Officer Brian D. SickNick.
Each died after suffering medical emergencies, D.C. police said.
Shortly after President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol with deadly results, Boebert shared the tweet:
While Ms Boebert did not provide specific details on Ms Peolosi’s location, critics allege she was attempting to aid the rioters who were searching for her. In video from the attack, some rioters can be heard yelling that they were “coming for” Ms Pelosi.
At least 23,000 Twitter users responded by calling for the freshman representative to be jailed and removed from Congress.
“@FBIWFO please arrest @laurenboabert for aiding and abetting those who were hunting down @SpeakerPelosi on Jan, 6th by tweeting the Speaker’s whereabouts,” one person responded. “She’s 5ft tall, 100 pounds and carries a Glock (and won’t stop telling everyone).”
“@SpeakerPelosi you need to have her removed with every fight that you have. This is nothing short of an attempt on your life,” another Twitter user agreed.
Just before the attack, Boebert delivered a speech in which she claimed some of her constituents were among the mob fighting the police on the Capitol steps at the time.
“Madame Speaker, I have constituents outside this building right now and I promised to be their voice,” Boebert said while challenging the results of the election in Arizona. “It is my separate but equal obligation to weigh in on this election and object.”
Monday, protesters rallied at Ms Boebert’s offices in Colorado on Monday calling for her resignation. Rural Colorado United, an activist group organising the protests, called Ms Boebert “unfit” to serve Coloradans.
“Lauren Boebert has betrayed the American people and is a conspirator in the insurrection that occurred at Capitol Hill on January 6th,” the group wrote in a press release. “As the citizens she represents in Congress, we cannot recall her and we cannot impeach her, but we do not accept that she is fit to represent the people of Colorado District 3 in Congress. We can only hope that her colleagues in Congress expel her.”
Boebert fired back late Monday amid growing pressure in a press release:
“We should take Democrats at their word when they say never let a crisis go to waste. Their hypocrisy is on full display with talks of impeachment, censure and other ways to punish Republicans for false accusations of inciting the type of violence they have so frequently and transparently supported in the past,”
“And, once again, their false attacks go unchallenged,” she said, providing a long list of comments attributed to prominent Democrats and Hollywood celebrities dating back more than a decade that she said also could be construed as inciting violence.
“They accuse me of live-tweeting the Speaker’s presence after she had been safely removed from the Capitol, as if I was revealing some big secret, when it fact this removal was also being broadcast on TV.”
Dubbed the “QAnon Congresswoman,” Boebert claims she does not believe in the garbage conspiracy theory alleging alleging a demonic global pedophile, baby-eating cabal includes the majority of US Democratic politicians.