Boebert is a high-school dropout, conspiracy theorist and Representative for
Colorado’s 3rd district in the US House of Representatives, where she represents the QAnon & stupidity faction together with
Marjorie Taylor Greene and Louie Gohmert.
many candidates who run on an ostensible “law and order” platform, Boebert has a long criminal record, in addition to an even longer
record of morally questionable behavior, having been court summoned and
fined a rather impressive number of times for an interestingly variegated
set of crimes. She also sports a long record of payments to and cooperation with terrorist groups, including hiring representatives
of the Three Percenters group as security for her campaign events.
and other conspiracy groups
God for you guys and the Proud Boys”
- Boebert’s campaign manager Sherrona
Bishop (“you guys” refers to some self-declared members of the group)
official position on the QAnon conspiracy theories vary according to the
principle of opportunism. In a May 2020 interview on Ann Vandersteel’s QAnon web show SteelTruth, she claimed to be “very familiar with” the
claims, and asserting that “everything I’ve heard of Q, I hope that this is
real because it only means America is getting stronger and better.” She was
also a follower of a number of QAnon-connected YouTube channels at the time. When
her affiliation with the movement later faced some scrutiny, she deleted her
YouTube account and denied everything.
March 2021 town hall in Montrose, however, Boebert responded to an interlocutor
wondering when Hillary Clinton and other former officials would be arrested (a
recurring delusional dream among QAnon loons) by claiming that she knew someone involved with
documents declassified by Trump during the closing days of his presidency, and
that the documents would reveal corruption to trigger resignations that would
allow Republicans to retake the House and Senate before 2022. That particular piece of Trump fan fiction is familiar e.g. from the ridiculous
conspiracy theory outlet The Epoch Times. Boebert, however, urged people to just
overlook the outlet’s status as a fake news purveyor (a status earned by fact
checks establishing its systematic lack of reliability about anything
whatsoever), claiming instead that they were using information from “very
good sources” (the sources being, of course, not further specified). For
the most part, however, Boebert prefers to ignite the Qanon crowd with the help
of dogwhistles her critics tend to miss.
steal and Capitol storming
been a staunch supporter of Trump’s false and baseless claims that 2020 election
was stolen from him, and she voted to overturn the results of the Electoral College vote count.
She has, in
particular, tirelessly spread misinformation and baseless conspiracy theories
about Arizona’s election results, alleging widespread voter fraud and accusing
everyone who intended to accept the “results of this concentrated,
coordinated, partisan effort by Democrats” of having allied themselves with the extremist left. In December 2021, Boebert
reiterated the claim that hundreds of thousands of ballots were illegally
mailed to voters. Did she provide evidence? What do you think?
supported the rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 (“Today is 1776”) and was
herself an invited speaker at the March for Trump/Save America rally directly
preceding the riot. During the riot itself, Boebert tweeted the location of
Nancy Pelosi, which resulted in widespread calls for resignation. At least, her communications
director had sufficient integrity to leave the clown ship over Boebert’s January 6 behavior.
2021, Boebert voted against a resolution to give the Congressional Gold
Medal to police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol. She also rejects the
term ‘insurrection’ for the January 6 events, calling the House inquiry into the attack
a “sham witch hunt” and equating the riot with the Black Lives Matter (BLM)
protests – which she anyways thinks should be prosecuted en masse and is linked
to terrorism, which makes it unclear what her defense of the January 6 riots is
really supposed to be. Boebert’s fans don’t seem to notice the tension, and
neither does she. She freely used fear of another insurrection when applying
for a concealed gun permit in DC, but ranted against the metal
detectors in the Capitol designed to prevent attacks on Congress because the
detectors made it challenging for her to bring a gun to Congress.
Here is her reasoning for why Kamala
Harris should be impeached, and it would have been sort of noteworthy if it
hadn’t been so daft. (Biden should of course be ‘imeached’, too).
supports eliminating the US Department of Education because “critical race theory”, which is not taught in schools but
which should be banned from schools nonetheless.
bigot, Boebert is of course opposed to marriage equality and any measure to
ease the life of transgender people. She freaked mightily out over the 2021
Equality Act, alleging that it aimed to establish the “supremacy
of gays, lesbians and transvestites,” which she probably genuinely
believes, and it is very telling.
also gotten some attention for her altercations with Ilhan Omar, whom Boebert has described as “a full-time propagandist for
Hamas” and an “honorary member of Hamas”, referred to as “the Jihad Squad member from
Minnesota”, and implied to be a terrorist. According to Boebert, she herself would put “America
first, never sympathizing with terrorists. Unfortunately, Ilhan can’t say the
same thing.” Of course, as opposed to Omar, Boebert has associated
with terrorists, even financed them. The Denver
Post apologized on Boebert’s behalf for her remarks, saying that it was embarrassing that a
Colorado representative engaged in such behavior.
expected, Boebert is a COVID denialist with a lengthy record of attempts to
downplay the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, and her 2020 campaign was
largely based on opposition to official COVID restrictions. She kept the
restaurant she runs in Colorado open despite a cease-and-desist letter from the
sheriff's office and a later suspension of her restaurant license – apparently, you only need to
follow the laws you agree with, a principle she struggles to apply to others
than herself, such as the Black Lives Matter movement. (Her restaurant, the
Shooters Grill, was, before Boebert landed a seat
in Congress, mostly famous for causing 80 people to contract food poisoning at
a 2017 event due to unsafe food handling. Currently, it operates more likea Trump shrine employing a number of hardcore
Qanon adherents, having for instance hired Mona and Bud Demicell as accountant and general manager,
Congress, Boebert has consistently opposed measures intended to prevent the
spread of COVID-19, and has on several occasions posted misinformation and
conspiracy theories related to face masks and COVID-19 vaccines (which she
keeps falsely calling “experimental” because she doesn’t know what
‘experimental’ means). For instance, she falsely claimed that during the two months that
followed the end of the Texas mask mandate, the state did not record any
COVID-19-related deaths – a claim that is easily fact-checked, of course, but Boebert, playing by Trump’s
book, doesn’t really care. She subsequently introduced a bill that would ban all mask mandates on
federal property and during travel in interstate commerce, which failed to
garner sympathy even with her sometimes Congressional allies.
And yes, of
course she is antivaccine. Boebert has even employed the familiar antivaccine
nonsense gambit of comparing vaccines to the
Holocaust (e.g. when comparing the federal
government’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts to “Biden [deploying] his Needle
Nazis”). Meanwhile, the COVID-19 virus is just like communism. And no, she really doesn’t know
how vaccines – or contagious diseases – work: attempting to mock the point of
herd immunity, Boebert wrote: “I woke up with a headache this morning. I
took some Tylenol. Now if everyone else could take some Tylenol too so mine
would start working, that would be great,” which must be one of the
feeblest attempts at a gotcha since Chuck Missler’s peanut butter argument against evolution.
also accused Anthony Fauci, who told people to
get the COVID-19 vaccine, of bullying, because encouraging people to do
something they don’t want to do is just what bullying is and Boebert and her
fans are apparently some really fragile flowers.
2021, Boebert advised her constituents in Mesa County, who were experiencing an uptick
of Delta variant cases, that the “easiest way to make the
Delta variant go away is to turn off CNN [and] vote Republican” (she quickly deleted that particular tweet).
Stupidity is an interest well served in Congress, but Boebert is among its most
systematic champions (though we grudgingly admit that she often seems to be
cleverer than her opponents tend to realize). A serious gohmert and a major
threat to civilization.