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Gun-toting GOP Congresswoman lashes out at gay Democrat for “accusing” her of supporting MAGA riot

Rep. Lauren Boebert, just hanging out at her restaurant with a gun, like a normal person
Rep. Lauren Boebert, just hanging out at her restaurant with a gun, like a normal personPhoto: Jeffrey Beall/via Wikipedia

A Republican Congresswoman who is accused of collaborating with the MAGA rioters last week lashed out at a gay Democratic colleague, saying that it was “extremely offensive, shameful and dangerous” for him to imply that she helped the rioters.

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is one of the more colorful members of the GOP House caucus. She’s a die-hard gun rights supporter who lives in Rifle, Colorado, where she owns a gun-themed restaurant called Shooters Grill where waiters carry firearms, and she promised to “carry my firearm in D.C. and in Congress” during her campaign.

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And she is denying that she helped the MAGA rioters last week.

On MSNBC yesterday, out Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) said that he saw a member of Congress giving a “reconnaissance tour” to alleged insurrectionists just before the MAGA riots. He said he saw “her” help the rioters plan an escape route.

“We can’t be sure a Member of Congress won’t bring a gun to the Inauguration,” Maloney said.

He didn’t mention Boebert’s name, but rumors of her involvement in the riots have been spreading on social media for the past week.

So Boebert assumed Maloney was talking about her – she set off newly installed metal detectors at the Capitol earlier this week and refused to hand over her bag to Capitol Police. While she has not said that she will bring a gun to the Inauguration, she can apparently understand why someone would believe that she will.

“Based on your lies and those of your colleagues, some have even gone so far as to accuse me of conspiring with the criminals that attacked the Capitol on January 6th,” Boebert wrote in a letter to Rep. Maloney that she posted to Twitter. “Your failure to factcheck any of these lies or even talk to me before doing the interview on a national television network, has resulted in my office receiving numerous death threats and hundreds of vile phone calls and emails.”

“I comply with all applicable firearm laws and regulations. I did not conspire with criminals that attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. I have never given a tour of the U.S. Capitol to any outside group or ‘insurrectionists.'”

In a tweet last night, Maloney responded: “Um, I’ve never said your name in public.”

“If you’re going to be a gun nut, you probably shouldn’t go off half cocked,” he quipped.

Boebert later apologized.

“I’m glad you clarified you were not making any remarks about me whatsoever,” she wrote.

This isn’t the only criticism the new member of Congress is facing regarding her behavior during the MAGA riots. She also tweeted the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as the insurrectionists were storming the Capitol, with Democrats saying that she was specifically told not to by security.

Boebert “was told by the Sergeant of Arms in the chamber to not make any social media posts. It was said repeatedly,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who was sheltered with her during the riots.

“She defied it because she is more closely aligned with the terrorists than the patriots.”

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