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Lauren Boebert targeted an Olympic athlete from New Zealand on Twitter. She missed.

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) poses in front of a bunch of guns because she thinks it makes her look tough
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) poses in front of a bunch of guns because she thinks it makes her look toughPhoto: Screenshot

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) loves guns. Whether she’s posing in front of a large quantity of unsecured weaponry or running her firearm-themed restaurant, there are few things she knows better than shooting stuff off – especially her mouth.

But the anti-LGBTQ congresswoman misfired when she targeted an Olympic athlete from New Zealand.

Related: Several trailblazing trans athletes are vying to secure a trip to the Olympics

Boehbert’s derogatory tweet about weightlifter Laurel Hubbard didn’t go over well with users and the blowback to her meme was fierce.

Hubbard, who is a transgender woman, will compete for the Pacific nation in Tokyo this year. A record number of trans athletes are trying out across the world to make the trip next month; two athletes are likely to represent the United States.

“Olympic weightlifter Sarah Robles is the first American to win a medal in the sport since 2000,” Boebert tweeted. “In the upcoming Olympics, Sarah will be competing against a biological male from New Zealand who previously competed in men’s weightlifting competitions.”

“This is WRONG!”

Boebert included a photo pitting Robles as “USA’s best female” vs Hubbard “New Zealand’s biological male” over top of the words “Welcome to the Woke Olympics.”

While Boebert obviously anticipated a warm reception for her hateful missive, what she got instead was returned fire. Twitter users responded by thoughtfully pointing out differences in their competitive histories, training regimens, and – most often – castigation of her concern about an athlete from halfway around the world while her own constituents desperately need help.

Last weekend, Boebert decided to try to troll liberals with a misogynistic missive for Father’s Day, but instead of only irritating Democrats, she managed to pull both parties together. Everyone agreed it was simply in bad taste.

Last month, the GOP Congresswoman tweeted “my pronoun is patriot” & got mocked for not knowing what a pronoun is.

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