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Lauren Boebert says including LGBTQ parents is a plot to “get rid of parents all together”

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) accused progressives of wanting “to get rid of parents all together” in a bizarre diatribe about gender-neutral language.

Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed a set of rules about the language they’ll use in official documents. For the first time, they said that they would try to use gender-neutral language, referring to “parents” instead of “mother and father,” for example, to recognize that a lot of kids don’t have a mother and a father. Some have two mothers, some have two fathers, some have just one or the other, some are raised by grandparents and extended family.

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Conservatives used this to attack Democrats, with one Republican Congressman saying the Democratic Party “wants a world in which you cannot call your parents mom and dad,” even though nothing of the sort happened. The rules were just about official House documents.

It’s been about nine months since that happened, and it turns out that Rep. Boebert didn’t forget. Apparently, she has been contemplating the nefarious gender-neutral language rules and she announced her conclusions to the world.

“Radical liberals want to get rid of the word ‘mother’ and ‘father’ because they want to get rid of parents all together,” she tweeted. “To them, the state is supposed to raise children.”

She did not cite any evidence that Democrats are trying to take away anyone’s children, but she made sure to warn her followers: “NEVER surrender your children.”

The French call this l’esprit de l’escalier – literally, “the wit of the staircase” – referring to when you think of a good retort to something someone said as you’re walking down the stairs, leaving their apartment.

Except in Boebert’s case, it took nine months, and most people on Twitter had completely forgotten that they were supposed to be mad about the House rules from January.

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