Colorado’s 9NEWS anchor Kyle Clark shredded Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) on air describing her antics as “cruel, false, and bigoted.” The gun-loving Republican congresswoman is notorious for her anti-LGBTQ, racist and xenophobic remarks as well as her unwavering support for Donald Trump.
But her recent claim that Black, Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) married her brother was a step too far for Clark. Boebert made the vile remark during a vulgar tirade about Democrats that she delivered on the House floor.
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Boebert accused Omar of supporting terrorism and being part of a “jihad squad.”
Clark ripped into “the cruel, false, and bigoted things she says for attention and fundraising.” And he didn’t let the media escape responsibility either.
“We hold Congresswoman Boebert to a far lower standard,” Clark said, than other legislators from either parties. We’ve been conditioned to expect the worst from her, he pointed out.
“If we held her to the same standard as every other elected Republican and Democrat in Colorado, we would be here near-nightly chronicling the cruel, false and bigoted things that Boebert says for attention and fundraising,” he continued.
“This is not about politics ― assuming politics is still about things like taxes, national security, health care, jobs and public lands. This is about us, as journalists, recognizing that we’ll hold a politician accountable if they say something vile once, but we won’t do it if they do it every day.”
While media outlets that focus on marginalized populations like LGBTQ Nation regularly report and condemn her extremist language, Boebert’s “vile” antics are frequently praised in rightwing outlets while she’s mostly ignored by mainstream outlets. Like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Boebert’s nonstop vulgarities and inane statements are treated the same as former President Donald Trump’s blatant racist, sexist, and false statements.
“Our double standard is unfair to all the elected officials in Colorado, Republicans and Democrats, who display human decency,” Clark concluded.
Boebert was referring to a disgusting rightwing attack on the Somali-American Congresswoman that the right has used before. Omar never married her brother, but that hasn’t stopped conservatives like Trump and Greene from saying it… but usually not on the floor of the U.S. House.
Omar called out Boebert for her hateful insinuation after it was made.
“Luckily my dad raised me right, otherwise I might have gone to the floor to talk about this insurrectionist who sleeps with a pervert,” Omar tweeted. “I am grateful I was raised to be a decent human and not a deprived person who shamefully defecates & defiles the House of Representatives.”