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Lauren Boebert called Pete Buttigieg “clueless.” It didn’t end well for her.

Secretary Pete Buttigieg/Rep. Lauren Boebert
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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) faced harsh criticism online when she attacked out Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg as “clueless” and unqualified.

On Tuesday night the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Notice to Air Missions system  (NOTAM) suffered an outage that lasted until Wednesday morning. The safety system was restored that morning.

It’s currently unclear what caused the technological issue and Buttigieg said that the Department of Transportation is investigating.

“There is no direct indication of any kind of external or nefarious activity, but we’re not yet prepared to rule that out,” he said on MSNBC yesterday. “We need to understand whether this reflects a systemic issue, and what would be required so that there’s no single point of failure here.”

“Glitches or complications happen all the time, but we can’t allow them to ever lead to this level of disruption.”

But Boebert had already decided what the cause was: Buttigieg himself.

“Every plane in America is currently grounded due to a system error,” she tweeted. “Mayor Pete, bravo.”

“This is what happens when you hire clueless liberals for jobs they aren’t qualified to do.”

This isn’t the first time she has attacked Buttigieg. In 2021, she said, “You can’t celebrate Christmas this year” because of Buttigieg, referring to supply chain issues that were partly caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

That same year, she bragged about giving birth to one of her children in a truck to mock Buttigieg for taking paternity leave to be with his children.

“The guy was not working! Because why? He was trying to figure out how to chestfeed,” she said, using a term often used by transmasculine and non-binary parents. “Maybe someone should tell him, please, so he can get back to work.”

Last year, though, she was writing letters asking Buttigieg to approve grants for her district.

On Twitter, Boebert – who dropped out of high school and got her GED just months before winning her first election in her 30s – faced criticism for calling the Rhodes Scholar and first out LGBTQ+ cabinet secretary “clueless” and unqualified.

Several people mentioned that her gun-themed restaurant Shooters – which has since closed – gave 80 people food poisoning when they sold food at a rodeo without a license in 2017. Pulled pork sliders that weren’t stored at the appropriate temperature were found to be the culprit.

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