Lauren Boebert says SHE is also a victim of the Colorado gay club shooting
U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert said she was tired of being blamed for the deadly Colorado gay club shooting as the left points to her anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.
The Colorado congresswoman denounced her critics in an interview with OAN, saying she has long been accused of influencing mass shooters since taking office.
“I’ve been accused of just about every mass shooting there has been since the left heard my name,” Boebert said. “Whether it’s Uvalde, or the King Soopers shooting in Boulder, Colorado, or the shooting in Buffalo, New York.
“Or even Paul Pelosi gets hammered,” she added, referring to the attack on the home that left House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband hospitalized. “I blamed it all.”
Nancy Pelosi had prominently blamed MAGA Republicans for the deadly Colorado shooting when Anderson Aldrich, 22, killed five and injured 19 at a drag show on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Following the House Speaker’s conviction, U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Brianna Titone directly cited Boebert for her anti-transgender comments, and the local Denver Post published a scathing op-ed about her snide remarks.
However, Boebert scoffed at the criticism, saying, “All this, it must end, this blame game.” I think the left is pissed. I won my election, so they’re trying to find something to go after me.’
US Rep. Lauren Boebert slammed critics who blamed her for spreading anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, which they say fueled violent attacks such as the recent Colorado Springs shooting
Among those who slammed Boebert were U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Brianna Titone (above). Titone is a fellow Congressman from Colorado and the state’s first openly transgender legislator
Boebert, an outspoken Trump supporter who won a narrow re-election race, has been marred by controversy over her repeated criticism of trans people and gender-affirming concern.
The lawmaker had called US Deputy Health Secretary Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, a “groomer” and referred to the health official by her former male name.
This is a practice that transgender people call ‘dead-naming’, which is considered offensive by many.
The LGBTQ community has faced a wave of threats and violence. In Recently published research from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino, researchers found that reports of hate crimes against LGBTQ people in major cities increased by 51 percent by 2021.
Titone, the state’s first openly transgender legislator, slammed her fellow Colorado congressman after the shooting: “Thanks for the “thoughts and prayers,” but that doesn’t make up for the damage you’ve done directly by instigating this kind of attacks on the LGBTQ+ community. Your spreading of tropes and insults has contributed to the hatred against us.
“There’s blood on your hands,” Titone wrote. “Just resign.”
Following on from that, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: @laurenboebert you have been instrumental in elevating anti-LGBT+ hate rhetoric and anti-trans lies as you spent your time in Congress blocking even the most sane gun safety laws.
“You don’t get out of here with ‘thoughts and prayers’. Look within and change.’
Boebert scoffed at the criticism, saying the left was just angry about her narrow congressional re-election victory. She also said she would double down on her comments about trans people and call them “trimmers.”
Pictured: A mug shot after the Nov. 20 shooting shows Anderson Lee Aldrich’s face after they were beaten and subdued when they opened fire at Colorado’s gay nightclub Club Q, killing five and injuring 19
Boebert called the criticism of her “disgusting,” and in a radio interview Tuesday with KOA, she doubled down on her comments against the transgender community by describing trans women “as men who dress up as caricatures of women.”
The congressman also wondered why the media focused on stories about her instead of the heroes who stopped Aldrich or why no Red Flag laws were triggered when the suspected shooter was arrested last year.
“It’s a shame people aren’t talking about the two heroes who risked their lives to stop this vicious shooter and they’re not talking about enforcing the laws that are on the books,” she told KOA. “Why wasn’t that Red Flag law enforced?”
In particular, Boebert had opposed a federal version of her state’s Reg Flag law, which allows a court to temporarily seize a person’s firearms if they pose a danger to herself or others.
One of the far right’s first vocal critics of the shooting was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (pictured on Nov. 22)
“These incidents took place in the context of conservative media personalities who feared queer folks,” suggested MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes
NBC reporter Ben Collins reported how fear mongering spread to the LGBTQ community events, including drag nights
Speaker Pelosi addressed the nation after the mass shooting, blaming the transphobic rhetoric spread by the far right.
“Today, and every day, let’s bring comfort to grieving loved ones, honor the memory of the dead, and continue to fight to save lives from the evil forces of hate,” Pelosi said. That battle remains more urgent than ever as right-wing extremists target the most fundamental rights and freedoms of transgender Americans.
“Whether spewing dangerous rhetoric from cable news counters or openly bullying schoolchildren from the halls of power, MAGA Republicans are viciously undermining the safety and well-being of our transgender community.”
The far right was also blamed by a slew of media commentators, including MSNBC reporters.
“It’s a campaign driven by members of Congress and conservative influencers on social media, as well as the right’s most favored TV network, Fox News,” said MSNBC political reporter Nicolle Wallace.
“You spewed anti-LGBTQ rhetoric during most viewing hours on Fox News in a regular clip against the US military, against gay men and women,” she continued.
It was a view echoed by MSNBC evening host Chris Hayes: “These incidents occurred in the context of conservative media personalities who feared gays,” he suggested.
Tucker Carlson used his monologue on his show to name liberal TV reporters who had accused him and Fox News of fueling anti-LGBTQ sentiment
Pictured: A tribute to the five victims of the Colorado Springs shooting
Mourners paid their respects on Tuesday during the impromptu tribute near Club Q
Along with Boebert, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson condemned the criticism against him and the right, noting court documents that reportedly identified the suspected shooter, Aldrich, as non-binary and using side-she pronouns.
‘Do you remember [when you were told] Anderson Lee Aldrich, was inspired by hatred for the non-binary community he met on this show,” Carlson asked his viewers.
‘Do you remember that? Well, it turns out last night we found out that Anderson Lee Aldrich – drum roll, please – is part of the non-binary community. He doesn’t hate them. He’s a!’
The Colorado shooter’s motive remains unknown, Aldrich faces five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of bias-motivated crimes causing bodily harm, known as hate crimes.
Many have questioned Aldrich’s non-binary identity, suggesting it could have been a ploy to evade the hate crime allegations