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Ramon Ramirez

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Posted on May 26, 2022   Updated on May 30, 2022, 10:59 am CDT

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Hello fellow citizens of the internet! Ramon here, filling in for Andrew. Welcome to today’s edition of Internet Insider.

Today, intrepid reporter Claire Goforth unpacks the questionable, damaging work of a certain Colorado freshman congresswoman. And gosh do we have some key news bites for you at the bottom.

Let’s get to it.

— R.R.


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The formulaic far-right congresswoman from Colorado

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) is the political version of a mixtape.

That tape’s song selection includes a love song about guns, a ballad blasting immigration, a dance number or two dragging woke Democrats, a rock anthem highlighting her favorite hoaxes, and a slow jam called “Impeach Brandon.”

Boebert has come up with a few catchy ditties that get her base singing along, and she’s going to keep playing them until their ears bleed.

The freshman congresswoman is among the QAnon class of Congress. She claims that she doesn’t follow the conspiracy theory that elite liberal Satanists rape and eat children, but Media Matter for America reports that she appeared on QAnon proponents’ shows, subscribed to their YouTube channels, and said she hopes QAnon “is real because it only means America is getting stronger and better.”

Like most conspiracy theorists, Boebert is prolific on social media. She maintains an online presence on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Gab, Gettr, Parler, Truth Social, and Telegram. She also sporadically puts out a newsletter.

As much as she likes to complain about big tech companies, Boebert goes days without updating her accounts on fringe platforms. Not even her favorite former president’s joke of a social media platform gets the benefit of her daily Twitter musings about things like “Micky [sic] Mouse’s trademark” or suggestion that we add “Trump’s face time” to Mount Rushmore.

When your main goal is riling people up, it doesn’t make sense to spend much time on right-wing echo chamber platforms with a fraction of the audience.

In the year and a half she’s been in Congress, Boebert’s introduced bills to ban face masks, impeach President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, and strip funding from the World Health Organization—all 100% serious legislation about issues that definitely matter to her constituents in Colorado.

In one particularly heartless bill, Boebert sought to end federal funeral assistance for families who lost loved ones to COVID-19. It’s not hard to imagine her giggling maniacally while naming it the Stop Appropriations for Obsequy Costs Act, or “Stop AOC Act”—a juvenile barb directed at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), with whom she frequently spars on Twitter.

Though you rarely see her without a smile, Boebert’s social media footprint oozes hatred. She directs a lot of that hate toward fellow lawmakers from racial and religious minorities. Vice President Harris; Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.); and former President Barack Obama are some of her favorite targets.

It’s no wonder a local reporter recently blasted her for saying the quiet part out loud about the racist replacement theory in the days following the Buffalo mass shooting.

Boebert’s brand is outrage. Unless there’s a gun involved. Then her brand is freedom.

Claire Goforth


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*First Published: May 26, 2022, 12:00 pm CDT