Lauren Boebert says she is SICK of being unfairly blamed for mass shootings like the Colorado gay club massacre that left five dead and ‘the left is piss*d’ I won my election
- Lauren Boebert slammed critics who blamed her for spreading anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, which they said fueled attacks like the Colorado Springs shooting
- The deadly shooting carried out by Anderson Aldrich, 22, left five dead and 19 injured on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance
- US Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Brianna Titone were among those to immediately point at Boebert over the shooting
- Boebert scoffed at the criticism and said the left was only upset about her narrow re-election victory for congress
- She also said she would double down on her comments against transgender individuals, calling them ‘groomers’
The Colorado congresswoman blasted her critics in an interview with OAN, saying she has been long-accused of influencing mass shooters since taking office.
‘I have been accused of just about every mass shooting there has been since the Left has learned of my name,’ Boebert said. ‘Whether it’s Uvalde, or the King Soopers shooting in Boulder, Colorado, or the Buffalo, New York shooting.
‘Or even Paul Pelosi getting hammered,’ she added, referencing the home invasion attack that left the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi‘s husband hospitalized. ‘I have been blamed for all of that.’
Nancy Pelosi had prominently laid the blame on MAGA Republicans for the deadly Colorado shooting when Anderson Aldrich, 22, killed five and injured 19 during a drag show on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Following the House Speaker’s condemnation, US Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Brianna Titone named Boebert directly for her comments against transgender individuals, and the local Denver Post published a scathing op-ed piece about her hateful remarks.
Boebert, however, scoffed at the criticisms, saying: ‘All of this, it has to come to an end, this blame game. I think the left is piss*d I won my election and so they’re trying to find something to go after me.’
US Rep. Lauren Boebert blasted critics that blamed her for spreading anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, which they said fueled violent attacks like the recent Colorado Springs shooting
Among those slamming Boebert were US Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Brianna Titone (above). Titone is a fellow Colorado congresswoman and the state’s first openly transgender lawmaker
Boebert, a vocal Trump advocate who won a tight re-election race, has been marred in controversy over her repeated criticisms of trans individuals and gender-affirming care.
The lawmaker had called the US Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, a ‘groomer,’ and referred to the health official by her former male name.
That is a practice referred to by transgender people as ‘dead-naming,’ which many consider offensive.
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 in 2021.
Slamming her fellow Colorado congresswoman following the shooting, Titone, the state’s first openly transgender lawmaker, tweeted: ‘Thanks for the “thoughts and prayers” but that does nothing to offset the damage that you directly did to incite these kinds of attacks on the LGBTQ+ community. You spreading tropes and insults contributed to the hatred for us.
‘There’s blood on your hands,’ Titone wrote. ‘Just resign.’
Following suit, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: @laurenboebert you have played a major role in elevating anti-LGBT+ hate rhetoric and anti-trans lies while spending your time in Congress blocking even the most common sense gun safety laws.
‘You don’t get to “thoughts and prayers” your way out of this. Look inward and change.’
Boebert scoffed at the criticism and said the left was only upset about her narrow re-election victory for congress. She also said she would double down on her comments against transgender individuals, calling them ‘groomers’
Pictured: A mugshot following the shooting on November 20 shows Anderson Lee Aldrich’s face after they were beaten and subdued when they opened fire inside the Club Q gay nightclub in Colorado, killing five and injuring 19
Boebert called the criticisms against her ‘disgusting,’ and in a Tuesday radio interview with KOA, doubled down on her comments against the transgender community, describing trans women ‘as men dressing up as caricatures of women.’
The congresswoman also wondered why the media was focusing on stories about her rather than the heroes who stopped Aldrich or why Red Flag laws weren’t triggered when the suspected shooter was arrested last year.
‘It’s unfortunate that people aren’t talking about the two heroes who risked their lives to stop this vile shooter and they’re also not talking about enforcing the laws that are on the books,’ she told KOA. ‘Why was that Red Flag law not enforced?’
Boebert had notably opposed a federal version of her state’s Reg Flag law, which allows a court to temporarily seize a person’s firearms if they are deemed a danger to themselves or others.
One of the first vocal critics of the far right over the shooting was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (pictured on November 22)
‘These incidents happened within the context of conservative media personalities fear-mongering against queer folks’, suggested MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes
NBC reporter Ben Collins reporting how fear-mongering was spreading to the LGBTQ community events including drag nights
Addressing the nation following the mass shooting, Speaker Pelosi laid the blame against transphobic rhetoric spread by the far right.
‘Today, and every day, let us offer comfort to grieving loved ones, honor the memory of those killed and continue fighting to save lives from the wicked forces of hate,’ Pelosi said. ‘That fight remains more urgent than ever, as right-wing extremists target transgender Americans’ most fundamental rights and freedoms.
‘Whether spouting dangerous rhetoric from cable news desks or openly bullying schoolchildren from the halls of power, MAGA Republicans are cruelly undermining the safety and well-being of our transgender community.’
Also blaming the far-right was a slew of media commentators, including MSNBC reporters.
‘It’s a campaign being driven by members of Congress and conservative influencers on social media, as well as the right’s most favorite TV network, Fox News,’ said MSNBC political reporter Nicolle Wallace.
‘You have anti-LGBTQ rhetoric spewed on the most watch hours on Fox News at a regular clip against the U.S. military, against gay men and women,’ she continued.
It was a view echoed by MSNBC evening anchor Chris Hayes: ‘These incidents happened within the context of conservative media personalities fear-mongering against queer folks,’ he suggested.
Tucker Carlson used his monologue in his show to call out liberal TV reporters by name who had accused him and Fox News of stirring up anti LGBTQ sentiment
Pictured: a tribute put in place for the five victims of the Colorado Springs shooting
Mourners showed their respects at the makeshift tribute near Club Q on Tuesday
Along with Boebert, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson condemned the criticisms against him and the right, noting court filings that the suspected shooter, Aldrich, reportedly identified as non-binary and used they-them pronouns.
‘Do you remember [when you were told] Anderson Lee Aldrich, was inspired by hatred for the non-binary community that he learned on this show,’ Carlson asked his viewers.
‘Do you remember that? Well, actually, it turns out we discovered last night, that Anderson Lee Aldrich is – drum roll, please – part of the non-binary community. He doesn’t hate them. He is one!’
The Colorado shooter’s motive remains unknown, Aldrich is facing five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of bias-motivated crime-causing bodily injury, more commonly known as hate crimes.
Many have questioned Aldrich’s non-binary identity, suggesting it might have been a ploy to evade the hate crime charges