EDITORIAL: Boebert, Lamborn and other Trump insurgent abettors should resign

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U.S. Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

There is no superlative that can accurately summarize yesterday’s failed coup by pro-Trump zealots who seized the U.S. Capitol.

And there are no excuses.

The well-advertised plans for insurrection — incited and invited by President Trump and more than 100 members of Congress — cannot be passed off as just another day in the life of Trump’s America.

For weeks, a gang of nefarious Republicans have perpetrated a massive and repeatedly debunked lie on Americans, working to sow doubt about the integrity of the Nov. 3 election.

It worked.

Because of the repeated, baseless lies pumped into a Trump-media feedback loop for the last two months, millions of ignorant, inattentive or delusional Americans truly began to question the integrity of the election.

There is no evidence of any massive fraud, anywhere. That powerful and final conclusion came from thousands of election officials, investigators, court judges and analysts from across the political spectrum, and from across the entire nation.

The push to “investigate” potential fraud in “good faith” on the House and Senate floors of Congress has long been the fuel behind the incendiary behavior of Trump extremists. Those complicit members of Congress who have stood silent to the lies or actively participated in this gas-lighting are now culpable.

Yesterday, after weeks of pumping Trump’s provable election-fraud deception into the Twitterverse, newly elected Colorado GOP Congressperson Lauren Boebert started America’s dark day by telling her twitter followers, “It’s 1776.” She was parroting the morning chant among Trump cult members just blocks from the Capitol. For weeks, she’s passionately repeated Trump’s vile gas-lighting about how the election was stolen from righteous Trump voters, and that she would work to undermine voters and the presidential election to install a dictator in the White House.

Hours later, she tweeted to her followers that she, like hundreds of others, had been ushered to safety as pro-Trump insurgents broke into the Capitol and ravaged the building, yelling, “Where are you?”

Boebert, like Trump, incited lunatic Trump fanatics with talk of “revolution” and taking back the nation from its rightful next president and the voters who elected him.

Likewise, veteran Colorado GOP Congressman Doug Lamborn has for weeks flirted with debunked voter-fraud quackery, at one point directing his Twitter followers to a shrill Trump Facebook post, where the president strung together dozens of provable, incendiary lies and accusations about the election.

He, too, joined the lists of Republicans who knowingly pushed their concocted claims into Congress yesterday, pretending that election integrity was the focus of their action. In reality, yesterday’s debates were about pandering to an armed and dangerous Trump cult or satisfying their own craven needs for attention.

Both should immediately resign their seats for having knowingly participated in yesterday’s gruesome failed coup. If their excuse was ignorance, that, “who knew such a thing could happen,” either would be too dimwitted to hold such important offices. If they persist in believing their pursuit against election fraud is valiant, they are too corrupt to be members of this nor any government.

Even Colorado GOP Congressman Ken Buck, whose partisan rhetoric has for years been underhanded, cruel and quixotic, had the temerity, the wisdom and the integrity to draw the line at joining ranks with other Congressional insurrectionists. He and others, such as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, made clear the demands of Trump loyalists in Congress were nothing like past Electoral College objections, working to make a point. Buck and others warned Boebert, Lamborn and others that Trump’s cult was too far gone and too dangerous to perpetuate the president’s false, stolen-election narrative.

He was dead right.

One woman died during the attack. Dozens of Capitol police were injured. Heroes like Aurora Congressman Jason Crow were forced to rise to the occasion to help comfort and protect their colleagues as Trump insurrectionists combed the Capitol during the attempted coup. 

Hollowly, both Boebert and Lamborn took to their social media accounts after the fact to condemn the very insurrection and violence they enticed and abetted.

Both of these Colorado representatives pandered to hundreds of mentally ill and corrupt extremists who are inflamed by Trump’s constant glorification of anarchy, racism and xenophobia. 

There is no rightful place in the People’s House for those who represent the whims of a gruesome dictator and the throngs of mentally unstable insurgents willing to commit treason and do his bidding. 

Both should resign today and turn their seats over to proponents of decency and democracy, not the demagoguery that defines the flailing tyrant they pander to.

As for Trump, a cabinet filled with minions too cowardly to keep any meaningful check on the president’s sniveling lies and corruption will never show the courage to invoke the 25th Amendment and rightfully and responsibly remove Trump from office immediately. 

The best Americans can hope for is to keep Trump amused, distracted or deluded for a few more days until he is carted away from the White House for the last time in his life and ours. 

The blood stain Trump leaves on this nation is indelible. The road to redemption will take unprecedented integrity, honesty and prudence from determined and deserving members of Congress. Since Lamborn and Boebert have shown they have none of those qualities, they must be moved aside so America can begin some of the most important work to be done in the nation’s history. 

 

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ohgee
ohgee
3 months ago

This was nothing short of violent, criminal insurrection urged on by the con man currently occupying the White House, his personal attorney, Giuliani, his sons, and many treasonous, enabling, Republican elected officials. It must be punished! He and they must be removed from office NOW! We are not a third world dictatorship where authoritarian leaders, like those Mr. t. so admires and envies, take control by use of force. If he is not immediately punished and made ineligible for future public office through impeachment by both Houses, he will urge his cult followers to burn our Country down. The narcissistic bully will extract his revenge as he always does. His weak ego cannot tolerate being a “loser”, though that is the very word that has always described him in every endeavor, except hoodwinking less than half the voting population of our nation. Once.

Shame on every colluding, seditious Republican elected official, who turned a blind eye, stuck their fingers in their ears, and continued to enbolden the traitor-in-chief by not stopping his criminal, unconstitutional activities at every turn. He, and they, are destroying and will continue to ravage our once strong Democratic republic if we don’t stop them. The only election travesties are the rampant and extreme voter suppression tactics perpetrated by Republican-ruled states which constantly enact more restrictive rules to disenfranchise people of color and make it much difficult for them to vote. Stop the lies. Stop the Liar! The future of our Country depends on it.

Edna Miller
Edna Miller
3 months ago

I applaud the Sentinel for publishing this clear and courageous indictment of Boebert and Lamborn, and fully agree that the two should remove themselves from office–as well as the 100 plus other congresspeople who incited this insurrection.

Christina
Christina
3 months ago

Boebert will not resign and therefore, she should be recalled. Her 2nd Amendment rhetoric was exposed yesterday for the empty pandering that it is. She’s a whimpering and cowardly excuse for a revolutionary, calling for action until the vandals are at the gates, at which point she hides behind closed doors with the serious men and women who have gone to Washington to do the peoples’ work. She’s a sycophant, a hypocrite, and a dupe. She must be removed along with that over-privileged, under-endowed, sorry excuse of a man who currently holds the office of President.

Rick Stelter
Rick Stelter
3 months ago

Bravo! About time we took down these cosplayer “patriots” that are trying to bring our nation down and turn us into a third world country. They have succeeded in turning us into a banana republic and the laughingstock of the world.
Make no bones about it, they are traitors and are responsible for yesterday’s debacle and the deaths. Unseat them and prosecute them for treason!

Lita Bilotti
Lita Bilotti
3 months ago

Boebert needs to go away, somewhere far from DC. She just has her own agenda. She doesn’t care about the citizens of Colorado. She ran her campaign on guns and sex.

Wendle Whiting
Wendle Whiting
3 months ago

Colorado law currently doesn’t allow recall of federal level elected officials. We should change this with the Boebert Lamborn Recall Act in the State Legislature.

Jack Gardner
Jack Gardner
3 months ago

Start the recall.

dave sathre
dave sathre
3 months ago

CONCUR. Lamborn should resign immediately. Colorado has NO BUSINESS getting involved in other state’s politics or business. Our representative to congress should worry Colorado’s needs.

GeneD
GeneD
3 months ago

Sedition or treason, take your pick for these two terrorism enablers and the other spineless opportunists who went along in the House and Senate with provoking these MAGAmaniacs. At the least they need to be sanctioned, according to Congressional rules.

Joe Hardhat
Joe Hardhat
3 months ago

How about recalling some leftist Aurora city council members for aiding and abetting the BLM destruction of public property at the Aurora municipal center.

Gened
Gened
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe Hardhat

Joe, if you honestly see these events as equivalent, you are beyond logical thought.

Bsaq
Bsaq
2 months ago
Reply to  Gened

Nah hes right, you are all hypocrites

Mick Logic
Mick Logic
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe Hardhat

Joe, if you cannot see the difference, please stop speaking or writing, find someone smarter than yourself, and allow them to make all important decisions for you. You are obviously incapable of rational thought.

Lo Davis
Lo Davis
3 months ago

Kudos to you for calling this out.
And where were these two gun-toting, big-mouthed, mindless traitors when their insurrectionist hit the rotunda? Were they hiding & running, or were they helping a true patriot, Jason Crow get others to safety? Yeah, what I thought. Just like all the other mouthy “I got muh gun”, ‘Merica! little rats running for the corners.

I agree with others here, the very act of trying to overthrow the democratic elections of other states shows them to be unfit to sit in congress, nevermind the month of fomenting insurrection. Recall them now!
But let me tell you how I really feel…