EDITORIAL: Republicans won’t contain Rep. Boebert’s racism and obsessions — Americans must do it

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Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2021, to complain about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., masking policies, and other topics. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A principled, rational person would never do and say the things Congressperson Lauren Boebert has done and said and would contritely yield to calls to resign after being called out for her hostile stunts and transgressions.

Boebert is neither a principled nor a rational person.

From the moment Boebert launched her Republican political career on the steps of Aurora’s city hall during a 2019 rally for then presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, she has proved herself to be a dubious and corrupt devotee to those obsessed with Donald Trump, gun rights, conspiracy theories, and phobias of science and academics. She is regularly publicly thrilled by performing her racist and homophobic tropes.

Boebert, hardly for the first time, has again reeled in public infamy for her recent performance at a small political rally. In a widely circulated video on Twitter, posted by Patriot Takes, she excitedly recounts what appears to be, at best, an exaggerated few moments in a Capitol elevator “recently.”

The target of her racist rant, Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, said Boebert’s entire libretto was invented.

Performing for an enthusiastic rally audience of supporters with all the skill she musters regularly during her clumsy orations on the floor of the U.S. House, Boebert said she was inside a Capitol elevator recently when the event occurred. She said she saw a Capitol security officer racing toward the closing elevator door, apparently “fretting” and panicked for reasons unknown to her.

Boebert relays, in the video, that she was unnerved as the doors closed, unclear what the danger might have been. She said she then looked to her left, “and there she was.”

Boebert said Omar was also in the elevator, inferring her presence in the elevator was the source of panic by the Capitol police officer.

Boebert then said that she looked at Omar and determined since “she doesn’t have a backpack, I guess we’re alright,” intimating Omar could be a suicide bomber because she is a Somali American and a Muslim.

Pathetically, the crowd laughs at her racist attempt at stand-up comedy. She is the antithesis of a responsible representative of Colorado in the U.S House of Representatives.

She finishes slurring Omar by piggybacking on Donald Trump’s equally vulgar and racist trope about Omar and other Muslims and minorities in Congress.

“And I said, ‘Oh look, the jihad squad decided to show up for work today,’” Boebert said, finishing her routine.

She refers, erroneously, to ‘jihad’ as being connected only to terrorist like behavior. The slur mistakes the holy term that comes from the Arabic word for “striving.” It is any cause taken up in the name of the Judeo-Muslim-Christian god for the good of the any person or group. On a personal level, it’s sometimes compared to Christian Lent, focusing on improving ethical and spiritual behaviors.  

This was hardly Boebert’s first foray into anti-Muslim remarks made publicly and far from the only target of her bigotry.

Since she grabbed the public microphone as a candidate for Congress, she’s attacked all types of immigrants, gay and lesbian citizens, transgender citizens and even members of her own Republican Party who don’t toe the bizarre and dangerous line of pro-insurrectionists like Donald Trump.

Her anti-Muslim rhetoric endangers the lives of Muslims and other immigrants in Aurora and across the nation, seeking to normalize and embed dangerous tropes, making these Americans seem as “others.”

Boebert increasingly either produces these contrived “comedy” routines or performs on select TV programs, targeting people like U.S. Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg. Boebert attacked Buttigieg, who is openly gay, after he and his husband recent adopted two infants. She disparaged him for taking family leave to try and figure out how to “chest feed” his new babies.

Besides her internal social media productions and routines, she sometimes appears now on the TV shows of other right-wing extremists on propaganda networks like OAN, FoxNews and Newsmax.

Each time she is called out for her outrageous and often fumbling performances, she’s emboldened to do more, leveraging the public outrage to lure donations from her own brand of followers across the nation.

Rather than working to represent the real and critical needs of her constituents from western and southern Colorado, Boebert focuses on promoting nearly every insulting meme and claim made by a small but relentless group of Americans drowning in a sea of white supremacy, chaos, un-enlightenment, bigotry and firearm obsession.

Novel to this incidence of racism and outrage was that she issued a tepid apology on the less-read of her two Twitter accounts.

“I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar,” Boebert said on her congressional Twitter account. “I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly. There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction.”

Boebert’s constant pandering to Trump cult members is the endless distraction to the nation’s very real crises. Boebert, and those like her, are a growing part of the problem in the country and incapable of taking part in any work toward solutions.

We would be as naive as many of her followers to think she would resign now in deserved shame for this recent and past racist attacks.

Until voters in her district can next year reject Boebert, and her relentless attempt to normalize racism, intolerance and deceit, Americans can only hope her Trump-hobbled Republican Party will keep her, and others like her, in check.

Given the recent Republican defense of similar societal felons such as GOP representatives Marjorie Greene, Matt Gaetz and Paul Gosar, we hold out little hope. Cowering in fear from the Trumpists that Republicans have handed control of their party to, they are silent to Boebert’s atrocities, just like those of Trump himself.

Instead, the nation must depend on Colorado residents and others aghast at Boebert’s abuse of her seat in congress, minorities, and those who loathe her malevolent mission and message, to remain as vocal as she is.

Speak up, everyone. The nation’s indifference to Boebert and those like her is equally as dangerous as she is to millions of Americans, and to our democracy itself.

 

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Dylan
Dylan
1 month ago

Although the lefts hate and racism goes unchecked. Well done sentinel!

Logic
Logic
1 month ago
Reply to  Dylan

Ohh nice retort, Are you 4 or 5 years old! Whats next my daddy is tougher than your daddy? The point is she is vile and doing nothing for our State.

Marcus
Marcus
1 month ago
Reply to  Dylan

…and that’s called deflection.. As in a missile of intelligence was coming right at you, and you tried to deflect it with your Magical Shield of Stupidity. And failed!

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

But the sentinel gives the left s free pass for their antisemitism!

GeneD
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Evidence?

Logic
Logic
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Ohh so its okay to be hateful trash as long as someone else is doing the same?

Marcus
Marcus
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike\Dylan\Ivan. All the same. Stupid comments

Rhonda
Rhonda
1 month ago

Boebert is a vile and ugly human. I’m not sure what this Country can do to keep people like her out of our Government, but we sure need to figure it out. Her party needs to tamp this bigotry and racism down.

DICK MOORE
1 month ago
Reply to  Rhonda

But then on the other hand:

Rep. Omar is a vile and ugly human. I’m not sure what this Country can do to keep people like her, The Squad, out of our Government, but we sure need to figure it out. Her party needs to tamp this anti-USA government and anti-semitism down.

Larry Tittus
Larry Tittus
1 month ago
Reply to  DICK MOORE

wow Dickie – so clever

Steve
Steve
1 month ago
Reply to  DICK MOORE

Because having an opinion on middle eastern politics is the same as accusing Jews of firing space lasers. Come on man.

Marcus
Marcus
1 month ago
Reply to  DICK MOORE

I never heard Omar say one mean thing. You did on your first comment.

Russ
Russ
1 month ago

I was a Republican for decades. I did not quit the Republican Party. The Republican Party quit me. Good riddance to intolerant trash.

J Floyd
J Floyd
1 month ago
Reply to  Russ

Expect more likes of you voted out in 1 year. We going to continue to send a clear message. No more democrat blue crap.

GeneD
1 month ago
Reply to  J Floyd

Who’s carrying that message, J? Desantis? Abbott? Gosar? Cruz? McCarthy? Taylor Greene? Gaetz? Paul? Are these the kind of people that you want to be associated with? You lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas?

Logic
Logic
1 month ago

Bobert is really fighting for the next opinion news spot on Fox!

Papa Bear
Papa Bear
1 month ago

This idiot represents Aurora?? I always thought of Aurora as being pretty diversified, who elected this stooge? Why the people of Colorado of course! So… I believe this piece will be falling on deaf ears… 🙄

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
1 month ago
Reply to  Papa Bear

No, she doesn’t. She’s the rep for the 3rd District. Perry’s frantically waving his hands and shrieking “somebody do something!” over a Congressional district that he has no control or say over whatsoever, because he and his fellow Front Range media goofs are absolutely obsessed with her.

What Perry, in his relentless urbanite provincialism, consistently fails to understand is that Boebert’s place in office is an FU by the Western Slope to the Calhoun behavioral sink of potheads, tech goons, hippie burnouts, LGBTQ lawfare mafia, neoyuppies, and Denver media that make up most of the Front Range these days. It’s a deliberate middle finger to Perry’s and his allies’ prissy, arch, scolding, entitled hyperpartisanism.

Marcus
Marcus
1 month ago

Wow, That was impressive. Wrong on every count, but wow.

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
1 month ago
Reply to  Marcus

Speaking from experience?

Factory Working Orphan
Factory Working Orphan
1 month ago

Boebert, and those like her, are a growing part of the problem in the country and incapable of taking part in any work toward solutions.”

The standard lament of the left-liberal iconoclast who gets agitated when they can’t dictate the outcomes they wish.

You should probably spend more time impotently trying to figure out why Aurora’s degenerating into a dysfunctional basketcase of a city, and less time bellyaching over a Representative on the other side of the state whose residents you largely despise, anyway.

NIck Campbell
NIck Campbell
1 month ago

Why don’t we change things up and let Boebert and Omar work out their indifference on their own. The media is the problem. The media is trying to spin things so that woke culture will cancel the Republican because everyone knows the Sentinel is a Democrat puppet to put it nicely. I wasn’t aware that we elected people because they’re Muslim or Jewish or black or white etc..

Marcus
Marcus
1 month ago
Reply to  NIck Campbell

Boebert has no idea how to fight. She’s a protected white girl with big boobs. She’s never had to work for anything in her pitiful ignorant life.

NIck Campbell
NIck Campbell
1 month ago
Reply to  Marcus

You sound like you know her pretty intimately, are you one of those legislative groupies? Is there a Boebert poster on the underside of your little brother’s upper bunk bed? Back to the issue, Omar doesn’t need to fight if the media riles up the Muslim communities across the country like the Sentinel is now.

Avoiding Racist Harrassment
Avoiding Racist Harrassment
1 month ago

It is pathetic that grown people defend and praise LB’s abhorrent behavior. This childish, nasty, “what about …” thinking pattern is the worst this country has to offer. It is unfortunate for the 3/4 of us who are sane adults that these bully blowhards have been set loose from their cages by TFG.

LB and TFG supporters have nothing to offer. Nothing. Just ignorant viciousness and keyboard foolishness. They need to be called out lest our society become numb to this abject hatred and laziness.

GeneD
1 month ago

Initials? Please spell out for those of us not social media consumers.

Jimi
Jimi
1 month ago

Sorry my liberal friends but IMHO, Bobert is here because she’s not some sort of outlier. Bobert is a mainstream conservative. I was a conservative back in the 90s and have watched as conservatives fought each other to be the furthest to the right and it’s pushed the GOP/conservatives to where they are today; a group that is no longer willing to condemn white supremist. And the left is no better. I remember a day when CNN was actually a news channel, not a left wing propaganda channel.

As I see it the question isn’t how to get Bobert out of office (which will just land her a popular TV or Radio show anyway). The question is how do we prevent more Boberts from winning congressional seats? How do we get the political system back to catering to the center rather than catering to the extremes? Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer, but I’m pretty sure those are the right questions to be asking.

Mike C.
Mike C.
1 month ago

Moronic racists can only be voted in by moronic racists. Maybe Boebert is the appropriate representative of the 3rd district. The voters there seem to think so.