Boebert Faces Backlash For Tweeting ‘Unbelievably Ignorant’ COVID Misinformation
Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (Q-CO) on Wednesday deleted a tweet in which she downplayed the threat posed by the Delta variant of the Coronavirus.
“The easiest way to make the Delta variant go away is to turn off CNN. And vote Republican,” the QAnon-loving Rep tweeted. She was met with immediate backlash for once again tweeting misinformation and propaganda.
The Delta variant was first detected in India, where it began circulating around April. It is now present to varying degrees in at least 85 countries, according to the World Health Organization, and responsible for a 10% increase in COVID cases nationwide in the United States.
The Delta variant is now responsible for about one in every four coronavirus infections in the U.S., according to CDC estimates. Here’s what scientists know (and what you should, too). https://t.co/CyfJUN507c pic.twitter.com/5j68aEqOZ9
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 1, 2021
In Europe, the Delta variant initially gained a foothold in the United Kingdom, where it quickly outpaced the previous variant of concern Alpha, and now comprises 95 percent of all sequenced cases in England. Delta is thought to be some 40 to 60 percent more contagious than Alpha, which itself is more contagious than the strain responsible for the first wave of COVID-19.
Wrong. The real tragedy with COVID was that people were so afraid to change how they live, that they died. pic.twitter.com/ZVl1ttEr0E
— Hil.i.am (@hilaryluros) June 16, 2021
Health officials identified the first Colorado case of the Delta variant on May 5 in Mesa County, which is part of the congressional district represented by Boebert. Despite the spread, a three-day country music festival in her district still took place and was identified as a potential superspreader event.
Lauren Boebert proves once again that stupidity has a champion in Colorado. https://t.co/yuxdppebx8
— Rep. Steven Woodrow (@WoodrowForCO) June 30, 2021
Boebert ended up deleting her tweet about the Delta variant after she starting receiving backlash over her statement.
Pure magical thinking. The Enlightenment was fun while it lasted. https://t.co/Gkfqq8fCgt
— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) June 30, 2021
Meanwhile, the House Ethics Committee investigation into Boebert’s behavior on January 6th has been dropped.
Just days after the January 6th insurrection, Boebert refused to comply with tightened security at the Capitol, refused to allow security to search her bag after setting off a metal detector. “We already see in Washington, D.C., you can’t petition your government,” she told a Republican Party meeting in Montrose in March. “You’re an insurrectionist if you do that.” Boebert’s actions during the insurrection so irked her communications manager, Ben Goldey, that he quit after less than two weeks on the job, stating that he didn’t agree with how she’d handled events that day. Boebert’s teenage intern also resigned.
BREAKING ON CNN: Congresswoman Jayapal is requesting an investigation into GOP members @LaurenBoebert, @DrPaulGosar and @MoBrooks by the House Ethics Committee and the Office of Congressional Ethics for “instigating and aiding" the January 6 Capitol riot. https://t.co/OgVqDu6L3S
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 10, 2021
The ethics complaint against Boebert had been filed in March by Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington who also filed complaints against representatives Mo Brooks of Alabama and Paul Gosar of Arizona. The committee considered passing the complaint to an investigative subcommittee, but that motion failed to pass, and on June 11th the committee informed the reps that the complaint had been dropped. But Jayapal had also submitted a complaint to the Office of Congressional Ethics, where it’s now under consideration.
Why is Matt Gaetz still on the Judiciary Committee?
Why is Lauren Boebert still in office after tweeting Pelosi's location during the insurrection?
Why has the House Ethics Committee declined to investigate whether Paul Gosar helped incite 1/6?
WHY IS THERE NO ACCOUNTABILITY?
— blu2021 (@blu20211) June 16, 2021
Boebert famously tweeted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s whereabouts during the siege on the Capitol and was also spotted giving her mother and others a tour of the building on January 5th, something other members of Congress had taken note at the time as being unusual.