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[COMMENTARY] Boebert Asked a Group of Jewish Visitors to US Capitol If They Were Doing ‘Reconnaissance’

[COMMENTARY] Boebert Asked a Group of Jewish Visitors to US Capitol If They Were Doing ‘Reconnaissance’

Lauren Boebert fails again, trying to make a point about inclusivity.

[Writer’s note: I was raised Jewish but am non-practicing]

Anti-semitism has been on the rise in America ever since a certain Orange Buffoon descended a gold escalator and unleashed every bit of ugliness that was percolating just underneath the surface of our society. It’s still somehow accepted in certain circles, like when Mel Gibson gets hired in Hollywood despite his well-documented hatred of Jews, or when Marjorie Taylor Greene compares vaccines to the Holocaust, as she did once again this week even though she’s been taken on her own private tour of the Holocaust Museum.

At the same time, watching Trump and his minions has been a case study in groupthink and its by-products, gaslighting, projection, and propaganda. There’s no such thing as a Trumper who doesn’t say the quiet parts out loud on the regular, and while sometimes it doesn’t make sense at the moment (remember when Trump kept talking about Nancy Pelosi “being worried” that the “teeth will fall out of her head” and then like two days later, his teeth fell out of his mouth during a live TV appearance?) eventually, you get it. But other times, the screaming projection is a glaringly obvious thing, and when it’s paired with anti-semitism, you get Rep. Lauren Boebert (Q-CO).

UNITED STATES – JANUARY 4: Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., right, and Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., are seen during a group photo with freshmen members of the House Republican Conference on the House steps of the Capitol on Monday, January 4, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

You might remember Lauren “Squeaky” Boebert from her Islamophobic comments and lies about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), which were so bad, even MSNBC was all, “Okay, that’s even worse than a Trump thing.” Ol’ Squeaky is an equal opportunity offender, especially when elevators are involved apparently, so her tiny brain couldn’t comprehend a tour of people going around the Capitol without it having some nefarious reason behind it. Boebert saw a group on Thursday wearing yarmulkes and that must have given her warm fuzzy flashbacks to last January.

Members of the group, which was meeting with Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY), were wearing yarmulkes, and the person coordinating the group is Orthodox, with a traditional beard. One witness said the group, along with other members of Congress, was waiting for an elevator. When the doors opened, Boebert stepped out of the elevator and looked at the group of visitors “from head to toe,” the witness said. Boebert then asked if they were there to conduct “reconnaissance.” Rep. Suozzi brought the group to the US Capitol to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the end of the Iran hostage crisis. Members of the group have been backing Suozzi’s efforts to recognize the hostages with a Congressional Gold Medal. And then Squeaky shows up and discredits their humanity, right on cue.

 

Like, projection much, Ms. “The Speaker Has Left the Chamber”? I wonder where she got such a silly idea that a group walking around the Capitol in January was up to no good.

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Buzzfeed spoke with a member of the group, who were all like, “Did that just happen?” And they even got Boebert to respond to them, which is more than I can say (I did get her to unblock me on Twitter from her personal account, though, so I know she knows). Here’s how Squeaky tried to spin it:

Boebert told BuzzFeed News that she was referencing the many comments that have been directed at her from Democrats about Capitol tours prior to the Jan. 6 attack, adding that some people present “got it.”

“I saw a large group and made a joke. Sadly when Democrats see the same they demonize my family for a year straight,” she said in a text. “I’m too short to see anyone’s yarmulkes,” she added.

I’m five feet tall and I can see anyone’s yarmulke, but I guess Squeaky is just a different kind of short than I am or something.

I make a lot of joke at Boebert’s expense, but there’s nothing funny about overt anti-Semitism in our Congress or anywhere else, and it’s our responsibility to call it out when we see it.

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