WWJD? Lauren Boebert Blasted For Tweet Attributing Her Biases To Christ, Promoting Insurrection
WWJD, standing for What Would Jesus Do, hit a popularity boom in the 1990s, appearing on bracelets and other Sunday School merch. Three decades later, Representative Lauren Boebert appropriated it to support her views and biases, and Twitter users aren’t letting her get away with it.
A meme that’s made the rounds over the past years suggests that when asking what Jesus would do, one should remember that overturning tables isn’t out of the question. This refers to a specific Bible story, when He kicked money changers out of the Temple, saying that they had made his house into a den of thieves. In meme form, it’s a reminder that just because Jesus is portrayed as a bringer of peace, doesn’t mean he wouldn’t stand up to those doing harm in his name, or using religion for profit.
However, when Boebert tweeted it, nobody seemed to think she was supporting the view of Jesus as a driver of social justice. Instead, she was blasted for thinking she could speak for Christ, and a lot of voters chimed in to let her know they see her as exactly the kind of person Jesus would toss out if he paid Congress a visit.
Remember, overturning tables and driving wicked people out is an acceptable answer.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) March 16, 2021
She was reminded of a long list of allegations made against herself and her husband, including his 2004 arrest for indecent exposure, and her actions during the Capitol insurrection attempt, as well as Jesus’ views (and how they contrast with hers) on refugees, and caring for others.
WWJD if a man pulls his penis out in front of children in a bowling alley .. WWJD if a congressman tells where a hunted womens location is ??? WWJD if a women cheats on mileage to steal money LET ME KNOW
— linda bates (@linbat555) March 16, 2021
WWJD? Definitely keep a pile of guns on a bookshelf in his house. And encourage us to put a 50-foot wall around our country to keep out desperate people.
— COsnowman (@angryCOsnowman) March 16, 2021
Jesus says we will be judged by the way we treat the least of us. Now think about the border
— America is great (@SandyInPlover) March 16, 2021
For when I was hungry you voted down COVID relief. When I was thirsty you insisted on uranium mining near our rivers and ground water. When immigrants sought refuge from fear and tyranny, we turned them around and told them to go back where they came from.
— Nobody Owens 🏳️🌈♿ (@HooligansfromCO) March 16, 2021
Oh, so now Jesus says violent insurrection is okay? Got it. The GOP's transformation to ISIS is almost complete.
— John Mountjoy (@JohnJMountjoy) March 16, 2021
No one who practices deceit
shall dwell in my house;
no one who utters lies
shall continue before my eyes.
— Frank Amari (@FrankAmari2) March 16, 2021
Many respondents chimed in to make sure Boebert knew that they felt Jesus would not approve of her (and most Republicans’) behavior.
Reminder: it was after the events in the temple that temple elites demanded Jesus be arrested and executed.
What would the GOP do today if Jesus showed up and busted their game?
— Mike 😷 Hamm (@mike_hamm) March 16, 2021
Jesus was a socialist. And he was brown. You would hate him.
— JL refuses to cooperate (@southernslander) March 16, 2021
YOU and your ilk are precisely what he was protesting. pic.twitter.com/sZULIV9EBK
— Sage Petoskey (@sagepetoskey) March 16, 2021
Though the tweet was vague, many read it as being specifically supportive of the insurrection attempt in January, and called her out for it.
Is this some lame way to equate Jesus to the Capitol Riots?
— Sean Wallace (@author_Wallace) March 16, 2021
Laur, what about a violent insurrection? Is that acceptable? Beating police officers with fire extinguishers and hockey sticks? Threatening to hang the former VP? Are these acceptable answers??
— JewwithLaser 🔯🌊🚀🛰🔯 (@jewwithlaser) March 16, 2021
Justifying the insurrection in Jesus’ name is blasphemous 😡
— Susan (@SusanBerta) March 16, 2021
Boebert did not respond to the criticism.