US Representative Lauren Boebert has said she is tired of being blamed for the fatal shooting at a gay club in Colorado, as the left slams her anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.
The Colorado congresswoman blasted her critics in an interview with OAN, saying she had long been accused of influencing mass shooters since taking office.
“I’ve been accused of just about every mass shooting since the left learned my name,” Boebert said. ‘Whether it’s Uvalde, or the King Soopers shooting in Boulder, Colorado, or the Buffalo, New York shooting.
“Or even Paul Pelosi gets hammered,” she added, referring to the home invasion attack that hospitalized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband. “I was blamed for all of this.”
Nancy Pelosi had pinpointed blame on MAGA Republicans for the deadly Colorado shooting when Anderson Aldrich, 22, killed five and injured 19 during a drag show on the eve of Memorial Day transgender people.
Following the House Speaker’s sentencing, U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Brianna Titone named Boebert directly for his comments against transgender people, and the local Denver Post published a scathing op-ed about his hate speech.
Boebert, however, poked fun at the critics, saying, “All of this, this blame game has got to stop. I think the left is furious that I won my election and so they are trying to find something to sue me.
US Representative Lauren Boebert has slammed critics who have accused her of spouting anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, which they say has fueled violent attacks like the recent Colorado Springs shootings.
Among those who criticized Boebert were US Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Brianna Titone (above). Titone is a congressman from Colorado and the state’s first openly transgender lawmaker.
Boebert, a vocal Trump advocate who won a tight re-election race, has been marred by controversy over her repeated criticism of trans people and gender-affirming care.
The lawmaker had called US Undersecretary of Health Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, a “groomer” and referred to her by her former male name.
This is a practice referred to by transgender people as a “dead name”, which many consider offensive.
The LGBTQ community has faced a wave of threats and violence. In research recently published by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino, researchers found that reports of hate crimes against LGBTQ people in major cities increased by 51% in 2021.
Slamming his fellow Colorado congresswoman after the shooting, Titone, the state’s first openly transgender lawmaker, tweeted, “Thank you for the ‘thoughts and prayers’ but this does nothing to compensate for the damage you have directly caused. to incite this type of attacks against the LGBTQ+ community. You spread clichés and insults that have contributed to the hatred towards us.
“There is blood on your hands,” Titone wrote. “Just quit.”
In the aftermath, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: @laurenboebert you played a major role in elevating anti-LGBT+ hate rhetoric and anti-trans lies while spending your time in Congress even blocking laws most common sense on gun safety.
“You don’t get ‘thoughts and prayers’ to get through this. Look within and change.
Boebert scoffed at the criticism and said the left was only upset by his narrow re-election victory for Congress. She also said she would double down on her comments against transgender people, calling them “groomers”.
Pictured: A photo after the Nov. 20 shooting shows the face of Anderson Lee Aldrich after he was beaten and overpowered when they opened fire inside Colorado’s Club Q gay nightclub, killing five people and by hurting 19.
Boebert called the criticism of her “disgusting” and, in a Tuesday radio interview with KOA, doubled down on her comments against the transgender community, describing trans women “as men dressing up as caricatures of women.”
The congresswoman also questioned why the media focused on stories about her rather than the heroes who took down Aldrich or why the red flag laws weren’t triggered when the alleged shooter was arrested last week. last year.
“It’s unfortunate that people aren’t talking about the two heroes who risked their lives to stop this dastardly shooter and they aren’t talking about law enforcement either,” she told KOA. “Why was this red flag law not enforced?”
Boebert had notably opposed a federal version of her state’s Reg Flag law, which allows a court to temporarily seize a person’s firearms if they are deemed a danger to themselves or others.
One of the far-right’s earliest vocal critics of the shooting was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (pictured November 22)
“These incidents occurred against the backdrop of conservative media figures fearmongering against gay people,” MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes suggested.
NBC reporter Ben Collins reports on how fear was spreading at LGBTQ community events, including drag nights
Addressing the nation after the mass shooting, Speaker Pelosi blamed the transphobic rhetoric being spread by the far right.
“Today, and every day, let us offer comfort to our grieving loved ones, honor the memory of those who have been killed, and continue to fight to save lives from the evil forces of hate,” Pelosi said. “This fight remains more urgent than ever, as right-wing extremists target the most fundamental rights and freedoms of transgender Americans.
“Whether spouting dangerous rhetoric from cable news outlets or openly intimidating schoolchildren in the halls of power, MAGA Republicans are cruelly compromising the safety and well-being of our transgender community.”
A slew of media commentators, including MSNBC reporters, also blamed the far right.
“It’s a campaign led by members of Congress and conservative influencers on social media, as well as the right-wing’s favorite television network, Fox News,” said MSNBC political reporter Nicolle Wallace.
“You have anti-LGBTQ rhetoric spewed out of the most hours watched on Fox News during a regular clip against the US military, against gay men and women,” she continued.
It was a view echoed by MSNBC evening anchor Chris Hayes: “These incidents occurred against the backdrop of conservative media figures fearmongering against gay people,” he suggested.
Tucker Carlson used his monologue on his show to call out liberal TV reporters by name who had accused him and Fox News of stoking anti-LGBT sentiment
Pictured: A tribute set up for the five victims of the Colorado Springs shooting
Mourners showed their respect during the makeshift tribute near Club Q on Tuesday
Along with Boebert, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson condemned the criticism against him and the right, noting court documents alleged shooter Aldrich identified as non-binary and used them-them pronouns.
‘Do you remember [when you were told] Anderson Lee Aldrich, was inspired by the hatred of the non-binary community that he learned on this show,” Carlson asked his viewers.
‘Do you remember that? Well, actually, it turns out that we found out last night that Anderson Lee Aldrich is – drum roll, please – part of the non-binary community. He doesn’t hate them. He is a!’
The Colorado shooter’s motive remains unknown, Aldrich faces five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of bias-motivated felony causing bodily harm, more commonly known as hate crimes.
Many have questioned Aldrich’s non-binary identity, suggesting it may have been a ploy to evade hate crime charges
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