Colorado Shooting Lauren Boebert: Following Saturday’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado, The Denver Post has criticized Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and other extremists across the country for continuing the “rhetoric that fuels fear and hate” against LGBTQ people.
“We are weary of writing versions of the same editorial over and over again,” the newspaper’s editorial board wrote days after a gunman killed five people and injured at least 18 others at Club Q in Colorado Springs. “Thoughts and prayers do not end gun violence. Words matter. Hateful, intolerant speech has no place in public discourse.”
While the “gunman is responsible for firing those bullets,” the Post wrote, “there are those among us who fed a narrative of hate and intolerance, failing to understand or care where those words can lead.”
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She tweeted that the shooting was “absolutely awful” and that the “victims & their families are in my prayers,” according to the paper, which regularly criticizes Boebert. Given her glorification of firearms and bigotry toward the LGBTQ community, her message did not receive well.
The news out of Colorado Springs is absolutely awful.
This morning the victims & their families are in my prayers.
This lawless violence needs to end and end quickly.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) November 20, 2022
Robert has frequently contributed to the false right-wing narrative that allowing trans youth to receive gender-affirming care and educating children about gender identity is “grooming” and sexualizing them. He has also expressed outrage at kid-friendly drag shows. In response to criticism for her introductory remarks following the shooting on Saturday, she defended herself by asserting: “I have never had bad rhetoric towards anyone and their personal preference as an adult. What I’ve criticized is the sexualization of our children. And I’ve criticized men dressing up as caricatures of women.”
“Boebert was rightly excoriated for her role in elevating hateful speech against the LGBTQ community,” the Post wrote. “As a bonus, her hard-line positions on gun control, ruling out even common sense measures, mean she would not have supported any efforts that might have kept guns out of this shooter’s possession.”
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After The Colorado Shooting, Chasten Buttigieg Instructs Boebert to “Get off Twitter”
The husband of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Chasten Buttigieg, reportedly warned Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) to “Get off Twitter” after accusing her of inciting hatred that resulted in Saturday’s horrific shooting in Colorado.
A shooter, thought to be 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, opened fire at a gay bar in Colorado Springs on Saturday night, leaving five people dead and at least 25 injured.
Soon after the news of the shooting in her home state came, Boebert acknowledged it and urged a stop to the bloodshed.
“The news out of Colorado Springs is awful,” she tweeted on Sunday morning. “This morning, the victims & their families are in my prayers. This lawless violence needs to end and end quickly.”
Chasten Buttigieg responded with a tweet, “You encourage this type of hatred. Get off Twitter and start looking inward.”
Buttigieg connected the GOP to violent speech against the LGBTQ community in a subsequent tweet.
“Republicans continue to run on and spread anti-LGBTQ ideology and hatred while refusing to lift a finger on gun violence. This is preventable, but only if they start seeing LGBTQ people as equals and themselves as leaders,” he wrote.
The first openly LGBTQ+ immigrant elected to Congress, Rep.-elect Robert Garcia (D-Calif.), joined other Democrats in criticizing Boebert for his hypocrisy.
“I am furious that members of Congress like Boebert have the f—ing audacity to say anything when they spread this hate constantly,” he tweeted.