Republican Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert on Thursday slammed Democratic lawmakers for being preoccupied with her gun display during a Zoom meeting that day instead of focusing on “having a productive debate.”
During the Thursday morning meeting, Democratic California Rep. Jared Huffman accused Boebert of having a “gun fetish” in response to at least four firearms prominently displayed on the bookcase behind her.
Boebert said she displayed the guns in response to the House Committee on Natural Resources trying to prohibit guns in the “hearing room.”
“If somebody wants to have a shrine to their gun fetish as a Zoom backdrop in their private life they can do that,” Huffman said. “But this is our ‘hearing room,’ and at some point we will get past the COVID epidemic, and we’ll all start showing up in person, and our safety and our ability to conduct business civilly without feeling threatened is a relevant consideration, unfortunately.”
“We all took an oath to uphold and secure the Constitution, every single one of us,” Boebert responded. “Our first act as members of Congress was to take our oath of office, and please allow me to remind you a portion of that oath, the chair and every other member here solemnly swore that we would support and defend the Constitution of the United States…The Second Amendment is very much a part of the Constitution of the United States.”
“This is an enumerated right that American citizens have,” Boebert said.
Democratic California Rep. Katie Porter also criticized Boebert’s display after the conference, tweeting: “I always thought my dirty dishes piled up and accumulating bacteria were the most dangerous thing in a Zoom background.”
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) February 18, 2021
“It’s kind of alarming that she has so many dishes in her sink collecting bacteria,” Boebert responded. “Do your dishes, Hon.”
After the meeting, Huffman took to Twitter to criticize Boebert again.
My new colleague. She supported/rooted for Team Violent Sedition on Jan 6th right up until people started dying. Now she takes great umbrage (and will do lots of fundraising) over a rule that prevents her from bringing her guns into our committee room. Can’t make this stuff up. https://t.co/saxoh3EsV3
— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) February 18, 2021
In an appearance on “Fox News @ Night” later on Thursday, Boebert slammed her Democratic detractors, claiming their “disdain for the Constitution was on full display.”
“Rather than having a productive debate about policy … Democrats were too busy mocking the Constitution and disrespecting the everyday Americans that I was elected to represent,” Boebert told Fox News’ Mike Emanuel.
“This was my first committee hearing and the chairman couldn’t stop attacking, degrading, and insulting committee members,” she said. “I am busy fighting against the left’s real fetish for power and stripping Americans of their constitutional rights.”
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