On Sunday, Rolling Stone dropped an explosive report. Three sources — all Republican organizers, all cooperating with the bipartisan Jan. 6 committee — named names of those who’d been involved in rallies leading up to the Capitol siege. It was the usual suspects, including representatives such as Marjorie Taylor Green, Lauren Boebert, Mo Brooks, Madison Cawthorn, etc. At first, those implicated kept stum. Eventually Greene called BS. So did Brooks, who blamed his staff instead. Boebert did, too, but few, save her die-hards, are buying it.
While Greene denounced the report in an interview, Boebert went formal. She posted a lengthy, carefully worded statement denying the allegations.
“Let me be clear,” Boebert wrote, seemingly invoking one of former president Barack Obama’s most famous catchphrases. “I had no role in the panning or execution of any even that took place at the Capitol or anywhere in Washington, D.C. on January 6th.” She claimed she had “accepted an invitation to speak at one event but ultimately did not speak at any events on January 6th.”
She added, “Once again, the media is acting as a messaging tool for the radical left. The left falsely accused me of giving a reconnaissance tour. In reality, I was visiting the Capitol with my family.” She claimed Rolling Stone “was grasping at straws” by “using anonymous sources and shoddy reporting to attack me. Thank you, next.”
Like Greene, Boebert didn’t seem to understand how reporting works, especially concerning sensitive topics such as this. Not only is it commonplace to use anonymous sources when necessary, the report went out of its way to explain why they weren’t naming their names.
Besides, there were plenty of receipts pertaining to Boebert’s involvement. She was active on Twitter that day, tweeting out, “Today is 1776.” Later, after former president Trump’s supporters had breached the Capitol building, forcing all congresspeople and their staff to rush into hiding, she actually tweeted the locations of certain colleagues, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
New: House Republican Lauren Boebert says in carefully worded statement: “I had no role in the planning or execution of any event that took place at the Capitol or anywhere in Washington, DC on Jan. 6.”
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) October 25, 2021
As such, few were buying what Boebert claimed.
Lauren Boebert and carefully worded statement do not really belong in the same sentence https://t.co/MVCc3W4BR7
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) October 26, 2021
You got Lauren Boebert releasing a carefully worded overly dramatic statement denying her involvement in the January 6th terrorist attack, and now Mo Brooks throwing his staff under the bus and blaming them for his involvement. Is that the behavior of innocent people? pic.twitter.com/KlbR348zrs
— Scary Larry (@StompTheGOP) October 26, 2021
— Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) October 26, 2021
Shorter @laurenboebert: “… I had no role in the planning or execution … but supporting the actual conspiracy to overthrow the government by force? Yeah. That was me (& my GED)” https://t.co/fmnMRA7cWw
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) October 26, 2021
That is one overly crafted statement https://t.co/4lCl9WUaQF
— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) October 25, 2021
Still, maybe she is innocent to a degree. As one person pointed out, she doesn’t seem smart enough to mastermind an insurrection, even a failed one like the one on Jan. 6.
It’s not like anyone saw her as the mastermind. https://t.co/svbFRPTcmm
— Schooley (@Rschooley) October 25, 2021
Of course, Boebert may be invited to elaborate, should the committee subpoena her and others named in the report. And it doesn’t sound like ignoring it is going to work.