On January 6, 2021 (the day of the MAGA insurrection), rootin’ tootin’ Lauren Boebert woke up and tweeted, “Today is 1776.” That tweet somehow still exists.
Today is 1776.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 6, 2021
Although no one would ever accuse Boebert of knowing the particulars about the Revolutionary War (she once confused “Samuel” and John Adams and doesn’t give a flip about education), it’s clear that she was attempting to reference that specific period in U.S. history. And that tweet is a big reason why the Proud Boys indictment made people side-eye Boebert for her possible contribution to planning what happened that day.
Fast forward to Trump’s announcement that the FBI raided his beautiful Mar-a-Lago compound, and Boebert has already made her perspective known. She called this “Gestapo crap,” and following Attorney General Merrick Garland’s poker-faced declaration that he authorized the raid, Boebert is hopping mad.
The Rifle Republican is, naturally, tweeting up a storm with one standout remark. “AG Garland personally approved the raid on President Trump,” she typed before making a huge leap. “This is nothing short of a coup.”
AG Garland personally approved the raid on President Trump.
This is nothing short of a coup.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) August 11, 2022
In response, people quickly mentioned the “1776” tweet from yesteryear.
That wasn’t all. Boebert doesn’t understand (or she’s willfully ignoring) how Garland is not trying to seize power from Trump. He is no longer the president but a private citizen who shouldn’t have access to those boxes of classified documents that could even contain nuclear dirt. And furthermore, the feds only went in to recover these improperly placed (and some might say stolen) documents. So, people pushed back at Boebert while also telling her that the word “coup” doesn’t mean what she thinks that it means.
If you’re going by definition 1 then no, he’s a private citizen, NOT the government. Definition 2, it was for sure a successful move. I’m assuming that’s what you meant pic.twitter.com/B0eKihLRLp
— J Mom (@JMom27) August 12, 2022
#LaurenBoebertIsSoDumb she thinks apprehending and seizing classified documents is a “coup.” No darlin, it’s called, when someone STEALS classified documents from the government, it’s called STEALING CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT! God you really are stupid aren’t you?
— Tales & Typos (@kathrynresister) August 11, 2022
He’s not the President you moron.
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) August 12, 2022
Trump is a citizen, not the emperor.
— @𝕊𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕒𝕖_𝔾𝕚𝕣𝕝 (@SundaeDivine) August 11, 2022
I recommend that you have your staff look that word up and explain it to you.
— Steve Metz (@steven_metz) August 11, 2022
No… a coup attempt was on 1/6. Remember that thing you gave unauthorized tours for and broadcast the whereabouts of the Speaker of the House?
— Bill Johnson (@Bill43111) August 11, 2022
— Red (@Redpainter1) August 11, 2022
In other words, what Merrick Garland did is not “1776.”