Lauren Boebert is not having a rootin’ tootin’ great week. She somehow one-upped her previously worst beer-associated tweet (crediting a quote by John Adams to Samuel Adams) with an almost impressive Bud Light self own, in which she completely veered past the actual ideologies and tragic experience of fallen U.S. soldier (and former NFL player) Pat Tillman. Boebert also saw her own constituents defy her warning about drag story times and go on to merrily hold a successful such event in her Colorado district.
Before both of these happened, though, Boebert tweeted about a civil rights icon in a not-a-good-look take that’s worth circling back for.
Boebert decided to tweet without citation about a recent Ohio incident involving a woman, who may have been mentally ill, getting into an altercation (as reported by TMZ) with a Target security guard and declaring that her grocery bill should be free as “reparations.” The incident grew violent, and the woman was arrested and hit with a fine.
For unknown reasons, Boebert relayed the news story as an anecdote and then tweeted, “Rosa Parks paid for her bus ticket, lady.”
A woman at an Ohio Target loaded up her cart with over $1,000 in groceries and once she got to the register began violently berating employees demanding reparations.
She said, “This is my Rosa Parks moment.”
Rosa Parks paid for her bus ticket, lady.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) April 16, 2023
So… a joke? No one really knows, and Boebert didn’t really explain the point that she was trying to make. Was she dropping vague praise for Rosa Parks, too? That shall remain a mystery, but the overall sentiment from respondents is that there was actually no point to her tweeting this. As incendiary as Boebert’s positions in Congress are, her detractors would still prefer that she use her time for congressional duties or, at least, tweet about something that is relevant to an issue tackled by Congress.
Now back to Congressional Policy and working for America maybe?
— Aloha Solace (@alohasolace) April 16, 2023
How does this help the people in your district, grandma?
— Renee (@rapidcleanings1) April 16, 2023
Of all the topics you could have tweeted about, this is what you choose. Of course you do.
— Professor B (@cynthiaboaz) April 16, 2023
This woman at an Ohio Target who loaded up her cart with $1000 worth of groceries affects our country HOW?
Will @JudiciaryGOP be opening an investigation into this shopper for her “Rosa Parks moment”?
Is that why you’ve posted this Ohio Target incident, Congresswoman Boebert?
— LinHoHi1 (@LinHoHi1) April 16, 2023
As well, it’s not fantastic for a lawmaker to come for the mentally ill or let the (alleged) racially charged remarks fly.
Why make fun of the mentally ill? I could tell many of the same stories of many different people. #TheIndoctrinatedCultOfStupidity Says a lot about you.
— Sean M. Byrd (@byrdyman) April 16, 2023
Couldn’t get through the day without a little good ol’ fashioned racism, could ya, BoBo?
Instead of tweeting, why don’t you get your son to the courthouse?
— Sunny “Burl” Daze (@Sunny_Burl_Daze) April 16, 2023
I’m really completely in awe that a member of Congress actually put that out there into the public sphere but you did. And worse, you did it in a way that is exactly as I would expect from you, racist and demeaning.
— Carly Lehwald (@CarlyELehwald) April 16, 2023
White supremacy alert!
Mee-maw wants you to remember that she hates people of color so here’s her hourly reminder.
— Chief of Gazpacho Police (@GuyHilllll) April 16, 2023
For people who claim not to be racist, you sure pick the most racist crap to say.
Congress should be so much better than a 9th grade “Mean Girls” club.
— Rev. Fionntonn ApCyrnu (Druid) (@FionntonnDruid) April 16, 2023
Your selection of anecdotes is a bit racist.
— Calvin K Holsclaw (@calvinkholsclaw) April 16, 2023
Cool story, nazi.
— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) April 16, 2023
The week is still young, as well. We may very well see another Boebert controversy, and as we speak, the Democratic candidate who nearly beat Boebert, Adam Frisch, has been a fundraising demon while generally running on the “Not Boebert” platform.