After ousting U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), Colorado congressional candidate Lauren Boebert capped her first week of campaigning with an event featuring Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner.
The Colorado Republican Party tweeted photos of the gathering last night, along with the comment, “Great to be in Mesa County today with Cory Gardner and Lauren Boebert. Colorado Republicans are united and excited to win in November.”
The photos show Gardner talking to a maskless Boebert who’s wearing a gun on her hop. Gardner has no gun. No other guns were visible in the photos.
It appears that fewer than half the people surrounding the two Republican candidates were wearing masks. Gardner took off his mask to speak at the event. Health experts are increasingly concerned about COVID transmission through the air at indoor events where masks aren’t worn.
Boebert, who’s got the backing of prominent Republicans, has gained national attention not only for beating Tipton but also for running a cafe in Rifle, Colorado, where waitresses carry guns openly.
She also eschews mask-wearing, arguing it should be optional.
Boebert has the full backing of Trump, who allegedly said he thinks her candidacy will lead to a victory for him in Colorado in November.
“I was in South Dakota and I met with President Donald Trump and our beautiful, elegant first lady, Melania Trump,” said Boebert at the event, according to a Facebook recording. “And it was the honor of a lifetime to be there at Mount Rushmore and speak to them face to face and tell them how badly Colorado needs [them].”
Gardner took off his mask to speak to the crowd.