Last week U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) hinted at her future goals during an interview with Newsmax TV.
“But, you know, maybe one day when I’m Speaker of the House, my first action will be to take those metal detectors and use them as target practice,” Boebert said, referring to security devices installed by Democrats to ensure that no guns are brought to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, where guns are banned.
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Boebert was answering questions from a giddy Newsmax anchor about her dedication to concealed-carrying a firearm within the U.S. Capitol.
“In the congressional complex, I am my own security… until I get into Pelosi’s House — it’s certainly not the people’s House — where we have to go through the metal detectors,” Boebert said.
One GOP colleague already supports Boebert’s nascent campaign for Speaker. U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tweeted that Boebert “would make a fantastic Speaker of the House.”
On Sunday, Gaetz tried to distract from the ongoing federal probe into his involvement with a sex trafficking ring by promoting baseless claims of election fraud.
Many of Boebert’s actions and comments appear to be aimed at getting media attention—and her line about being Speaker of the House may have been made in the same vein.
Last week, Boebert was in the news for falsely claiming Trump stopped Hamas from attacking Israel, falsely claiming there had been no deaths from COVID-19 in Texas post-mask restrictions, and for opposing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act.