You have to agree with the leader of Colorado’s Republican Party when she says people think Republicans are white and mean–and this creates problems for them when it comes to winning elections.
“People have a misconception, I think [about Republicans],” Burton Brown said on KHOW last week at 24 minutes, saying it’s her job to re-brand the Republican Party. “They’ve put us in a box. ‘Here’s what Republicans are. They are old. They are white. They are men. They do not care. They only want to give the rich people money.'”
Yet Burton Brown can’t say enough good things about U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), whose meanness continues to shock even people like me who listen to her all the time.
For example, back in April, when the humanitarian crisis on the border was ramping up and officials were struggling to find ways to help children who crossed the border, Boebert showed no sympathy at all.
With images of destitute kids all over the news, Boebert was asked on conservative radio, what’s the “biggest problem at the border right now that could be addressed right away if you could only do one thing and do it first? What would Representative Bobert recommend doing?”
“Continue construction on the wall. That’s exactly what needs to happen,” Boebert told a KHOW radio host, acting as if the kids in the news didn’t exist. “On day one, Biden issued an executive order to halt construction at our southern border. We need to get the wall built.”
Even if you believe the wall could work, which serious people don’t, you still have the kids, right here right now, who need care that border security, especially a wall, won’t give them.
Then, and now, all Boebert can do is repeatedly mock their plight and offer no help or ideas or anything but…a wall of meanness.
Just this week on Flashpoint, a Christian right podcast, Boebert offered not a word of love or compassion toward immigrant children but instead degraded them with language that served her need for a political attack line but had no basis in reality.
Thousands of migrant children are “wrapped and stacked like baked potatoes” at the border, she said.
Like baked potatoes, because some, at some point, had mylar blankets?
This is run-of-the-mill stuff for Boebert who embraces far-right militias, who votes against medals for police who defended her the Capitol from insurrectionists, who is one of only 62 Republican votes against an anti-Asian hate crimes bill, and who was one of only two House Republicans who opposed a bill to help people stricken with cancer.
It’s too much, goes too far, even by the standards of the brutal political culture we live in.
So, yes, people in Colorado don’t think Republicans care.
Can you blame them?
How could the Colorado Republican Party leader’s re-branding project succeed with Boebert, who’s now a fixture in the news and defines the GOP in Colorado, out there promoting herself as exactly the uncaring GOP politician whom Republicans want people to think they’re not?
Listen to Boebert April 12 on KHOW: