Freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert on Wednesday accused Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of “normalizing violence” ahead of last week’s Capitol riot.
Boebert, a Colorado Republican, said during debate on impeaching President Trump that he wasn’t entirely to blame for the rampage committed by his supporters, noting that some Democrats declined to denounce anti-police brutality riots last year.
“I rise today to oppose this impeachment and denounce the recent violence on the Capitol, just as I opposed the previous impeachment and the violence we’ve all witnessed all summer long across our great country,” she said.
“Make no mistake here, the hypocrisy of the left is on full display.”
Boebert, in her position for less than a month, took specific aim at Ocasio-Cortez, noting that she said last year that rising crime may be caused by people who “either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.”
“What about the gentlewoman from New York who defended the looting by saying looters just wanted loaves of bread? Well, the last I checked, Best Buy and Teslas and stores of the like do not produce baked goods. Where’s the accountability for the left after encouraging and normalizing violence?” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Both congresswomen are in their early 30s and have passionate followings.
Boebert concluded her speech saying, “I call bullcrap when I hear the Democrats demanding unity. Sadly, they are only unified in hate.”
Democrats and at least six Republicans are expected to vote Wednesday to impeach Trump for allegedly inciting the riot, which followed a speech near the White House where Trump told thousands of backers that the election was stolen by fraud. Four Trump supporters and one police officer were killed as rioters disrupted certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Boebert recently drew headlines for vowing to bring a handgun onto the House floor, and was in a standoff Tuesday over her refusal to consent to new metal-detector policies that some Democrats say were enacted due to Boebert.
Other Republicans have walked around the new metal detectors, prompting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to order US Capitol Police on Wednesday to move equipment so that it’s impossible to walk around the detectors.
Trump is expected to be impeached by the House on Wednesday, but the Senate won’t hold a trial until after he leaves office on Jan. 20. Some Republicans are advocating a censure that — like conviction in the Senate — could ban Trump from holding office again.
No House Republicans voted to impeach Trump during his first impeachment in December 2019. The Senate voted along party lines to acquit Trump in February, with a sole Republican, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, voting to convict on one of two counts.