A freshman Republican lawmaker unloaded on her fellow party members during a call with them Monday evening, denouncing them for listening to the conspiracy theories sprouted by a fellow member of Congress.
She spoke up after fellow freshman Representative Lauren Boebert, a hard right conservative who has expressed support for QAnon conspiracy theories, claimed without evidence that last week’s Capitol riot was, in part, a result of Capitol Police who were a part of the mob.
The call was the first time House Republicans met since the MAGA rioters rampaged the Capitol, which resulted in five people dying and left a trail of destruction throughout the building in the form of broken glass, smashed furniture and ransacked office space.
Republicans have become bitterly divided in the aftermath, with some publicly blaming President Donald Trump for inciting the mob. Other Republican lawmakers spoke at a rally the morning of the attack – the same event where Trump disputed the election results and told his followers to march on the Capitol.
Boebert was one of the speakers at the rally. Both she and Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, another QAnon follower, called the day the Republicans’ ‘1776 moment.’
Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace of South Carolina chastised her fellow Republicans for listening to conspiracy theories sprouted by a fellow member of Congress
She spoke up after Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert claimed without evidence that last week’s Capitol riot was, in part, a result of Capitol Police who were a part of it
Security in the Capitol has been ramped up – with thousands of National Guard units brought in to supply extra man power – and investigations into Wednesday’s chaos have begun.
Interim Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman is examining the actions taken by some officers in the Capitol chaos. One officer was suspended for taking a selfie with a rioter. Another was suspended for putting on a MAGA hat and acting as a ‘guide’ for rioters around the Capitol.
‘The Department also has been actively reviewing video and other open source materials of some USCP officers and officials that appear to be in violation of Department regulations and policies. Our Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate these behaviors for disciplinary action, up to, and including, termination. Several USCP officers have already been suspended pending the outcome of their investigations,’ she said in a statement.
Boebert, who has only been in office a week, has already made a name for herself by asking for permission to carry her Glock pistol in the Capitol. The Colorado Republican wore it frequently on the campaign trail.
Washington D.C. has strong laws against concealed weapons but lawmakers are exempt from them as long as the weapons are stored in the members’ offices and transported safely and unloaded.
Boebert is a loyalists to President Trump and helped his challenge to the electoral college vote that ultimately certified Joe Biden’s victory.
Now Boebert is facing calls to resign amid allegations she helped incite last Wednesday’s mob with her fiery rhetoric.
Additionally, she is being criticized for tweeting information about the location of lawmakers and Speaker Nancy Pelosi while the mob was overrunning Capitol Hill.
Boebert wrote on Twitter that lawmakers had been moved to the House chambers as rioters were breaking into the Capitol. Then, she tweeted out the ‘Speaker has been removed from the chambers.’ She did not reveal Pelosi’s precise location.
She is refusing to step down, defended her tweets, and said the election challenge should not have led to last week’s violence.
‘They accuse me of live-tweeting the Speaker’s presence after she had been safely removed from the Capitol, as if I was revealing some big secret, when in fact this removal was also being broadcast on TV. They act as if Republicans created objections to the Electoral College certification out of thin air, when it was Democrats who objected in 2001, 2005 and 2017,’ she said in a statement.
‘The violence that we did see take place on January 6th was absolutely indefensible,’ she noted.
Rep. Lauren Boebert has already made a name for herself by asking permission to carry her glock pistol in the capitol and her support for QAnon conspiracy theories
Rep. Boebert was criticized for sending these tweets on the day of the riot, which gave the location of lawmakers and information on Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the mob swarmed the Capitol
Republicans have become bitterly divided in the aftermath of Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol, with some publicly blaming President Donald Trump for inciting the mob
Monday night’s call with Republicans came as Democrats plan one final push to remove him from office. On Tuesday, the House will vote on legislation calling on Vice President Mike Pence to start the process to remove Trump via the 25th amendment. Pence is not expected to do so.
The House is expected to vote Wednesday on beginning another round of impeachment charges against Trump – this time for inciting the violence on Capitol Hill that left five dead and a wave of destruction in the building.
On the call, Kevin McCarthy, the fiercely loyal House Minority Leader, told House Republicans on Monday that Trump bears some blame for last week’s deadly Capitol riots and has accepted some responsibility, Politico reported, citing four Republican sources on a private call.
Trump has not publicly acknowledged any responsibility for the attack, which unfolded after he staged a rally on Wednesday and called on his supporters to ‘fight’ the election result and ‘persuade’ Republicans not to certify Biden’s victory.
McCarthy strongly pushed back against Trump’s claim that the rioters were Left-wing agitators intent on discrediting Trump and his followers – a claim made by staunchly pro-Trump congressman Matt Gaetz, and repeated by Fox News’ anchors and pundits.
‘It’s not ANTIFA, it’s MAGA,’ McCarthy replied, according to Axios.
‘I know. I was there,’ McCarthy said, according to a White House official and another source familiar with the call.
McCarthy later reiterated his position during a two-hour call with Republicans in the House, telling them there is ‘undisputedly’ no evidence that people linked to ANTIFA participated in the insurrection.
Some Republicans are expected to join Democrats in the vote to impeach Trump, but the U.S. Senate is unlikely to convene in time to consider the article before Trump leaves office at noon on Jan. 20.
In a memo to Republicans ahead of the call Monday, McCarthy told fellow lawmakers he does not back impeachment and suggested other measures, including censure of the president.