Rep. Lauren Boebert( R-CO) looks at her telephone as US President Joe Biden addresses a joint conference of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on April 28, 2021.
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Rep. Lauren Boebert unfurled a space blanket during President Biden’s lecture to Congress Wednesday. The Republican lawmaker was photographed wearing the blanket over her lap while using her phone. Boebert likewise live-tweeted the address from inside the House chamber, hurling criticism at Biden. See more tales on Insider’s business page.
Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado took a unique approaching to maximizing comfort during President Joe Biden’s hour-long address to Congress Wednesday night.
She unpacked what appeared to be a space blanket about halfway through the address and laid the mylar sheet over her lap. Photos from the night display Boebert use her telephone while covered by the blanket and her Twitter account presents she tweeted more than 25 periods during Biden’s address.
Matt Fuller, a politics reporter at The Daily Beast who was inside the chamber, tweeted that Boebert “sort of loudly opened” the blanket, then “shook it free so that everyone could hear it in appeals chamber, ” before draping it across her lap.
-Matt Fuller (@ MEPFuller) April 29, 2021
The freshman lawmaker’s action during the speech created eyebrows on a number of occasions – from live-tweeting vitriol at Biden from inside the House chamber to refusing to rise during a standing ovation for first lady Jill Biden.
Boebert, who has made a name for herself as a pro-gun right-wing ideologue during her short time in the House of Representatives, visibly shook her head several times when Biden’s lecture turned toward gun control in the latter half of the address.
The Republican lawmaker also refused to stand when Biden suggested lowering prescription cost of Americans – a rare instant that outlined a standing ovation from members of both parties.
-Acyn (@ Acyn) April 29, 2021
A spokesperson for Boebert seemed to suggest the room blanket was commentary on immigration and the US border.
“President Biden did not address or bring attention to the crisis at our southern perimeter. So Rep. Boebert did, ” Ben Stout, Boerbet’s communications administrator told Insider.
In a statement to Insider, Boebert blamed Biden’s speech, calling him a “left-wing extremist” and saying he “didn’t talk about the things that the American people needed him to address.”
“My reaction to the speech can be summed up in four terms: I miss President Trump, ” Boebert said.
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