Rep. Lauren Boebert, just hanging out at her restaurant with a gun, like a normal personPhoto: Jeffrey Beall/via Wikipedia
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is getting taken to the woodshed on Twitter for comparing COVID-19 restrictions to laws criminalizing HIV exposure, and now her constituents are saying they’re “humiliated and embarrassed” by her.
“The same liberals that legalized knowingly spreading HIV are now pushing Americans to take COVID tests or show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants,” she tweeted. “No. We’re not playing your games.”
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The same liberals that legalized knowingly spreading HIV are now pushing Americans to take COVID tests or show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants.
No. We’re not playing your games.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) June 9, 2021
No one is suggesting putting people in jail because they knowingly entered buildings while sick with COVID-19.
Boebert is opposing measures that fall far short of criminalization in the case of coronavirus while apparently supporting the criminalization of HIV exposure, and then saying that people who don’t take the same contradictory stance that she does are the real hypocrites.
The Centers for Disease Control say that HIV exposure laws are “outdated and do not reflect our current understanding of HIV.”
“Further, these laws have been shown to discourage HIV testing, increase stigma, and exacerbate disparities,” they say on their website.
The Center for HIV Law & Policy also notes that there is evidence that HIV exposure laws – which 37 states have – result in harsher penalties for Black people than for white people living with HIV.
Boebert is one of Congress’s most vocal opponents of the Equality Act, which would ban public accommodations like restaurants from refusing to serve LGBTQ people. So she is willing to allow restaurants to refuse LGBTQ customers, but allowing them to refuse unvaccinated customers would be inconceivable.
The responses aren’t supportive of her comparison.
And Pence knowingly made an HIV epidemic in Indiana worse by slowing the proper response because he didn’t want to authorize a needle exchange program.
— TrollinNScrollin (@n_trollin) June 10, 2021
Not once have I been asked for my proof of vaccination. Not one damn time. And I live in a blue state. Stop fear mongering.
— Carrie💙🇺🇸🦄🏳️🌈💙 🌊🌊🌊 (@Oliviacarrie_78) June 9, 2021
I’m watching this from the Canadian side and I’m…I’m at a loss. This ignorant way of thinking. Just making things up. How does this happen??? She got elected!!! Very very frightening because people believe her. So much hate.
— kelli warder (@KelliWarder) June 9, 2021
Businesses deciding they want to keep their customers safe can require vaccinations or proof of a negative Covid test if they want to do so.
If you don’t want to frequent those places, don’t. I’m sure they wouldn’t want your presence anyway based on your atrocious behavior.
— COPersists (@COResistor) June 9, 2021
If you’d like to talk about HIV, please let me know. I lost dozens of friends to it in the eighties, and I assure you, you know nothing of it. Likewise, you know nothing of mercy or grace.
— Leland Hermit (@AngeloBCollie) June 9, 2021
A recent report in Politico showed that people in Boebert’s Colorado district are getting fed up with her antics.
“I thought Lauren would be a great representative for small-business owners because she owns a small business, and she came from a humble lifestyle,” said Gus Garcia, who voted for her last year.
“But she has been so terribly disappointing. I am humiliated and embarrassed when she speaks on the House floor. She screams all the time, and she seems to have affiliated herself with white supremacists.”
One poll from April cited in the report says that 45% of people in her district have an unfavorable view of her, higher than the 42% who have a favorable view, a lackluster showing for just several months after she started her term in Congress.
Her lack of popularity has already attracted several local Democrats to start campaigns to unseat her in 2022, and even one Republican is already planning to challenge her in the primary.
“When she had the opportunity to support stimulus funding, she chose Trump over us. It’s very frustrating,” said Sol Sandoval, a community activist in Pueblo who is organizing a campaign to unseat Boebert.
“When I think of Lauren Boebert, I think of that expression ‘all hat and no cattle.’”