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'Certifiably nuts': Lauren Boebert posts Christmas photo of her four sons brandishing assault rifles
Colorado Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert posted a photo of her young children brandishing assault rifles in front of a Christmas tree on Tuesday.
Her post came three days after Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie drew intense backlash for a similar photo. It also came one week to the day after four people were killed at Oxford High School in Michigan by a 15-year-old whose parents are now charged with involuntary manslaughter for giving him access to a gun.
"The Boeberts have your six, @RepThomasMassie!" Boebert wrote above her photo. "(No spare ammo for you, though)"
Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke was among those who expressed outrage over Boebert's photo.
"This is a sickness," Huppke wrote. "Any semblance of American decency is being ground into hamburger by people like Boebert. Do not lose your ability to be appalled. And do not underestimate the power of such poison."
Howard Forman, a professor at the Yale School of Management and a former U.S. Senate staffer, said Boebert and Massie appeared to be "competing to show the world that gun fetishism is alive and well; that exploiting your children to advance your career is ok; & teenagers that died last week are long forgotten."
MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan noted that Boebert's photo showed four children holding guns.
"That’s exactly the same number of kids gunned down and murdered by another kid with a gun just days ago," Hasan wrote. "This party is a death cult, part 335."
According to the Herald Times, Boebert's sons were ages 14, 12, 10 and 7 in January 2020, when she took office.
Always nice to make gun porn a family affair for the holidays... just like Jesus would want.https://twitter.com/laurenboebert/status/1468411381653323777\u00a0\u2026— Josh Jordan (@Josh Jordan) 1638933865
too much to hope for that the Colorado Department of Children\u2019s Services could save these kids I guess.https://twitter.com/laurenboebert/status/1468411381653323777\u00a0\u2026— Brian S. Faughnan (@Brian S. Faughnan) 1638933834
Lauren Boebert\u2019s husband showed his penis to young girls. That\u2019s probably why he\u2019s not in the picture. https://twitter.com/laurenboebert/status/1468411381653323777\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/iIzPD43MLq— I'm That Type Of Guy (@I'm That Type Of Guy) 1638933501
Christmas in the Trumpocene. (GOP leaders from Nevada, Kentucky, Colorado.)pic.twitter.com/qgk9XunDL9— Jeff Sharlet (@Jeff Sharlet) 1638934406
Mike Lindell's nightmare: Conservative group finds Trump did better than expected in counties with Dominion machines
A conservative legal group found “no evidence of fraud” in Wisconsin during the last presidential election. But that top-line conclusion confirming the obvious wasn’t quite as striking as one that had to rock the world of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) -- a far-right nonprofit legal firm that has sued to stop mask mandates among its initiatives -- conducted a 10-month review of Wisconsin’s 2020 election. It didn’t mince words about one of the key tenets of the Big Lie.
“THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS WITH VOTING MACHINES” one of the reports main sections declared.
The more interesting findings have to do with how Trump fared in counties that used Dominion voting machines, which Lindell infamously accused of rigging the election for President Joe Biden.
“Donald Trump won communities that used Dominion voting machines with 57.2%, an increase from 2016," the report states. "WILL could not access voting machines as a part of this review, but we did model the various machines to evaluate their effect on the outcome of the election. Just 14.7% of Wisconsin jurisdictions employ the Dominion voting machines, maligned by many as a culprit in changing votes for Joe Biden."
In fact, the report overall found "Democrats actually did worse than expected in areas that used Dominion machines.”
Take that, Mike Lindell.
The WILL findings, released today, had started on what might have seemed an optimistic note for Trump sycophants:
“It is almost certain that in Wisconsin’s 2020 election the number of votes that did not comply with existing legal requirements exceeded Joe Biden’s margin of victory.”
But it immediately added, “This does not necessarily mean that Biden did not win a majority of the votes of those eligible to vote, but the questions of fraud and unlawful processes are related.”
And this: “There was no evidence of widespread voter fraud. In all likelihood, more eligible voters cast ballots for Joe Biden than Donald Trump. We found little direct evidence of fraud, and for the most part, an analysis of the results and voting patterns does not give rise to an inference of fraud.”
The report alleged “widespread abandonment of proper procedures,” criticized the maintenance of voter rolls and advocated for numerous changes that would have been expected from a conservative legal group. But that will hardly numb the pain of its surprisingly candid findings, such as these:
“Our hand review found that the counts closely matched those reported by the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC)," the group explains. "The review found no evidence of fraudulent ballots. The wards WILL reviewed came from: Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Fox Crossing, Mequon, Waukesha, and West Bend. In many of the wards examined, WILL found a significant number of voters who voted for Biden and a Republican for Congress, while far fewer voters split the other way. This is consistent with the explanation that a key driver of Trump’s loss was a segment of traditional Republican voters choosing not to support him."
On Tuesday, Axios reported that women in Congress feel increasingly "under siege" as they are targeted with a mounting volley of violent threats.
"As record numbers of American women are being elected to public office, their growing political power is being met with death and rape threats, sexist and racist abuse and online disinformation," reported Sophia Cai and Andrew Solender. "The recent salvos against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) are just the latest example. The district office of Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) was burglarized and vandalized last week— an incident she condemned with the support of Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.)." Meanwhile, "Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.) told Axios her office received 'a tremendous number of very vile calls and voicemails' after her tough questioning of then-Attorney General William Barr in July 2020. 'They were misogynistic over and over again. They were vile, vulgar.'"
Republican women, too, are facing the threats, said the report. "Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) tweeted a video on Friday in which she played several death threats she's received."
Some of these threats appear to be more than idle talk; one January 6th rioter from North Texas allegedly made threats to assassinate Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) before he participated in the invasion of the U.S. Capitol.
"Last month, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) reintroduced a resolution calling on the federal government to address violence against women in politics," noted the report. "The move came after Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), posted a manipulated video depicting himself killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ... and attacking President Biden, for which he was censured and lost his committee seats."
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