This Summer, Boebert Signaled Support for Armed Protesters in Michigan Capitol

This Summer, Boebert Signaled Support for Armed Protesters in Michigan Capitol

As Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert captures the nation’s attention in the wake of last week’s violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which critics allege she helped incite, it’s worth looking back to Boebert’s response to an event that can be seen as the canary in the coal mine for the Jan. 6 attack: this summer’s armed protest at the Michigan State Capitol. On April 30, protesters angered by COVID-19 orders swarmed the Michigan Capitol, many of them heavily-armed militia members, eventually entering the building and attempting to gain access to the House floor. The FBI later uncovered a domestic terror plot from some of the protesters to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, and “take hostages, execute tyrants and have it televised” during their attempted Capitol siege. When asked whether she thought the protester’s actions were appropriate in an early May interview following the event with RealVail.com’s David O. Williams, Boebert voiced support, saying she “didn’t see that happen” but questioning why heavily armed protesters weren’t allowed on the House floor. “I don’t see why they’re not allowed to,” Boebert said. “Denver, you can’t open carry in Denver, but right there at our Capitol doors, there’s metal detectors so the public can’t go in there with their firearm. However, even that is a violation of the way the laws read — whenever you are going to restrict law-abiding citizens to come into a public building like that with a firearm.” Asked again by Williams if she took issue […]

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