Rolling Stone published an explosive report on Sunday. Three sources — all Republican organizers who were working with the nonpartisan Jan. 6 group — listed individuals who had participated in demonstrations building up to the Capitol siege. The usual suspects were present, including Marjorie Taylor Green, Lauren Boebert, Mo Brooks, Madison Cawthorn, and others. Those accused initially remained silent. Greene eventually called BS. Brooks did as well, blaming his staff instead. Boebert did, too, but only her most ardent supporters believe her.
While Greene spoke out against the allegation in an interview, Boebert took a more formal approach. She responded with a long, well worded statement rejecting the accusations.
“Let me be clear,” Boebert wrote, seemingly invoking one of former president Barack Obama’s most famous catchphrases. “I had no role in the panning or execution of any even that took place at the Capitol or anywhere in Washington, D.C. on January 6th.” She claimed she had “accepted an invitation to speak at one event but ultimately did not speak at any events on January 6th.”
She added, “Once again, the media is acting as a messaging tool for the radical left. The left falsely accused me of giving a reconnaissance tour. In reality, I was visiting the Capitol with my family.” She claimed Rolling Stone “was grasping at straws” by “using anonymous sources and shoddy reporting to attack me. Thank you, next.”
Boebert, like Greene, didn’t appear to comprehend how reporting works, especially when it came to delicate matters like this. Not only is it standard practice to employ anonymous sources when appropriate, but the report went out of its way to clarify why they weren’t named.
Furthermore, there were numerous receipts relating to Boebert’s involvement. That day, she was active on Twitter, saying, “Today is 1776.” Later, once supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, forcing all members of Congress and their staff to flee, she tweeted the whereabouts of several colleagues, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
As such, few were buying what Boebert claimed.
Still, she might be somewhat innocent. She doesn’t appear sophisticated enough to plan an insurgency, even a failed one like the one on Jan. 6, as one person pointed out.
Of course, if the committee subpoenas Boebert and others listed in the report, she may be asked to elaborate. And it doesn’t appear that ignoring it will help.