Lauren Boebert can’t help herself when it comes to rootin’ and tootin’. She’s been making anti-Muslim comments about her own congressional colleague (Ilhan Omar), and it appears that she’s now making “jokes” while spotting yarmulke-wearing Jewish guests at the US embassy in Jerusalem. Capitol. In terms of not knowing when to quit, she’s like Marjorie Taylor Greene in that she’s better off just tweeting nonsense or confusedly tweeting about John and Samuel Adams and receiving a lesson about the American Revolution.
Following an hours-long confrontation at a Texas synagogue, Boebert’s comments left a group of Jewish guests (several of whom were wearing yarmulkes, headed by an Orthodox coordinator with a beard) “perplexed” by her words, according to Buzzfeed News. She asked the group if they were “reconnaissance,” which implies that she was accusing them of scouting the enemy for information. From this Buzzfeed description, it appears to be quite similar to Boebert’s suggestion that terrorists were afoot (the same mistake she made with Ilhan Omar, in other words):
The group, along with other members of Congress, was claimed to be waiting for an elevator, according to one witness. According to the witness, Boebert walked out of the elevator and “looked the group from head to toe” when the doors opened. After that, Boebert inquired as to whether they were there to perform “reconnaissance.”
“When I heard that, I actually turned to the person standing next to me and asked, ‘Did you just hear that?’” a rabbi who was with the group told BuzzFeed News. “You know, I’m not sure to be offended or not,” the rabbi said. “I was very confused.” The rabbi added that “people are very sensitive” now, especially after what happened in Texas this past weekend, when an armed man held four people hostage at a synagogue.
“I saw a large group and made a joke,” she said in a text to Buzzfeed News, adding, “I’m too short to see anyone’s yarmulkes.” She also said she was only “referring to the many comments that have been directed at her from Democrats” about how she was seen giving a tour of a tunnel on the Capitol grounds a few days before the insurgency. People aren’t buying her “joke” argument that she didn’t mean to damage anyone, and they’re pushing for someone (anyone?) in charge to take action.