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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert sparked her latest social media controversy Thursday when she criticized a school-shooting survivor turned gun control activist.
The freshman Republican from Silt, known for attention-grabbing social media posts, was accused on Twitter of being a threat to the security of the U.S. Capitol by David Hogg, who survived the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting in which 17 people died.
“David, please,” Boebert responded in a quote tweet. “We all saw how tough you were when questioned face to face. Give your keyboard a rest, child.”
David, please. We all saw how tough you were when questioned face to face.
Give your keyboard a rest, child. https://t.co/DDnpmkyfIS
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 28, 2021
The congresswoman was apparently referencing a video posted earlier this week that shows now-U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, badgering Hogg about gun control on the streets of Washington, D.C., in 2019. Greene is a conspiracy theorist who reportedly believed the Parkland shooting and the 2017 Las Vegas shootings were fake.
Boebert’s criticism of Hogg, who has become a prominent gun control advocate since the Parkland shooting, drew criticisms from Colorado Democrats.
“In my experience, those who haven’t experienced the trauma of mass shootings usually talk the toughest,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, an Aurora Democrat and gun control advocate who often criticizes Boebert online and on-air. “But the tough talk and bullying of survivors is the ultimate sign of weakness.”