Lauren Boebert Says 'the Constitution is Not Evolving'—People Point Out Amendments

A tweet by Representative Lauren Boebert about the U.S. Constitution has sparked criticism, as an article in a newspaper in her home state questioned whether an amendment in the founding U.S. document could bar her from office.

The Colorado congresswoman tweeted on Wednesday that "the Constitution is not evolving" adding "to say that spits in the face of every single one of our founders."

It prompted a thread among those who interpreted the comment as showing she opposed amendments to the document.

Twitter user Jax Persists wrote: "The Constitution was always meant to evolve, and has evolved over time. The Founding Fathers intended the document to be flexible in order to fit the changing needs and circumstances of this country."

Human rights lawyer, Qasim Rashin tweeted: "'The Congress...shall propose amendments to this Constitution...which shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution...'"—Article V, U.S. Constitution."

"Quite a low bar to ask GOP Reps to actually read the Constitution before commenting on it, but here we are," Rashin added.

Opinion writer for Occupy Democrats, David Weissmann shared Boebert's tweet, adding, "apparently, Lauren Boebert doesn't know what amendment means."

Podcaster Brian Tyler Cohen saw a discrepancy between Boebert's sentiment and her pro-gun stance, tweeting, "Lauren Boebert comes out against the Second Amendment."

Last February, Boebert also faced blow back for tweeting that "protecting and defending the Constitution doesn't mean trying to rewrite the parts you don't like."

The Constitution, written in 1787, was ratified by nine of the original 13 states in 1788 and since then, there has been 27 amendments.

Californian Democrat, Representative Ted Lieu wrote, "Dear @laurenboebert: Have you read the Nineteenth Amendment?" referring to the measure which in effect recognized the right of women to vote.

This was the focus of an op-ed in Colorado Online on Thursday headlined: "Could the 14th Amendment block Lauren Boebert from the ballot."

The disqualification clause of the Constitution bars lawmakers who have "engaged in insurrection or rebellion" against Congress.

This principle is behind a challenge to the candidacy of GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina where a group of voters have said his activities around the January 6 insurrection violate the amendment.

The group claimed that he was involved in planning related events in Washington, D.C., on January 6 "with the advance knowledge that it was substantially likely to lead to the attack."

"If the clause could apply to Cawthorn, it could also apply to Boebert," the Colorado Online op-ed said, as it referred to her support for Ex-President Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud and alleged links to the organizers of the Capitol insurrection as reported by Rolling Stone last year.

Boebert has denied involvement in any planning of the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

Newsweek has contacted Boebert's office for comment.

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Representative Lauren Boebert at the Rotunda of the US Capitol, in Washington, DC, December 9, 2021. She has been criticized for a tweet about the U.S. Constitution. ELIZABETH FRANTZ/Getty