Lauren Boebert Rails Against Democrats, Refuses to Resign After Capitol Riot

Congresswoman Lauren Boebert has issued a defiant statement following calls for her resignation in the wake of the riot at the Capitol that left five people dead and delayed the final stage of the 2020 presidential election.

Boebert, who represents Colorado's 5th congressional district, has faced criticism for a tweet she sent during the riot saying: "The Speaker has been removed from the chambers."

Many critics have said this tweet was irresponsible and potentially put Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in danger, though Pelosi has not made any public comment on the matter. Some have called for Boebert to step down.

In a statement on Monday, Boebert criticized Democrats and some Hollywood stars for what she called "hypocrisy."

"We should take Democrats at their word when they say never let a crisis go to waste. Their hypocrisy is on full display with talks of impeachment, censure, and other ways to punish Republicans for false accusations of inciting the type of violence they have so frequently and transparently supported in the past," Boebert said.

The Speaker has been removed from the chambers.

— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 6, 2021

"And, once again, their false attacks go unchallenged. They accuse me of live-tweeting the Speaker's presence after she had been safely removed from the Capitol, as if I was revealing some big secret, when in fact this removal was also being broadcast on TV," she said.

"They act as if Republicans created objections to the Electoral College certification out of thin air, when it was Democrats who objected in 2001, 2005 and 2017."

There were some Democratic objections to the Electoral College results in those years, but they were more limited in scope than Republican efforts on January 6 and did not involve unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud.

"The reality is that Joe Biden didn't condemn Antifa when he had a chance to, Kamala Harris spent much of the summer helping those arrested for violent behavior post bail and get back on the streets as quickly as possible, and Speaker Pelosi encouraged uprisings all over the country," Boebert's statement went on.

The statement is referring to remarks Pelosi made in 2018 about the Trump administration's family separation policy.

"I denounced the violence over the summer just as I did the recent events at the Capitol. I defended our Constitution and I always will. America will persevere because freedom always prevails," Boebert said.

"But let's get real—the far-left and their policies are causing harm to our country. I refuse to let their political machine write a narrative that millions of Americans know is false."

Boebert's statement also included a list of quotations from Democrats, actors Johnny Depp and Robert De Niro and singer Madonna that Boebert suggested showed the hypocrisy on the left.

"Lauren Boebert has betrayed the American people and is a conspirator in the insurrection that occurred at Capitol Hill on January 6th," activist group Rural United Colorado said in a statement last week.

"As the citizens she represents in Congress, we cannot recall her and we cannot impeach her, but we do not accept that she is fit to represent the people of Colorado District 3 in Congress. We can only hope that her colleagues in Congress expel her."

Rep. Lauren Boebert During Electoral College Debate
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) speaks during a House debate session to ratify the 2020 presidential election at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Boebert has issued a defiant statement amid calls for her to resign. congress.gov/Getty Images