Lauren Boebert Compares Alec Baldwin to Kyle Rittenhouse at Turning Point USA Event

Lauren Boebert mocked actor Alec Baldwin over the killing of Halyna Hutchins, while also praising Kyle Rittenhouse, during a Turning Point USA event.

During an onstage appearance at TPUSA's Americafest 2021 on Monday, the Republican representative and pro-gun activist backed Rittenhouse, who was cleared of last month all charges related to his killing of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Hubber, and wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020.

She also mocked Baldwin for an interview he gave earlier this month in which he said he did not pull the trigger of the gun, which he was holding, that shot and killed Hutchins.

Boebert said: "I stand firm on the Second Amendment. Just since Thanksgiving alone, my office has received dozens of death threats and it would be a shame to think that I would not have an equalizer against those threats.

"Just ask my new friend Kyle Rittenhouse who is here this weekend," she said to cheers.

"You have the right to self-defense even if you show up somewhere with a firearm that right does not go away.

"The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting and it has everything to do with self-preservation, and that includes protecting yourself against an overreaching tyrannical government."

Boebert then moved on to praising Rittenhouse and his legal team while at the same time mocking Baldwin.

She said: "Now I have got to give it up to Kyle and his team, his legal counsel.

"Because they didn't say 'hey look we shot the guy but we didn't pull the trigger.'

That remark appeared to be a reference to remarks made by Baldwin in his first sit-down interview since the death of Halyna Hutchins.

Speaking to ABC News in an interview which aired on December 2, Baldwin said he did not pull the trigger on the gun that shot Hutchins.

He said: "The trigger wasn't pulled. I didn't pull the trigger. I would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger on them, never.

"Someone put a live bullet in a gun. A bullet that wasn't even supposed to be on the property."

In her speech, Boebert also referenced a moment during the Rittenhouse trial when Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger, the prosecutor, picked up an assault rifle.

Claims later emerged that Binger had pointed the gun at the jury with his finger on the trigger, however, this was fact-checked by Newsweek and found to be inaccurate.

Boebert continued her mocking nonetheless: "Kyle Rittenhouse did not Alec Baldwin that scenario like the prosecutor did with this poor trigger-finger form.

"Pointing a firearm at a room full of people without even clearing the chamber, goodness.

"Guns don't kill people, Alec Baldwin's ignorance does."

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), participates in a discussion on the Right to Bear Arms during the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. Boebert praised Kyle Rittenhouse's legal team while at the Turning Point USA. Joe Raedle/Getty

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