Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-Co.) hypocritical call to end all government assistance programs despite her own use of those programs drew the ire of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Sunday.
During remarks made at CPAC in Texas over the weekend, Boebert declared war on welfare programs and the coronavirus vaccine, which is free of charge because of the government.
“We’re here to tell government: ‘We don’t want your benefits. We don’t want your welfare,’” Boebert yelled on stage while pacing back and forth like a maniac. “Don’t come to us with your Fauci ouchie. Leave us the hell alone!”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
Boebert: We’re here to tell government we don’t want your benefits. We don’t want your welfare… pic.twitter.com/Gk8WenGrls
— Acyn (@Acyn) July 10, 2021
Boebert’s tweet is hypocritical because she bragged in September 2020 that she was able to “live the American dream” because government programs lifted her up from poverty and gave her opportunities.
I’m living the American dream. I came up from welfare, standing in line waiting for government cheese, to now running for Congress.
Let’s keep radical socialists out of government so that people can be empowered to lift themselves out of poverty, rather than wait on government!
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) September 16, 2020
It should also be pointed out that Boebert’s restaurant in Colorado applied for and received PPP loans from the government along with other stimulus and relief funds that could be considered welfare. If not for the government relief, Boebert’s restaurant would have struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic and economic slowdown last summer.
In response, AOC chimed in with sarcasm and facts while pointing out that Republicans are admitting that they want to punish struggling Americans, many of whom are conservatives in red states.
Tell ‘em loud and proud girl! GOP will strip your unemployment protections and dismantle any semblance of a public safety net we have left! Then make working people pay way more for everything on low wages while Wall St gets a meal ticket!
Good ol conservative values baby! 🤑 https://t.co/inym5QkuBC
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 11, 2021
Indeed, government assistance is necessary to aid struggling Americans. Stripping it from them would be cruel and would cause great suffering. The fact is that there any many working Americans who get government aid because their employers don’t pay them enough. Walmart and many fast-food companies are just a few examples of such employers. If Republicans supported paying workers a living wage instead of opposing it, millions of Americans would not need government assistance.
Boebert should be ashamed of herself for trying to take away from others what she credits for allowing her to live the American dream. She’s just another Republican who lives by the “I got mine, screw you” philosophy.
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