First 5 minutes of a 55 minute talk Lauren Boebert gave on September 9, where she was introduced as a Member of Congress
At a September 9, 2022 speech at the Truth and Liberty Coalition conference in Woodland Park — the same appearance where she confused the word “wanton” as in “wanton killing” with the word for the Chinese dumpling, the announcer introduced Lauren Boebert in her official capacity as a Member of Congress. But during her talk, Boebert talked less about policy and government and acted and spoke exactly like a televangelist preacher, strutting back and forth across the stage, invoking the apocalypse with lines like “we are in the last of the last days.” She urged her audience to “rise up and take our place in Christ and influence this nation as we were called to do,” adding, “you get to have a role in the second coming of Jesus! How cool is that?”
Then on October 20, 2022, at the Knox County, Tennessee, Republican Lincoln Day dinner, Boebert was again introduced in her official capacity as a House Representative, but instead used the opportunity to preach, using the exact same lines she used on September 9, saying “we are in the last of the last days,” and “You get to be part of ushering in the second coming of Jesus.”
With increasing frequency and intensity, Lauren Boebert is using her speaking opportunities to portray herself as more of a religious figure and less an elected officeholder.
In her talks, Boebert pushes for a religious takeover of government and calls for an end to the separation of church and state, all while juxtaposing Bible quotes with lines like “I won’t wear your stinking face diaper,” and “You can take your syringe and stick it.” She infers her audiences are the good guys, favored by God and loved by Jesus, telling them they’ve been called to fight “enemies” like people with different sexual identities. What’s even more frightening is that these are all applause lines that her fawning audiences receive with obvious delight.
Lauren Boebert’s persistent and dangerous effort to conflate her role as an elected official with that of a religious figure has drawn ridicule, to be sure, but given how effective her efforts have been at convincing her audiences she is some kind of hero called to her position by God, it is also a very dangerous strategy that turns Americans against each other and turns politics into a holy war instead of a reasoned debate about the merits of ideas.