The Denver Post has slammed Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and different extremists throughout the nation for perpetuating the “rhetoric that fuels fear and hate” in opposition to LGBTQ individuals following Saturday’s mass capturing at a homosexual nightclub in Colorado.
“We are weary of writing versions of the same editorial over and over again,” the newspaper’s editorial board wrote days after a gunman killed 5 individuals and injured not less than 18 others at Club Q in Colorado Springs. “Thoughts and prayers do not end gun violence. Words matter. Hateful, intolerant speech has no place in public discourse.”
While the “gunman is responsible for firing those bullets,” the Post wrote, “there are those among us who fed a narrative of hate and intolerance, failing to either understand or care where those words can lead.”
The paper, which is routinely critical of Boebert, famous that she had tweeted that the capturing was “absolutely awful” and that the “victims & their families are in my prayers.” Her missive was not well-received in mild of her glorification of weapons and bigotry towards the LGBTQ neighborhood.
Boebert has repeatedly participated within the false, right-wing narrative that educating kids about gender id and permitting trans youth to obtain gender-affirming care is by some means “grooming” and sexualizing them, and has additionally directed vitriol towards kid-friendly drag exhibits. Criticized for her previous feedback within the wake of Saturday’s capturing, she doubled down, saying: “I have never had bad rhetoric towards anyone and their personal preference as an adult. What I’ve criticized is the sexualization of our children. And I’ve criticized men dressing up as caricatures of women.”
“Boebert was rightly excoriated for her role in elevating hateful speech against the LGBTQ community,” the Post wrote. “As an added bonus, her hard-line positions on gun control, ruling out even common sense measures, mean she would not have supported any efforts that might have kept guns out of this shooter’s possession.”
Read the total editorial here.