Republican Colorado Representative Lauren BoebertPhoto: YouTube screenshot
In defending her raucous actions during President Biden’s State of the Union address, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) – one of the most anti-LGBTQ members of Congress – has brought the internet to tears of laughter for inadvertently making up a military rank.
Boebert, along with conspiracy theorist and anti-LGBTQ Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), has been repeatedly mocked for their behavior at the State of the Union, where they heckled the President and shouted out while he was speaking.
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When Biden mentioned “flag-draped coffins,” Boebert shouted, “Thirteen of them!” in reference to 13 U.S. soldiers who had been killed in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan during the U.S. withdrawal from the country.
On Twitter, Boebert defended her actions by claiming the mother of one of the fallen soldiers wrote her a letter thanking her for standing up. Only, the letter seemed to claim this soldier held a military rank that does not exist.
Boebert read the alleged letter aloud, stating, “Hello Mrs. Boebert. I am Shana Chappell, the mother of Lieutenant Corporal Kareem Nikoui.”
At only 20 years old, Nikoui was killed in the attack at the Hamid Karzai International Airport, but his title was Marine Corps Lance Corporal.
Many were quick to mock and criticize Boebert for the flub.
“Lt. Corporal is an EXTREMELY hard rank to get to,” one user joked.
“Either you made up this message, or the other wasn’t a true parent,” another user posited. “Never once did my parents not know my rank, let alone make up a rank that doesn’t exist.”
Either you made up this message, or the mother wasn’t a true parent. Never once didn’t my parents not know my rank, let alone make up a rank that doesn’t exist.
— Tom Hanson (@Thomas__Hanson) March 15, 2022
“You interrupted the father of an actual service member in order to humiliate yourself and your party and now you’re making up fake ranks in a desperate attempt to justify it,” someone else criticized.
You interrupted the father of an actual service member in order to humiliate yourself and your party and now you’re making up fake ranks in a desperate attempt to justify it.
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 15, 2022
Even Dictionary.com got in on the fun, tweeting, “Are you perhaps a member of Congress, but don’t know the difference between a lieutenant and a corporal? Here you go.”
Are you perhaps a member of Congress, but don’t know the difference between a lieutenant and a corporal? Here you go. https://t.co/xyfBOPHKSu
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) March 15, 2022