Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert on Thursday celebrated Republican victories following historic elections earlier this week by wearing her version of an elegant party dress similar to one worn previously by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
To mock Ocasio-Cortez’s “Tax the Rich” dress, Boebert’s red dress was emblazoned with “Let’s Go, Brandon,” a phrase made popular on the right as a cleaner, less derogatory way to push back on President Joe Biden’s policies.
Boebert posted what appears to be a photoshopped picture of her in the dress standing next to former President Donald Trump, who is giving his signature “thumbs-up” gesture.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) November 5, 2021
“It’s not a phrase, it’s a movement,” Boebert wrote in her post.
The feisty Colorado freshman has been a staunch and vocal critic of Democrats in their effort to push through Biden’s increasingly far-left agenda, telling Fox News in October that “the American people aren’t buying” his “fast-track to socialism.”
In a sense, her words proved to be prophetic on Tuesday as Republicans made election gains in blue states like Virginia, New York, and her own state of Colorado and the statewide and local levels.
The GOP is viewing those victories as a referendum on the Biden administration, which has overseen steep rises in gas, food, and energy costs, an illegal migrant crisis, a disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, and the Justice Department targeting parents who attend school board meetings, noting that the Democratic Party does not have much political sway outside deep blue districts.
The most significant wins Tuesday came in Virginia, where Republicans swept the governorship, the lieutenant governorship, and the office of attorney general — the first three Republicans to win statewide office there since 2009.
Glenn Youngkin defeated Democratic contender and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, while Winsome Sears won the Lt. governor’s race and Jason Miyares defeated two-term incumbent Mark Herring.
As for Ocasio-Cortez, she said during a red carpet interview that she and the designer, Aurora James, talked about “what it means to be working-class women of color at the Met,” though as a U.S. representative, “AOC,” as she is known, earns a salary of $174,000 per year and a host of taxpayer-paid perks and benefits; the mean average wage for U.S. workers in 2019 was around $39,810.
“And we said, we can’t just play along, but we need to break the fourth wall and challenge some of the institutions, and while the Met is known for its spectacle, we should have a conversation about it,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Democrats have been unable to pass Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda, which includes trillions of new spending on social welfare, climate change, and infrastructure. The party has been frustrated by its own, more moderate, members including Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
Some House Democrat moderates have also voiced concerns about the price tag.
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