Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) found herself in a heated discussion with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle over the next Speaker of the House, during which Ruhle shrugged off the Founding Fathers and asked the Colorado lawmaker why she can’t be more like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.). with whom Boebert has been in somewhat of a feud.
Boebert is one of a handful of Republicans who have steadfastly refused to back Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in his bid to become speaker.
Appearing Wednesday on “The 11th Hour,” Boebert, in an interview that lasted nearly 15 minutes, again voiced her reasons for rejecting McCarthy.
“We want to see change in Washington D.C., and we want to see policies that are passed that actually help the American people,” she said. “Look, Kevin McCarthy has been in leadership for 14 years. What does he have to show for that? We aren’t just electing somebody who can fund-raise and just rubberstamp him into office.”
“That’s not what I was elected to do,” Boebert argued. “What you’re seeing here is a constitutional republic at work. It may look messy, it may look chaotic. But this is us working, and actually using our votes. And I believe our Founding Fathers intended it to be this way.”
Constitution be damned, Ruhle was not impressed.
“Okay well our Founding Fathers aren’t here,” she shot back. “So let’s get real and let’s get practical. You can say what you believe—”
“Our constitution is though,” Boebert interjected with her characteristically sarcastic flair, “so that’s good.”
In reply, Ruhle bizarrely quoted Whitney Houston, seemingly pleased with herself for managing to work the deceased singer into the conversation.
“I believe children are our future, teach them well, and let them lead the way,” Ruhle retorted. “That’s a song.”
“You’re backing a guy with 20 votes,” the host continued. “Is he getting to 218 tomorrow? People who are silently cheering him on will not help when they round everybody up and ask for a vote tomorrow.”
Boebert answered, “I do believe that we are seeing growing opposition to Kevin McCarthy. They’ve heard the conversations that happened when our Republican conference is gathered. They’re very disappointed in some of the things that have been said by our current leadership. And they are waiting for the time to be right. And I believe you will see that increased opposition.”
“And I’m here for it,” she continued. “As long as it takes, we are going to get this right. Look, we took the House, and we are ready to lead effectively. But we have to have the right tools and the right leadership to do just that.”
Unable to rattle the Rep. with ’80s music references, Ruhle tried to pull Boebert into a “Mean Girls” moment with a reference to the lawmaker’s frenemy, Greene, who recently blasted Boebert for her refusal to support McCarthy.
“She gladly takes our $$$ but when she’s been asked: Lauren refuses to endorse President Trump, she refuses to support Kevin McCarthy, and she childishly threw me under the bus for a cheap sound bite,” Greene tweeted last month. “The country is facing extremely difficult times. Americans expect conservative fighters like us to work together to Save America and that is the only mission I’m 100% devoted to, not high school drama and media sound bites.”
Ruhle noted that “most Republicans are with” McCarthy.
“I mean, half the Freedom Caucus is. It wasn’t like he came out of nowhere. He got the nomination from Republicans resoundingly in November,” she told Boebert. “Why wouldn’t you take the route of, say, Marjorie Taylor Greene, who shares much of your ideology, take the win, get practical, get yourself on a bunch of committees, and actually do something to set policy?”
Again, Boebert side-stepped Ruhle’s desire to spark a viral moment, responding instead, “We are absolutely in the works of doing something to set policy.”
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