Lauren Boebert is a Republican member of Congress representing the Third Congressional District in Colorado. Boebert was elected in 2020 and has been serving since January of 2021. She is running for reelection in November of 2022.
During her political career and before that in her private life, Boebert has been involved in several scandals and controversies.
Boebert has supported conspiracy theories like QAnon, been arrested multiple times, affiliated herself with extremist militias, and was connected with the January 6 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
The following is a comprehensive guide to the scandals and controversies that Boebert has been involved in.
Capitol Riot Connections
Boebert Went To Border With Capitol Rioter Anthony Aguero. “Anthony Aguero, a close ally of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene can be seen in videos and photos with Republican members of Congress who traveled to a route along the border frequented by migrants on Tuesday night. CNN’s KFile previously reported that Aguero went into the Capitol during the January 6 riot and cheered and justified the break-in.” [CNN]
COVID-19 Delta Variant
Boebert claimed the way to defeat the COVID-19 Delta Variant was to turn off CNN and “vote Republican.” After she made the tweet, she deleted it.
Pelosi Gunshot Video
Boebert released a video criticizing Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Capitol Police for erecting fences around the Capitol due to ongoing threats from pro-Trump elements like the people who attacked it in January 2021.
At the end of the video, a gunshot can be heard. Many said they took the gunshot as a threat directed either toward Speaker Pelosi or President Joe Biden.
Boebert has expressed support for the debunked QAnon conspiracy theory, which falsely alleges that celebrities and politicians are involved in a child sex trafficking ring.
Boebert told a QAnon radio host, “I hope that [QAnon] is real because it only means America is getting stronger and better.” She also told the host she was “very familiar” with the conspiracy theory.
Her official YouTube account subscribed to various QAnon YouTube channels.
On January 6 2021, Boebert praised the “Stop the Steal” protest outside the Capitol, tweeting, “This is 1776.”
When pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol, Boebert used her Twitter account to discuss Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s location. Pelosi was one of the targets of the attackers, who sought to overturn the results of the 2020 election in favor of the loser, Donald Trump.
Just a few days after the attack, Boebert released a video making arguments similar to the insurrectionists, claiming Democrats would “use these recent events to do what they’ve always done and consolidate more power in D.C.”
Boebert Rallied With Three Percenter Militia
Boebert rallied and was photographed alongside members of the Three Percenter militia. The Three Percenters have been affiliated with white supremacist groups and oppose any gun violence prevention legislation.
Boebert participated with the group at an event called “We Will Not Comply!” which stood in opposition to Colorado red flag lies, which allows a judge to temporarily remove a firearm from someone who is determined to be a danger to themselves or others.
Lie About Death Outside Shooters’ Grill
Boebert has repeatedly claimed that “an altercation outside of my restaurant where a man was physically beat to death” without a weapon, and that led her to start carrying a gun around (Boebert is extremely pro-gun).
But the details of the story were not true. Anthony Green is the name of the man who died on Aug. 22, 2013. But police records show Green died from a drug overdose, not being beaten like Boebert claimed. And the death occurred several blocks away from Boebert’s restaurant, not outside like she claimed.
The Washington Post described Boebert’s account as a “tall tale” and their fact checker awarded her “three Pinocchios” for the lie, concluding, “Over and over, Boebert says she started allowing her staff to carry guns after a man was killed outside her restaurant. But we’ve obtained police and coroner reports that show her story is mainly fiction.”
D.C. Gun Video
Boebert posted a video showing her carrying her gun on the streets of Washington, D.C. and claiming, “I will carry my Glock to Congress.”
Laws in Washington severely regulate how firearms can be transported on federal property.
After Boebert’s video was released, DC police chief Robert Contee told reporters, “What I will say to that is there are no exceptions in the District of Columbia, with the exception of being able to carry on U.S. Capitol Police property.”
He also noted: “We plan to reach out to the congresswoman’s office to make sure that she is aware what the laws of the District of Columbia are, what the restrictions are.”
Promoted Support From White Supremacist
Boebert’s campaign touted support she received from far-right white supremacist and anti-immigration activist former Rep. Tom Tancredo. Boebert said she was “thrilled to earn his endorsement” and Tancredo recorded a radio commercial for Boebert’s campaign.
Boebert has been arrested several times, accumulating what the conservative NY Post described as a “rap sheet unusually long for a member of Congress.”
May 2004: Boebert was charged with third-degree assault, criminal mischief, and underage drinking. The police report says she had an altercation with her then-boyfriend Jayson Boebert at his house. According to the report, Lauren Bobert slashes his face and chest and trashed his home. The couple later married in 2005.
September 2010: Boebert was arrested after a neighbor accused her of allowing her two pit bulls to attack his dog. She pleaded guilty to the charge of “dog at large” and paid a fine.
June 2015: Boebert was cuffed and accused of disorderly conduct at a music festival near Grand Junction, CO. Police say Boebert attempted to interfere in the arrest of minors who had been caught drinking underage.
December 2015: Boebert was arrested after missing two court appearances related to her June arrest.
September 2016: Boebert was charged with careless driving and operating an unsafe vehicle. She rolled her truck into a ditch, triggering the charges. Boebert failed to appear in court on the charge and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She ultimately pleaded guilty to operating an unsafe vehicle.
Lauren Boebert mugshot for her 2016-17 charges:
Minor Carried Firearm At Boebert’s Restaurant
A 17-year-old minor who worked at Boebert’s restaurant, Shooters Grill, wore a gun on her hip. In a television interview she said, “I can carry at work because it’s Lauren’s private property. And she allows me to.”
Despite the claim, Colorado laws ban minors from possessing a handgun.
Jayson Boebert Indecent Exposure Arrest
Jayson Boebert was reportedly arrested January 28 2004 and accused of exposing his penis to a minor woman under 16 years old. According to the police report of the arrest the incident occurred outside Rifle Fireside Lanes Bowling Alley.
The report says that the minor and another woman were standing at a snack bar and discussing their tattoos. The report said Boebert overheard them and approached, then told them he had a tattoo on his genitals. They turned their backs to ignore him and the report says Boebert came up behind them, unzipped his pants and pulled his penis out to display his shaft to them.
The report says the women reported Boebert to the owner of the bowling alley, who asked him to leave but he would not. Police were then called to respond. On the report one of the officers says he detected the smell of alcohol on Boebert’s breath during the arrest.
Jayson Boebert was charged with “indecent exposure.”
Lauren Boebert was named in the police report as one of Jayson Boebert’s purported victims, using her maiden name, Lauren Opal Roberts.
Many people referenced her husband’s arrest in February 2021 when Lauren Boebert floated untrue smears alleging pedophilia by Democrats.
Guns On Bookshelf
Boebert posed in front of a bookshelf holding her assault rifles during a congressional hearing (the hearing was conducted via Zoom during the coronavirus pandemic). The guns were not properly secured.
Attack On Mail-In Voting
Boebert attacked the vote by mail provisions of the 2021 For the People Act, but her state of Colorado votes by mail, and Boebert’s 2020 win came via mail-in votes.
COVID Regulation Restraining Order
Boebert was served with a restraining order by authorities in Garfield County, Colorado, after she continued to serve in-person diners at her restaurant despite COVID-19 restrictions.
Shooters Grill was cited with “ongoing violations of the statewide Safer at Home order.”
2020 Election Obstruction
Boebert was one of several Republicans who stood in opposition to the certification of the 2020 election results. She falsely claimed that “several states” had conducted their elections in a way that “violated” the Constitution.
The same argument was made in several federal courts and to the Supreme Court by lawyers for the Republican Party and Donald Trump. None of those arguments were accepted, even from federal judges appointed by Trump.
Mocking School Shooting Victim
Boebert mocked a survivor of the 2018 Parkland school shooting.
Lashing out at David Hogg, Boebert tweeted, “Give your keyboard a rest, child.”
Boebert was defending videos of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene harassing Hogg as he lobbied for gun safety laws after the shooting.
Voter Registration Falsehoods
Boebert has frequently claimed that she grew up in a Democratic household then switched to become a conservative Republican.
But her voter registration shows that when her mother first registered to vote she was already a Republican. She later switched to Democrat, then back.
Mileage Reimbursement Scandal
Boebert’s campaign personally reimbursed her for more than $32,000 after the campaign was over, largely purportedly for mileage traveled during the campaign.
But independent calculations have noted that Boebert would have had to travel over 30,000 miles to incur the mileage she was paid for.
Former Rep. Scott Tipton, who held Boebert’s seat before, reimbursed himself for $5,000 less in travel expenses than Boebert — over the course of 10 years in Congress.
The disclosure of the payments led a watchdog group to call for an investigation into Boebert’s spending.
“Rep. Boebert’s curious campaign travel expenses warrant an immediate investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US.
Liens Against Shooter’s Grill
Boebert had eight liens filed against her restaurant by the state of Colorado for the failure pay premiums on unemployment insurance for her staff.
Going back to 2013, Boebert owed $19,552 in unpaid premiums, including $5,380 in penalties and $3,556 in interest.