WASHINGTON — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) says it’s right-wing Republicans like Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) who want to take the Christ out of Christmas.
AOC trashed Boebert for posting a snapshot of her four young sons holding semi-automatic weapons in front of the family Christmas tree.
“Tell me again where Christ said ‘use the commemoration of my birth to flex violent weapons for personal political gain’?” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.
Boebert wasted no time hitting back, accusing AOC of “attacking my boys with their Christmas presents. Not a good look, Sandy ... ”
The snapshot echoed a similar photo posted by fellow GOP Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) last week.
“No spare ammo for you, though,” Boebert jokingly replied to Massie.
The Twitter feud is the latest outburst in the nation’s culture wars between AOC’s so-called Squad of progressive women and a group of outspoken right-wing supporters of former President Trump that includes Boebert.
The photos are particularly distressing after a Michigan teenager used a similar weapon that his parents bought him as an early Christmas present to carry out a rampage at his suburban Detroit high school, killing four classmates.
AOC accused the GOP of hypocrisy for the perennial claim that Democrats “take Christ out of Christmas” while ignoring the true non-violent meaning of Jesus’s story.
“All the years Republicans spent on cultural hysteria of (the meaning of) Christmas ... when they’re doing that fine all on their own,” she tweeted.
Boebert is still under fire for a separate incident in which she suggested Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of only two Muslim women in Congress, should be treated as a suspected suicide bomber.
Democrats are still waffling over if, when, and how to punish Boebert for her Islamophobic outburst.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has dodged questions about the issue, suggesting that it’s the job of Republican leaders to police their more radical members.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) says he expects Boebert “is going to be held accountable” one way or the other.
“At some point, I think the House as a whole is going to have to act,” Jeffries said.
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