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Rep. Lauren Boebert asked Jews visiting the Capitol if they were doing ‘reconnaissance’

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Rep. Lauren Boebert asked Jews visiting the Capitol if they were doing ‘reconnaissance’

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), who has a history of backing conspiracy theories and inciting religious attacks, asked a group of Jews visiting the U.S. Capitol on Thursday if they were there to do of “recognition,” BuzzFeed News reported. .

According to those present for the chat, Boebert passed the group, some of whom wore yarmulkes and had traditional Orthodox beards, outside an elevator and looked them ‘from head to toe’ before making the remark. .

A rabbi from the group, who was there for a meeting with Rep. Thomas Suozzi (DN.Y.), told BuzzFeed News he was “very confused” and “not sure if he was offended or not” by the question. .

“When I heard that, I actually turned to the person standing next to me and said, ‘Did you just hear that?'” he said, noting that Jews have been “very sensitive” to possible anti-Semitism, especially on the heels. of a hostage-taking at a Texas synagogue last weekend.

Reconnaissance generally refers to military forces exploring an area in order to gain information about enemy forces.

Boebert told BuzzFeed she simply “saw a large group and made a joke” related to the controversy over a nighttime Capitol tour she led before the building was stormed on January 6, 2021. Angry against news coverage of a band tour, Boebert said at the time that “no reconnaissance tour had taken place”.

As for his remark on Thursday, Boebert told BuzzFeed News that some people there “got it” and knew it was a joke.

“I’m too small to see anyone’s yarmulke,” she added.

She did not immediately respond to requests from HuffPost that she expand on the “appreciation” remark.

Suozzi told BuzzFeed News following the incident that lawmakers have a responsibility to be careful about the words they use.

“The bottom line is that everyone, especially members of Congress, needs to be very, very thoughtful in the language they use,” he said. “Because when you’re a member of Congress, you have an important role to play in society. You can’t be cavalier about your comments, especially if they could be perceived as anti-Semitic or discriminatory.

Boebert hasn’t been shy about making religious slurs in the past and has repeatedly called Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who is Muslim, a member of the “jihad team,” comparing her to a terrorist Islamic.

She also promoted conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election and the QAnon movement, insisting that many Democrats would soon be arrested for widespread corruption.

Rep. Lauren Boebert asked Jews visiting the Capitol if they were doing ‘reconnaissance’

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