MAGA’s most ardent congressional supporters, Representatives Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene, have both (accidentally) hit demagogic leader Donald Trump with friendly fire in recent weeks.
The Boebert Incident
Boebert’s incident occurred during an Oversight Committee hearing on the Office of Personnel Management. Boebert was questioning OPM’s director, Kiran Ahuja, about “more than 25 percent of federal employees not logging into work” while teleworking.
Ahuja pushed back, prompting Boebert to say “it’s in this leaked document, right here, that we just submitted into the record.” Ahuja retorted: “You’re basing that from 2020, which is in the last administration, and I can’t speak to that.”
The last administration, of course, was Donald Trump’s administration.
The document Boebert cited was an internal Department of Health and Human Services document (reportedly leaked) showing that, “on average,” HHS employees were not using their official Office 365 emails from March to December 2020.
“Boebert grew frustrated when Ahuja could not immediately provide more recent data,” Business Insider reported. “The Colorado Republican then tried to point to the Trump-era document as evidence that federal workers are currently abusing remote work policies by “claiming they are teleworking and instead they are spending all day at a swim-up bar in Cabo.”
Boebert’s line of inquiry speaks to the heart of this conservative ethos where everyone needs to work their ass off all the time – and to this conservative perception that the liberal ethos is to slack off persistently while still expecting handouts.
The conservative work ethos, and the perception of the liberal work ethos, have become more relevant during the pandemic and the rise of teleworking, as Boebert’s inquiry suggests. But the same sentiments are lingering beneath the surface of so many political debates, like, what should we do about entitlements, or what should our tax rate be?
Boebert’s line of inquiry is meant to reinforce the idea that conservatives show up to work hard and expect nothing in return, while liberals expect to kind of, maybe telework while collecting a fat government paycheck.
It’s a characterization and her attempt to provide supporting evidence invalidates the characterization – she’s indicting Trump workers, not Biden workers.
In sum, the incident amounts to a minor burn against the Trump administration – but a moderate burn against Boebert herself who has supplied plenty of reasons to question her competence.
The Greene Incident
MTG’s incident doesn’t speak to some greater debate on work-life balance, or anything so profound. Still, it’s a similar example of an attempt to burn the Biden administration resulting in a burn against the Trump administration.
The incident: during a hearing on the deaths of two brothers, who died using fentanyl, Greene blamed the Biden administration. Problem is, the brothers died in July 2020 – when Trump was president.
Biden himself commented on MTG’s mix-up. “Isn’t she amazing,” Biden said. “Whew!”
MTG was no doubt trying to frame Biden, and liberals in general, as soft on drugs, soft on crime, et cetera, et cetera.
But substance abuse is an issue that has transcended party lines, afflicting red states and blue states, Republican administrations, and Democratic administrations.
Regardless, MTG’s attempt to leverage the deaths of two brothers into a partisan political burn blows up in her face.
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Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison listens to Dokken.
March 12, 2023 at 11:34 am
It’s no surprise to me that Greene and Boebert are ill informed about much of anything! Their entire agendas are to prove they are correct in that Democrats are wrong about everything and they know what the truth and Republicans is or MAGAites are right about everything! They are ridiculous and an embarrassment to U.S. Politics!
March 12, 2023 at 1:21 pm
I think they were all hit by one of them-there space lasers.
March 12, 2023 at 1:43 pm
I watch congressional hearings all the time. There are errors all the time.
These 2 made unforced errors. It happens. Tell me federal and state workers are not abusing work from home opportunities. Please. Tell me so I can keep laughing at you.
You see that hearing where the FBI were asked if they had undercover agents at Jan 6? Did you see what they said? “I CAN’T ANSWER THAT”
You’re worried about this drivel? Why don’t you write about how the DOJ and FBI OBVIOUSLY INCITED THE “VIOLENCE” at the capital and aren’t denying it.
That’s the real story. This Biden administration is an abortion.
March 12, 2023 at 8:38 pm
GhostTomahawk found the real conspiracy! /s
March 12, 2023 at 9:30 pm
This is the best you can come up with while ignoring the recurring idotic statements of bidumb, AOC, KJP, and their cohort? Did you see the embarrassingly stupid attempt by House dems to discredit two LIBERAL, but refreshingly honest, journalists who exposed fascistic attempts by the current regieme to suppress the truth about covid vax and Jan 6, as well as ignoring Afghanistan, CCP payoffs to government officials (I wonder who?) and a multitudes of other scandals leading to the fatal destruction of the US under the current leadership.
And, BTW, the 100K fentanyl deaths during the CURRENT administration were too hard for you to miss, as are terrorists and criminal gangs crossing the border, self inflicted inflation,impending bankruptcy rapidly approaching for the US, and our democrat led debt imperiling our USD reserve status.
Lauren Boebert and MTG are bright as well as right. We need a national divorce from the likes of you. I would advise Cuba for a refreshing break from JudeoChristian America, the creed that led to the greatest and most benevolent, though flawed, country in world history,and leave America to the people that love it and respect its values.
March 13, 2023 at 10:23 am
I don’t care for Trump, but he is not a demagogue.
March 17, 2023 at 10:03 am
I am everything MAGAts hate and fear, and I am proud. I don’t much care for many of the Democrats in office, including Biden, but the sheer stupidity and nastiness of Boebert and Greeene make me sick. Who follows around a kid who has been through a school shooting, taunting him? Greene is also an extreme anti-semite who needs censure. I’m Jewish, and I’ve never even seen a space laser. All kidding aside, the MAGA vision for America is not a place I want to be.
March 17, 2023 at 9:47 pm
i will be the 1st to say that the current administration is responsible for current problems. But the trump administration, though taking some blame was misdirected all thru the presidency by democrat based riots and bad policies of paying prisoners stimulus money to coersing with trump stimulus funds to advertise against him fund dem news stations with bad news, impeachment for things that never happened and funding television with ethnic content that is offensive to most americans
March 19, 2023 at 6:42 am
How the heck does that make them any different from all the rest of the riff raff that calls themselves the Congress???
March 19, 2023 at 8:28 am
This article is written reads like it was written by a 7th grader.
March 27, 2023 at 5:27 pm
Yeah, my fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.