A few months back, it seems Lauren Boebert hit rock bottom with her comments.
Boebert, surely the bottom of the congressional barrel, expressed her excitement over former President Donald Trump’s indictments.
Boebert, not known for her measured insights, actually makes some good points — Trump’s latest indictment will boost his support – but in standard-Boebert-practice, she takes things too far, suggesting that the indictment “means [Trump] will win” in 2024.
Lauren Boebert, The Indictment and the Election
The 2024 election is still 15 months away. Nothing that happens now “means” anyone will win.
Fifteen months out from the 2020 election, no one in the United States had even heard of COVID-19, which of course completely dictated the campaign and the election itself. So, who knows what is going to happen between now and 2024. It’s unlikely that a new coronavirus will emerge to wreak havoc on society and our economy, but something seismic could certainly occur, shifting the balance one way or the other.
But the simple fact is that Trump does benefit from the indictments. He grows stronger every time some trigger-happy prosecutor drops charges. Trump’s donations increase. His polling improves. His base angers. Trump reminds me of X-Men character Sebastian Shaw, portrayed by Kevin Bacon in X-Men: First Class, who absorbs kinetic energy and then fires that kinetic energy back, as his own weapon, at his opponents. The indictments (or the impeachments or the scandals or the bad press) are the kinetic energy that Trump absorbs and then fires back at the Democrats with great lethality.
At the time months back, Lauren Boebert did say something mildly amusing and somewhat insightful while discussing the latest indictments with Newsmax (although Boebert’s credibility is completely shot having endorsed myriad conspiracy theories).
“This is election interference at its finest,” Boebert said. “The DOJ is no longer the Department of Justice. It’s the department of injustice and with this arraignment, Joe Biden, his DOJ, has officially become his new campaign headquarters, and Jack Smith is his new campaign manager.”
Okay, so Boebert hits at something pretty important here.
The DOJ is housed within the Executive Branch, which Biden oversees. And Biden’s primary political rival in the upcoming presidential election is Donald Trump. Biden’s DOJ is now prosecuting (in two separate matters) Biden’s primary political rival. That’s not quite right, is it. My question, which Boebert strikes at, is whether the DOJ’s prosecution is politically motivated. It’s certainly possible.
Is Trump being charged because he decided to run again in 2024, and because Trump is now the most viable GOP contender? Such a suggestion will be dismissed on the left as conspiracy talk. But the notion holds water. The indictments didn’t start rolling in until Trump had established himself as the clear-cut favorite in the GOP race.
But Jack Smith’s latest charges relate to January 6th, 2021. That was almost three years ago.
When you pair some of the questions being raised about the legal framework, and the timeliness, of Trump’s indictments, and you pair those questions with the fact that the same DOJ offered Biden’s son a plea deal that a federal judge tore up, it’s not a good look.
It lends credence to Trump’s long-promoted narrative about being the victim of an Establishment witch-hunt.
Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor and opinion writer 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.