Described as fiery and passionate, Representative Lauren Boebert argued against counting Arizona’s electoral votes on the House floor during the first round of debate on January 6.
The freshman Republican congresswoman from Rifle, Colorado, argued that the electoral votes from Arizona should not be counted because the state violated the Constitution by extending the voter registration deadline through judicial decree from an Obama-appointed judge. The Constitution requires that election laws be decided by the state legislature.
“Madame Speaker,” Boebert said, “my primary objection to the counting of electoral votes of the state of Arizona is based on the Constitution.”
“This is completely indefensible,” she added. “You cannot change the rules of an election while it is underway and expect the American people to trust it.”
Representative Boebert was one of the last House members to speak during the debate before protestors stormed the Capitol and lawmakers had to be ushered out to a secure location.
I love watching all the Republicans speaking but this one by @LaurenBoebert really hit hard. She just got there, so she's still one of us. Some people said she was yelling. We're ALL yelling! This isn't a time for a cute and quiet speech. pic.twitter.com/Ae8ER9v3EH
— Errol Webber For CA Governor (@ErrolWebber) January 6, 2021
“Either we have laws or we do not,” Boebert stated. “If we allow state election laws as set forth by the state legislatures to be ignored and manipulated on a whim by partisan lawsuits, unelected bureaucrats, unlawful procedures and arbitrary rules, then our constitutional republic ceases to exist.”
Boebert, who was sworn into office on Sunday, announced weeks ago that she planned to object to certification of Joe Biden’s victory. She is also widely known as the Second Amendment activist who has vowed to wear her handgun at the Capitol and on the streets of Washington, D.C., despite the strict gun laws in the area.
“To ease everyone’s nerves, I want you to know that I’m not here to challenge anyone to a duel like Alexander Hamilton or Aaron Burr,” Boebert said at the start of her speech.
With her voice rising in a way some have called shouting, and others have called passionate and fiery, Boebert spoke of the voters she represents, and the obligation she feels to them.
“Madame Speaker, I have constituents outside this building right now. I promised my voters to be their voice in this branch of government which I now serve. It is my separate but equal obligation to weigh in on this election and object. Are we not a government of, by and for the people? They know that this election is not right, and as their representative I am sent here to represent them, I will not allow the people to be ignored,” she said.
In her closing statements, Boebert accused lawmakers opposed to the objection of siding “with the extremist left,” and against election integrity.
“The members who stand here today and accept the results of this concentrated, coordinated partisan effort by Democrats — where every fraudulent vote canceled out the vote of an honest American — have sided with the extremist left. The United States Congress needs to make an informed decision and that starts with his objection,” she concluded.