On Wednesday, April 28, President Joe Biden gave an address before a special joint session of Congress.
Republican reactions to Biden's address were muted to say the least, but there was also one Congresswoman who made a point of being as noisy as possible.
In the middle of Biden's remarks, conspiracy theory supporting Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert of Colorado noisily unfurled a loud mylar blanket then made a point of playing on her phone.
You can see the moment here:
It was later revealed Boebert was trying to make a point about unaccompanied minors at the southern border.
The health and welfare of unaccompanied minors—children who arrive at the United States' border without any family—are the new hot button topic for the GOP. This comes after Republican silence while the Trump administration forcibly separated migrant children from their families for years without keeping records or setting up plans to reunite the families.
Boebert's only immediate impact was widespread mockery on Twitter.
.@laurenboebert opened a Mylar blanket on the floor, crinkling and making noise as it opened It was warmer than us… https://t.co/SsJcUIRGeB— Kasie Hunt (@Kasie Hunt)1619661575.0
Alright, so Lauren Boebert just sort of loudly opened a space blanket—like shook it free so that everyone could hea… https://t.co/Vh6eJAsyKj— Matt Fuller (@Matt Fuller)1619661214.0
@MEPFuller It's protection from Jewish space lasers, 5G, and implanted microchips.— Khashoggi’s Ghost (@Khashoggi’s Ghost)1619662643.0
Many people, referencing Boebert's belief in unfounded conspiracy theories, compared her blanket to a tinfoil hat.
@MEPFuller Obviously Boebert is wearing a space blanket to protect herself from electromagnetic hypersensitivity. https://t.co/beGnaTJXXz— Levi Fishman (@Levi Fishman)1619661879.0
So Lauren Boebert loudly unrolled a mylar blanket, chewed gum, and played on her phone while President Biden addres… https://t.co/esgW8DH2bS— Laura Chapin (@Laura Chapin)1619665215.0
Although Boebert may not agree with President Biden's views, such a show of disrespect was unnecesary.
It's a silly thing when a member of Congress makes a speech to their body using not just charts but props. But to… https://t.co/xubxQHWCV1— Just Wear The Damn Mask (@Just Wear The Damn Mask)1619704325.0
Or is she protecting herself from our Jewish space lasers just in case! https://t.co/B8dBHvrkxE— Mark S. Zaid (@Mark S. Zaid)1619703796.0
It's hard to make a cogent point about anything when you've already given everyone the impression you're unstable.
Lauren Boebert is proving that tinfoil hat wearers can accessorize. https://t.co/qMZSPzShb4— Mr. Newberger (@Mr. Newberger)1619695645.0
No it's just @mtgreenee tinfoil hat she left behind that became unraveled https://t.co/ijr4h6pqrw— Deven Nunez 'sex blimp' Cow (@Deven Nunez 'sex blimp' Cow)1619671459.0
https://t.co/jsa7QpeGWg https://t.co/gfUgdNIxAV— Anne Muntean (@Anne Muntean)1619665211.0
Many people online pointed out Boebert has no deep care for migrant detentions at the border.
She knows to succeed with her conservative base, she doesn't need to make any positive legislative changes.
She only needs to be seen disrespecting liberals, no matter how childish or petty.
@thehill Alternative Headline: “Conservative opponent of government spending utilizes space blanket invented at NAS… https://t.co/kuoL95vKpQ— Louis Grube (@Louis Grube)1619670342.0
@thehill Boebert takes out space blanket during Biden speech to draw attention to herself. Fixed it for you. She'… https://t.co/qQYDvOXGYr— Tim Shaw (@Tim Shaw)1619672343.0
Boebert wanted to be noticed during President Biden's speech and she got her wish.
But this may be a better case for being careful what you wish for than Boebert "owning the libs."