QAnon-linked Lauren Boebert wins her Colorado primary
It will be Lauren Boebert who goes into the election in Colorado in November after her surprise primary victory last night.
The owner of a gun-themed restaurant where staff carry their weapons as they serve customers, Boebert won after a campaign in which she accused five-term Rep. Scott Tipton of not being sufficiently pro-Donald Trump, even though the president had endorsed Tipton.
Boebert wrote in a recent Aspen Times column that “A sober look at the Tipton record shows a back-burner representative that has failed to live up to his conservative chops that he touted on his Tea Party-inspired campaign trail. If his record lived up to his campaign rhetoric, I wouldn’t feel so compelled to run.”
She made made a name for herself after loudly protesting Democratic Gov. Jared Polis’ orders to close businesses to fight the coronavirus pandemic. She opened her Shooters Grill restaurant in defiance of closure orders – county officials ended up having to to obtain a cease-and-desist letter from a district judge to shut her restaurant down.
She’s also spoken approvingly of the QAnon far-right conspiracy theory saying during an appearance on QAnon-aligned web show Steel Truth: “Everything that I’ve heard of Q, I hope that this is real because it only means that America is getting stronger and better, and people are returning to conservative values.”
Ann Vandersteel, who conducted the interview, tweeted in support of Boebert yesterday
Boebert will run in November’s general election against Diane Mitsch Bush, a former state lawmaker who won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday.
Tipton, who has been in office since 2011, conceded in an email “District Republicans have decided who they want to run against the Democrats this November. I want to congratulate Lauren Boebert and wish her and her supporters well.”
Colorado, Oklahoma and Utah held primaries yesterday. John Hickenlooper has held off Andrew Romanoff in the Colorado Democratic Senate Primary. Lauren Boebert has pulled off a surprise victory over five-term Representative Scott R. Tipton in Colorado’s Republican primary. She’s previously spoken approvingly about the QAnon conspiracy theory, and faced legal action after she refused to obey the state’s coronavirus restrictions
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