Once again Republicans are showing off their ignorance when it comes to trans issues, and when it comes to simple facts about grammar.
“My pronouns are ‘patriot,’” Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert tweeted. It’s not so much a joke as a Twitter draft, but she seemed pretty proud of it. We hope she’s not offended by our use of she/her pronouns in this piece, but we don’t really believe she means a single thing she says.
The internet, of course, reacted as it does to buffoonery of this kind.
“You misspelled ’ethnonationalist’” was a common refrain from Twitter users. Boebert has embraced many far-right positions, promoted QAnon conspiracy theories, and supported the January 6 insurrection by tweeting out “Today is 1776,” likening the event to the American Revolutionary War.
Writer Sam Stefanak pointed out that this is a common tactic among the GOP today. “Being a modern Republican means your job is just to tweet things like ‘Mr. Potato Head is a MAN and I will prove it by having sex with him in front of my husband!’” he tweeted.
Others mocked her for not understanding grammar while pretending to be “protecting” it. “I’m guessing you were not very good at Mad Libs,” CNN analyst Asha Rangappa replied. If Boebert thinks patriot is a pronoun, one has to wonder what her idea of an adverb is.
Another Twitter user was less polite. “Patriot is a noun,” they tweeted. “You are dumb as a rock, offensive and inexcusable. You are an embarrassment to congress. And that is putting it politely.”
One of the most outstanding tweets is the one that retweeted Boebert’s as “me when I failed English.” Twitter’s got jokes today!
This is far from the first time the Republican from Colorado has embarrassed herself when talking about issues around gender and sexuality. On Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast earlier this month she claimed the Equality Act, which would offer antidiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people nationally, isn’t about equality at all.
“If anything it’s supremacy of gays, lesbians, and transvestites,” she said. “This is what it’s about, it’s about putting them higher than anyone else.”
One user asked if this was Boebert’s way of coming out as nonbinary. If it is, congratulations to patriot.