U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert is not giving up her pistols or her protein. In a social media post, the first-term Colorado Republican and restaurant owner made it abundantly evident that she has no plans to add synthetic meat to the menu.
In context, she tweeted out a picture of an appetizing rib-eye steak along with a rhetorical challenge that read “Come and take it, Bill” which is a callback to the catchphrase often used by gun rights activists. The “Bill” is apparently Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder and climate change activist who is championing lab-grown beef.
A Twitter user subsequently discovered that Boebert apparently downloaded the photo from the Internet rather than posting an image from her own refrigerator. Democrats will probably demand a full investigation into this scandal.
According to at least one Twitter user, Boebert took the image in question from the website of the Lobel family butcher shop based in New York.
Setting aside just for the moment whether Boebert asked permission to use the image first, in terms of the pro-carnivore messaging, what difference, at this point, does it make (as Hillary Clinton might say)? Or, as others have quipped, where’s the beef?
You don't even have it to be taken away. You stole this image from a New York butcher's website. https://t.co/PDt0ey0mLh
— Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) February 17, 2021
The Lobel company seems to have confirmed that she used the image without permission.
We’ve reached out to Lauren about the unauthorized use of our photo, but we haven’t heard back yet. @Twitter doesn’t seem to have a way to report a post for copyright violation
— Lobel’s of New York (@LobelsSince1840) February 17, 2021
Pro-gun Boebert, whose aptly named restaurant ‘Shooters Grill’ is interestingly enough located in the town of Rifle, Colo., was apparently reacting to a statement made by greenhouse-gas-foe Gates — who is promoting a book called “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” — in an interview with MIT Technology Review.
“I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time,” Gates claimed.
Influencers who favor consuming real animal products on the basis of their nutritional content have insisted, however, that when done correctly, cattle ranching and so forth is sustainable.
Boebert initially came to national prominence when she confronted then-presidential candidate and gun control advocate Beto O’Rourke in September 2019. “I am here to say: Hell, no, you’re not,” she told the Texas Democrat referring back to his “hell yes” vow at a presidential debate question on whether, if elected, he would take guns like the AR-15 away from law-abiding citizens.
‘Hell no, you’re not!’ Woman at town hall confronts Beto on plans to take her gun https://t.co/fSidDqkhMj pic.twitter.com/CIMBXKDJ93
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 20, 2019
“I have four children, I am 5-foot-0, 100 pounds, I cannot really defend myself with a fist,” she continued. “I want to know how you’re going to legislate that because a criminal breaks the law, so all you’re going to do is restrict law-abiding citizens, like myself. Self-defense is a right that we have that shall not be infringed in America.”
Boebert is one of an unprecedent number of high-energy, and sometimes controversial pro-Trump female Republicans who won seats in Congress in Election 2020, an outcome that continues to be dismaying to the left.
Predictably, liberal Twitter mocked Rep. Boebert for this red meat transgression, but a few others dissented.
So how did our ancestors survive??? Synthetic beef and faux fur? I don’t think so . . . If our ancestors subscribed to these asinine principles none of us would be here today. Seriously. Think about it! The lunacy of this amazes me!
— TheRealJennKunsch (@KunschThe) February 17, 2021
Have you ever heard of ocrasio Cortez, aka lady boot straps? Or Hank “the island will capsize” Johnson? You go…you know..the thing. C’mon man. That’s where the dumbing down is coming from.
— Mister Castle (aka Dyllan Hunnt) (@Mister_Castle1) February 16, 2021
Oh no, not a stock image 🙄
— David Lee (@dluongTech) February 18, 2021
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