Rep. Boebert: ‘Fake Handcuffs Make for a Good Photo Op’ – But, They Don’t Do These 13 Things People Actually Care About

Craig Bannister | July 20, 2022 | 4:29pm EDT
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Rep. Lauren Boebert
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“Fake handcuffs make for a good photo op, but they don’t benefit the American people. Fake handcuffs only benefit those who pretend to wear them,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) said Wednesday, in a House floor speech chiding Tuesday’s publicity stunt by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (R-N.Y.).

The day after Rep. Ocasio-Cortez pretended for the cameras to be wearing handcuffs as police led her out of the street she was blocking in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Rep. Boebert used a minute of floor-time to note that the stunt did nothing to solve the problems faced by the American people.

Rep. Boebert listed 13 things that “fake handcuffs don’t” do:

  • Close the southern border,
  • Lower gas prices,
  • Curb inflation,
  • Harden the supply chain,
  • Put baby formula on our shelves,
  • Deter Russia,
  • Fix our broken, weak Reputation across the globe,
  • Fix our education system,
  • Protect our students from CRT and grooming,
  • Create opportunities to lift communities out of poverty,
  • Increase domestic energy,
  • Increase recruitment for our military
  • Solve a single problem the American people care about

“Mr. Speaker, this body should be delivering solutions for the American people – not fake handcuffs,” Boebert said.

“And – without restraint – I yield back,” the congresswoman concluded.


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