AOC slams Boebert for calling for end to jobless benefits

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AOC slams Boebert for calling for end to jobless benefits

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a shot at a Colorado Republican congresswoman who urged the government to end extra jobless benefits, saying Rep. Lauren Boebert was spouting “good ol conservative values.”

“Tell ‘em loud and proud girl! GOP will strip your unemployment protections and dismantle any semblance of a public safety net we have left!,” the New York Democrat said on Twitter Saturday evening.

“Then make working people pay way more for everything on low wages while Wall St gets a meal ticket! Good ol conservative values baby!,” she added.

Boebert, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, drew cheers when she blasted the Biden administration’s coronavirus relief plan and its response to the pandemic.

Rep. Lauren Boebert.
Rep. Lauren Boebert lashed out at the Biden administration’s pandemic response and coronavirus restriction.
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“We’re here to tell the government we don’t want your benefits, we don’t want your welfare. Don’t come knocking on my door with your Fauci ouchie, you leave us the hell alone,” Boebert said, referring to Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is one of the top advisers to the White House on COVID-19.

Boebert also lashed out at the administration’s coronavirus restrictions, which she has staunchly opposed.

“We’ve been living under tyrannical rule that wants to keep us separated. Keep us isolated. Keep us locked down and muzzle our children,” Boebert said. “That is not the American dream and we are fighting to expose their agenda and make sure we have these God-given rights that’s guaranteed to us not by corrupt politicians but by God almighty.”

President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, passed by Congress in March, offers $300 in enhanced unemployment benefits weekly until September.

But a number of Republican governors have ended those benefits early because they say the extra funds are keeping unemployed Americans from taking jobs, leaving businesses struggling to find help.

Boebert singled out Ocasio-Cortez in her 2020 Republican primary run against incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Rep. Lauren Boebert singled out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her 2020 Republican primary run.
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“I’m absolutely running against her,” Boebert said, adding “I am ready to be the one that steps up for conservative values and takes on AOC.”

Former President Donald Trump will address CPAC later Sunday afternoon.

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