Rep. Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert, D-Mat., arrived to speak to a joint session of Congress with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and played with their phones.
ABC News’ Will Steakin tweeted:
During Zelensky’s speech, Matt Gates appears to be on the phone.
He just showed Lauren Boebert something.
— Will Steakine (@wsteaks) December 22, 2022
Garetz and Boebert also broke through Capitol Police security and refused to be screened.
The Independent (UK) reported that, “People saw Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert on the first floor of the Capitol walking down the hallway outside the House floor and they turned into the chamber. Before the door, two U.S. Capitol Police officers in suits stopped the couple and pointed to nearby metal detectors and told them to go through security before entering.”
Gaetz and Boebert responded by walking into the conference hall, ignoring security measures.
Gaetz and Boebert canceled a security check because a foreign head of state was speaking in Congress, then went into the speech and didn’t bother to pay attention to the speaker.
The behavior of the two Republicans is a disrespect to Zelensky and a disgrace to the United States. Guests of our country should be treated with respect.Rep. Gaetz and Boebert shouldn’t ignore a person’s plea while on their phone His country is fighting for survival.
America deserves better, but for at least the next two years, a troupe of embarrassing clowns will run the House.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a congressional correspondent for the White House Press Fellowship and PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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