ORLANDO, Fla. — Freshman firebrand Congresswoman Lauren Boebert drew cheers at CPAC Saturday after saying she was no fan of the continued security around Washington, D.C. — and “Fort Pelosi.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we start quartering soldiers in the committee hearing rooms,” Boebert said during a gun-rights panel at the annual GOP confab.
“There’s plenty in the parking garages at Fort Pelosi. Maybe we can start unreasonably seizing and searching members of Congress. Oh, wait, we’re already doing that in House chambers,” she added.
National Guard troops and barricades have been a mainstay in the Capitol since the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. A growing number of lawmakers have begun to question the optics of the continued security measures.
Boebert, who has stirred ire among Democrats (and the Capitol Police) for her insistence on carrying a weapon, said she had since received a concealed carry permit in the Capitol.
The panel was hosted by NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, who noted wryly that it was the first time she wasn’t the most controversial speaker on stage.
Just before Boebert, CPACers heard from former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was introduced by his son Nick. The elder Pompeo — who is rumored to harbor presidential ambitions — mostly used his time to praise President Trump and revel in his career highlights.
“We were told you can’t move the United States embassy to Jerusalem There will be war. Well we did and there was not a war,” he said to applause. “How many of you remember Qasem Soleimani. Allah rest his soul … In the end he didn’t cause trouble for America or anyone else ever again.”
Pompeo frequently paused to bask in applause and occasionally clap for himself. He also offered shots at Democrats and Joe Biden, and took a veiled swipe at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez over what he said was imminent spending cuts to national defense.
“They’re going to trade army green for AOC green,” he said.