Lauren Boebert challenges Madison Cawthorn to sprint during an interview on Newsmax
Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) challenged wheelchair-using GOP colleague Representative Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) to a "sprint" - with the winner getting Kyle Rittenhouse as their intern.
The bizarre moment happened during an interview on Newsmax where Boebert publicly celebrated Rittenhouse’s recent acquittal after he was charged for shooting three people, two of them fatally, last summer.
Journalist Aaron Rupar captured a clip from the interview and shared on Twitter, writing: “On Newsmax, Lauren Boebert challenges Madison Cawthorn to a sprint, with the winner getting to have Kyle Rittenhouse as their intern.”
On Newsmax, Lauren Boebert challenges Madison Cawthorn to a sprint, with the winner getting to have Kyle Rittenhous… https://t.co/fMt0cue2Hb
In the clip, Boebart tells host Sebastian Gorka, “Now I do have some colleagues on the Hill who have, just like me, offered Kyle Rittenhouse an internship in their office.”
She continued: “And Madison Cawthorn, he said that he would arm wrestle me for this Kyle Rittenhouse internship. But Madison Cawthorn has some pretty big guns, and so I would like to challenge him to a sprint instead.”
Laughing, she quipped: “Let’s make this fair!”
While the Colorado Representative seems to be for the most part joking, laughing at someone’s disability and disadvantages still rubbed many the wrong way online.
“So she thinks he's in a wheelchair every time they see each other as some kind of prank on her?,” wrote one stunned Twitter user.
@atrupar So she thinks he's in a wheelchair every time they see each other as some kind of prank on her? https://t.co/t40AMcon0G
“She challenges the dude in a wheelchair to a sprint. These are such classy people,” read one tweet.
@atrupar She challenges the dude in a wheelchair to a sprint. These are such classy people.
— Michael "a little stitious" Spencer (@Michael "a little stitious" Spencer)
Responding to a comment that chalked this up to simply a good ole joke between friends, one person said: “These are government officials, not a comedy show. They don’t make quadriplegic jokes. For that reason, there is something wrong with what she said. They make this country a bigger joke every time they open they’re low IQ mouths.”
@rikoruss31 @maggieNYT @DaveLapanDC @atrupar These are government officials, not a comedy show. They don’t make qua… https://t.co/9zfbAAGURa