MPs Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert arrived at a joint session of Congress to address Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and played on their cell phones.
ABC News’ Will Steakin tweeted:
Matt Gaetz appears to be on his phone during Zelenskyy’s speech.
He just showed Lauren Boebert something.
— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) December 22, 2022
Garetz and Boebert also blew through Capitol Police security and refused to be screened.
The Independent (UK) reported: “Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert were seen on the first floor of the Capitol building walking down a hallway outside the home as they headed straight for the chamber. Before they could reach the door, two U.S. Capitol Police officers in suits stopped the couple, addressed Mr. Gaetz by name and told them they had to go through security before entering, and pointed to a nearby metal detector.”
Gaetz and Boebert responded by ignoring security and entering the chamber.
Gaetz and Boebert blew through the security check that was in place because a foreign leader was speaking before Congress, and then went into the speech, not bothering to heed the speaker.
The behavior of the two Republicans is disrespectful towards Zelenskyy and embarrassing for the USA. Guests of our nation should be treated with respect. Rep. Gaetz and Boebert shouldn’t play on the phone and ignore the pleas of a man whose nation is struggling to survive.
America deserves better, but for at least the next two years a circus of awkward clowns will be running the house.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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