GOP Rep Uses Prop to Call Attention to Border Crisis During Biden's Speech


Rep. Lauren Boebert used a thermal space blanket similar to those given to migrants being held at detention centers to draw attention to the border crisis during President Joe Biden’s speech to Congress on Wednesday night.

While seated in the House chamber for Biden’s joint address, she unfurled the blanket, which caused a lot of noise because of the synthetic material it is made of.

“For those who complained about the sound of my Mylar blanket, imagine what this room sounds like,” the Colorado Republican tweeted, sharing a photo of migrant children at a detention facility. Fix it Joe!”

“Biden refused to bring attention to the crisis he created at the southern border. So I did,” she said in a follow-up tweet.

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Videos and photos of migrant children crowded into detention facilities with similar blankets have been widely shared by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and others in recent weeks.

In spite of that, the meaning behind Boebert’s blanket seemed to be lost on some members of the media.

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“@laurenboebert opened a Mylar blanket on the floor, crinkling and making noise as it opened,” NBC News reporter Kasie Hunt tweeted.

“It was warmer than usual in the chamber when this speech started, but they have definitely cranked the AC since.”

The Daily Beast reporter Matt Fuller said the congresswoman “shook it free so that everyone could hear it in the chamber.”

“She’s just sort of casually sitting there with the blanket — one of those shiny silvery things,” he tweeted.

“If it’s some form of protest, it hasn’t really had any effect in the chamber.”

Boebert tweeted about 30 times during Biden’s speech, giving her reactions to the address and highlighting the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Biden is responsible for violating basic human rights. #BorderCrisis,” she tweeted.

The congresswoman added, “Will President Bien talk about the cartels that are destroying America? And I’m not talking about the radical left in attendance tonight.”

Instead of addressing the crisis at the border, Biden called for Congress to pass his bill putting illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.

“If you believe we need to secure the border, pass it, because it has a lot of money for high-tech border security. If you believe in a pathway to citizenship, pass it so over 11 million undocumented folks — the vast majority are here overstaying visas,” he said. (That claim was false, according to

“We can actually — if you want to solve a problem, I’ve sent a bill to take a close look at it,” Biden said.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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