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Rep. Mondaire Jones deletes tweet calling for Rep. Boebert’s expulsion

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Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.) demanded the expulsion of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) from Congress in a now-deleted tweet after a social media post falsely claiming a 2019 image depicted her with individuals who stormed the U.S. Capitol made the rounds on the internet, Fox News reported Wednesday afternoon.

Sharing the post supposedly connecting Boebert to those who assaulted the Capitol one week ago, Jones wrote “Expel her.” The picture, however, was originally from an article published in December 2019 by the Colorado Times Recorder, as Will Sommer of The Daily Beast observed.

Neither Jones nor Boebert have commented publicly on the story at the time of publication.

Both Boebert and Jones, who are freshmen members, are already making names for themselves in Washington, D.C.

Jones is increasingly seen as an ally of “The Squad” of progressive House Democrats such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.).

Boebert, on the other hand, has defined herself as a dedicated ally of President Donald Trump and has received criticism for insisting on carrying a firearm on Capitol Hill grounds.

The Colorado Republican has also turned heads for slamming the heightened security measures inside the Capitol such as the metal detectors at the entrance to the House chamber.

“I am legally permitted to carry my firearm in Washington, D.C. and within the Capitol complex,” Boebert tweeted Tuesday. “Metal detectors outside of the House would not have stopped the violence we saw last week — it’s just another political stunt by Speaker Pelosi.”

The first-term congresswoman refused to let police look through her bag after she set off metal detectors on Tuesday, according to Colorado Public Radio. Prior to this, Boebert requested access to a gun locker from Captiol Police but they turned down her request, the Colorado Times Recorder reported. According to Fox News, lawmakers are supposed to limit carrying firearms to their personal offices.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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