The congresswoman and her companion were asked to leave a theater due to alleged disruptive behavior. The incident, captured on infrared CCTV, showed Boebert and her date seemingly vaping and engaging in inappropriate behavior during a performance of "Beetlejuice." The footage quickly went viral, sparking outrage, particularly among liberals, who accused the congresswoman of hypocrisy.
In an interview with FOX News host Jesse Watters, Boebert expressed remorse for her actions but emphasized that the impending government shutdown and the Democrats' radical policies are of greater concern to the average American than her personal life.
"First of all, what happened is I messed up. I went on a date night, and I am a congresswoman and a public figure, but believe it or not, I'm human, too," she stated on "Jesse Watters Primetime."
She further highlighted her role as a mother and grandmother, stating, "And as a mother of four boys and a grandmother to a beautiful grandson, that's my first job before anything else and my priority. It's certainly been taxing on me and my family."
Boebert acknowledged the changes in the dating scene since her last foray twenty years ago, admitting that the incident was a learning experience. She apologized to her constituents in Colorado's 3rd District, emphasizing her responsibility to bring lightness, not heaviness, to their lives.
Meanwhile, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York and a member of the progressive "Squad," criticized the media's double standards in their coverage of lawmakers' personal lives.
"I can't go out to lunch in Florida in my free time — not doing anything, just eating outside — and it's wall-to-wall FOX News coverage, and then you have a member of Congress engaging in sexually lewd acts in a public theater and they've got nothing to say," Ocasio-Cortez commented.
Ocasio-Cortez herself made headlines around New Year 2022 for partying maskless in Miami-Dade County, despite advocating for face masks and criticizing the lack of coronavirus restrictions in Republican-led states.
In response to the controversy, Boebert reiterated her commitment to her constituents and the nation's economic future. She expressed concern over the looming government shutdown, the country's $33 trillion debt, and the issues at the southern border.
"We are on the verge of a government shutdown," she said. "We have… bipartisan muscle memory of those who want to continue to do business as normal. That's why we are at $33 trillion in debt. We have a wide-open southern border where people are dying."
Boebert, who recently separated from her husband Jayson, was accompanied by a local bar owner and registered Democrat on the night of the incident. She stated that they have since "peacefully parted ways" and described him as "very, very nice."
On a lighter note, Boebert encouraged people to see "Beetlejuice" and to inform her of the ending. As the dust settles on this incident, the congresswoman remains focused on her political responsibilities, underscoring the importance of addressing the nation's pressing issues over personal controversies.