Communication has sadly become something that happens electronically instead of in person and we are seeing attacks and vendettas in the medium of test, whereas in the past discourse would be more civil when taking place in person.
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Unfortunately, it seems that Congressional communication behavior is mirroring the American public, with face-to-face conversations giving way to social media comments.
One Representative, Lauren Boebert, a Republican from Colorado, is fed up with the lack of face time with her peers and is calling them out for being active on Twitter but running from her attempts to engage in conversation in public.
Boebart has, for instance, received a physical cold shoulder from fellow Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who has also mocked her on Twitter.
“When I first arrived here, Adam Kinzinger went after me on Twitter,” she said.
Previously, Kinzinger has slammed Boebert for her call to end separation of church and state.
Boebert had stated she was “tired of this separation of church and state junk.”
To which Kinzinger replied on Twitter, “There is no difference between this and the Taliban.”
“And I sent him a text. I said, ‘hey, we haven’t met yet. I’m Lauren. I would love to have a conservation with you and have you get to meet the real me.’
“And he said, ‘you’re right. We shouldn’t have these Twitter fights.’
Sounds like an intelligent conclusion, but Boebart says that’s not what happened.
“But guess what? We still haven’t had that conversation. And he still goes after me on Twitter. He’s a sad little man, just like Eric.”
Another peer who has expressed opposition to Boebert but doesn’t seem to want a face to face is Rep. Eric Swalwell.
Swalwell is a Democrat from California who made gun control a key part of his short-lived bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
Swalwell then called for an 8 part plan for gun control including a mandatory buy-back program for assault weapons and suggested that the government criminally prosecute anyone who refused to comply, as well as implementing a federal licensing program and more background checks, among other things.
Boebert was unpleasantly surprised when Swalwell used a Twitter post to connect her to the gunman in the July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois.
Swalwell’s post said, ” Let’s start drawing straight lines,” and contained an image of a smiling Boebert wielding a rifle as well as a photo of the suspect in the shooting, as if owning a gun makes one responsible for unbalanced murderers.
Boebert responded to Swalwell’s tweet in a statement to the Washington Examiner, saying, “I get that Eric ?Swalwell isn;t a fan of our constitutional rights and is desperate to distract from his repeated political failures, but the only straight line that needs to be drawn is from Eric Swalwell to Fang Fang to the Chinese Communist Party.”
Boebert said Swalwell refused to talk to her in person, after that exchange, even though she tried to open dialogue in person in the halls of Congress.
“Today, on the House floor, I saw Eric Smells-Not-So-Well and I wanted to have a conversation with him,” Boebert told Newsmax’s Benny Johnson in the interview.
“I tried to get Eric’s attention. He and I were walking side by side. I kind of tapped him on his arm and said, ‘Hey Eric, I’d like to talk to you about your comments’ ” Boebart explained.
“He pretended I wasn’t there and beelined the other way.”
Swalwell’s actions prompted Boebert to sum up the situation, “I guess you’re only tough on Twitter.”
Boebert has speculated that Swalwell is possibly intimidated by her, saying, “maybe I’m intimidating, not sure…”
Boebart shared what happened when she tried to talk to ‘sad little men’ Reps Eric Swalwell and Adam Kinzinger in the halls of Congress in an insiders’ account of these interactions with her peers in a Saturday Newsmax interview, Western Journal reports.
Boebert reiterates how Reps. Swalwell and Kinzinger have refused to talk to her face to face, in addition to and in spite of their history of social media criticism against her.
Swalwell later responded to Boebert’s account of their interaction with a tweet. containing a GIF from the 2009 film He’s Just Not That Into You, where the character Alex tells the character Gini, “Don’t call him. He doesn’t like you.”
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Possibly some members of Congress need to realize they are actually elected to have all conversations, easy and hard, with all members of Congress, friend or foe, regardless of personal feelings, in person in order to come to bi-partisan conclusions and compromises for the greater good of the American people.
Hence the scheduled sessions of Congress and the offices within the building that creates close proximity to facilitate this.
Western Journal noted that Kinzinger has yet to respond to Boebert’s claims.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 17, 2022