US President Joe Biden took his reelection bid on Donald Trump’s turf on Wednesday, visiting a Colorado district held by a hard-right supporter of his likely Republican opponent in 2024.
The Democrat traveled to a wind turbine factory to tout his plan to rebuild the US economy by focusing on green energy — but his real target was gun-toting Congresswoman Lauren Boebert.
“He’s one of the leaders of this tremendous MAGA movement,” Biden, 81, told workers at CS Wind in Pueblo, Colorado, the world’s largest wind tower maker.
The devout Catholic president also jokingly made the sign of the cross after mentioning Boebert’s name.
Boebert has backed Trump’s false claims of defeating Biden in the 2020 election, and is a key member of the populist tycoon’s Make America Great Again movement.
Biden criticized him for opposing what he called the Inflation Reduction Act, which channeled billions of dollars into the green economy, including investment in the Colorado factory he visited.
“He called this law a colossal failure,” Biden said. “Tell that to 850 Coloradans to get new jobs in Pueblo and see us win thanks to this legislation.”
Biden has recently stepped up direct attacks on Trump as he has pulled back in the polls despite efforts to sell Americans on a post-pandemic economic recovery he calls “Bidenomics.”
By traveling to Colorado he also chose one of Trump’s weaker supporters, while Boebert faces a difficult rematch for his seat in the House in next year’s election.
Boebert recently gained negative publicity when he was recently removed from a performance of “Beetlejuice: The Musical” in Colorado in September after apparently vaping and disrupting the family’s performance.
An outspoken gun rights activist who was elected in November 2020, the first-term congressman has previously called for the institution of a theocratic government in the United States.
He owns a restaurant called “Shooters Grill” in the town of Rifle, Colorado, where employees openly carry firearms.
Shortly after his arrival in Washington, Boebert announced his intention to bring a gun to work and he criticized the installation of metal detectors at the entrances to the chambers of the House.