Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert holds ‘funeral’ for dead turkey in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions

Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert holds ‘funeral’ for dead turkey in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions
Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert (R-CO) arrives to the Hyatt Regency hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Orientation for newly-elected members began Nov. 12 and ran through Nov. 21. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) (Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

Newly elected Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert said she was holding a funeral for the dead turkey she and her loved ones planned to eat for Thanksgiving as a means to bypass coronavirus restrictions for the holiday.

“In Colorado, Thanksgiving is limited to 10 people, but funerals are limited to 30,” Boebert told Fox News this month. “So I’m going to have a peaceful funeral for a turkey and have about 30 people at my house.”

Boebert, 33, lives in Garfield County, which is currently under “high-risk” coronavirus restrictions.

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis responded to Boebert on Facebook, saying, “My hope and prayer is that it doesn’t turn into a real funeral for any of the attendees. The simple facts are that for a gathering that size, it’s more likely than not than an attendee will bring coronavirus in and that it will spread to several guests.”

“1 in 41 Coloradans are currently contagious with coronavirus,” he added. “And to those who are attending large gatherings, including Representative-Elect Boebert, it is my sincere hope that you are among the lucky ones. May the odds be ever in your favor.”

Boebert, who is against big government, has publicly criticized coronavirus shutdowns and restrictions. The owner of a gun-themed restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, called Shooters Grill, Boebert defied COVID-19 shutdown orders in May when she reopened her restaurant. The move resulted in temporary suspension of her food license.

“A government that is big enough to shut down your Thanksgiving dinner is a government that’s too big,” she said, according to Fox News.