A video is circulating social media showing Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert throwing a pin honoring a victim in last year’s Uvalde school shooting in the trash.
As Newsweek points out, the pin featured green Converse shoes in honor of Maite Rodriguez, one of the 19 students killed in May 2022 at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The incident was the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012.
The pin was being handed out in the halls of Congress by members of anti-gun violence group March of Our Lives and Lives Robbed, an organization formed by the families of the children murdered at Robb Elementary.
The video shows an activist handing the pin to Boebert, who can then be seen tossing it in the trash.
Update: We just talked to Lauren Boebert about what the pin represents. She immediately threw away the pin and shook her head “no” when I said we hope you can take action on gun violence prevention. https://t.co/51amIYJiUx pic.twitter.com/Yh4lboUr8t
— sarah fishkind (@sarahefishkind) July 18, 2023
“The video of Representative Boebert throwing out the pin of Maite’s shoes is disgusting and beyond insulting,” a spokesperson for Lives Robbed told Newsweek via email. “We will not be resharing the video.”