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Controversial congresswoman Lauren Boebert poses for photo at Trump farewell as GOP hierarchy snub him

“Today. Thank you, Mr President,” Ms Boebert wrote with a heart emoji. Mr Trump can be seen in the background addressing the small crowd that turned out for his farewell.  

Most notable Republican lawmakers chose to attend Mr Biden’s inauguration rather than Mr Trump’s farewell.  

Vice President Mike Pence skipped Mr Trump’s speech, as did Sen. Lindsey Graham, who Mr Biden once called a “personal disappointment.”  

Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, who led the Senate effort to try to overturn the 2020 election that resulted in a violent riot at the US Capitol and who now face calls from other members of Congress to resign or be removed, also attended.  

Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Trump ally who backed the president’s election conspiracy theories, said he planned to attend the inauguration “virtually to avoid any additional security strain on those protecting the transition of power.”  

Ms Boebert has gained notoriety for her potential role in the riot as well.  

On the day of the attack, Ms Boebert admitted she had constituents just outside the Capitol and said she was acting as their voice.  

Reps. Steve Cohen and John Yarmuth – both Democrats – said they saw Ms Boebert leading a “large” group of in a tunnel connected to the US Capitol in the days prior to the deadly insurrection.  

Mr Cohen told CNN he saw the group sometime “after the 3rd but before the 6th.”  

“Now whether these people were people that were involved in the insurrection or not, I do not know,” Mr Cohen said.  

Ms Boebert called the allegations “false” and “slanderous.”

Ms Boebert said she has been subject to “death threats and hundreds of vile phone calls and emails” in the wake of the riots.