Boebert congratulates MVP Jokic; social media respond | Colorado Springs News
Even when not talking politics, Rep. Lauren Boebert seems to have a knack for setting the Twitterverse on fire.
On Thursday, the Republican MK sent out a tweet congratulating Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic on being selected as the NBA’s 2021 MVP, and one particular turn of phrase sent her detractors at their throats.
“Kudos to the Joker for being the first Denver Nuggets player to win the MVP award,” Boebert tweeted. “Glad to see a gentleman receive this honor.”
Charges of racism flooded social media because Boebert called Jokic – the first white MVP since Dirk Nowitzki won the award in 2007 – a “gentleman”.
“She means white,” one person tweeted.
“Did the Nazi come from you,” wrote another.
A respondent posted a photo of Jokic kneeling during the pre-game national anthem, while wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt. “I bet you don’t want to congratulate him anymore,” the individual wrote.
“With all due respect, ma’am, you can keep your congratulations to yourself,” tweeted Jordan Bickerstaff, Denver Nuggets staff member. “We prefer politicians who don’t help lead an insurgency or spread wild conspiracy theories. “
One tweeter felt that Boebert called the Nuggets center “the Joker” because she didn’t know how to spell his real name. Another argued that the MP was actually talking about Batman’s nemesis.
Others seemed to express their shock.
“What?” tweeted @thatmanowen.
“WHAT?” echoed @BJOjulri.
“WHAT? ! @Noholdsbarred wrote.
Local sports presenter Jake Gadon summed up Boebert’s message – and the responses – as follows: “It was… interesting to watch.”