In a recent video, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert faced criticism from an official of the Social Security Administration after she accused the agency’s staff of laziness.
Boebert, known for her controversial actions, attempted to blame the mounting backlog on what she termed “delinquent employees” working from home, and an alleged lack of oversight from a government office. However, the exchange took an unexpected turn.
In the video, Boebert and Social Security Administration official Oren McKnelly engaged in a tense conversation about the application backlog, which Boebert claimed had reached 107,000.
McKnelly highlighted the historical underfunding of the agency, pointing out that despite consistent funding levels, the beneficiary count had increased by 8 million over the past decade, while staffing levels had decreased.
The video, viewed over 64,000 times, drew attention to Boebert’s characterization of remote workers as “delinquents,” with critics mocking her understanding of math. Users pointed out that when the administrator mentioned math, Boebert seemed lost.
One user quipped that he should have responded, “Our employees work far more hours and days than our members of Congress.”
Democratic strategist Sawyer Hackett also commented on the situation, noting that Boebert got “torched” by the Social Security Administration official, who used her question to highlight the GOP’s role in cutting the Social Security budget.