It was a direct reference to Biden's speech on abortion Friday, during which he repeatedly read aloud his teleprompter cues and made other misstatements. The president announced that he had signed an executive order directing various federal agencies to protect abortion access after the Supreme Court ruled states may regulate abortion, overturning its Roe v. Wade decision.
During his speech, Biden recounted the story of a 10-year-old who purportedly was raped and had to travel from Ohio to Indiana to obtain an abortion because her home state had enacted an abortion ban.
“Ten years old and she was forced to travel out of the state to Indiana to seek to terminate the presidency and maybe save her life,” Biden said Friday, mistakenly substituting the work "presidency" for "pregnancy."
Biden made several other errors for which he was mocked on social media. After reading a quote from the majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, for example, Biden said "repeat the line." It was an instruction to repeat the quote, not a statement he was supposed to make in his address.
Several times during Biden's speech, he also said "end of quote" after reciting a quote. "End of quote" is a normal teleprompter cue to let the speaker know that the quote he or she is citing is over.
Boebert's tweet declaring that the presidency must be "terminated" was clearly making fun of Biden's speech. But humorless Twitter users mass-reported the tweet to the FBI, as well as the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, claiming she was inciting violence against the president.
Progressive pundit Keith Olbermann said Boebert's "gun-humping fetishism crossed the line from mind-numbingly MAGA-ism to something @fbi @TheJusticeDept and @SecretService needs to be visiting her about, today." His tweet was part of a thread about the "worst persons in the world."
Writer Tara Dublin accused Boebert of making "a threat against the legitimately elected President of the United States."
"Lock her up, @FBI. End quote. Repeat the line with the rest of the Sedition Caucus," Dublin tweeted.
Another verified user asked the FBI if Boebert's tweet qualified as a "terroristic threat."
Dozens of other unverified accounts called on federal law enforcement to investigate Boebert's tweet, with hysteric references to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and names like "white supremacist terrorist" thrown at Boebert. All because of a joke.
But these complaints raise the question, if "terminate this presidency" is a violent threat, what is "terminate this pregnancy"?