Lauren Boebert’s Islamophobic remarks are “no joke,” Ilhan Omar said, demanding action from congressional leaders – after the Colorado Republican apologized.
“Saying I’m a suicide bomber is no laughing matter,” Minnesota Democrat tweeted. “[House Republican leader] Kevin McCarthy and [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi must take the appropriate measures, normalizing this sectarianism puts not only my life but that of all Muslims. Anti-Muslim sectarianism has no place in Congress.
Boebert made the remarks in his home district. Out of laughter, she joked that she met Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, in an elevator on Capitol Hill.
“I see a Capitol cop running for the elevator,” she said. “I see worry all over his face, and he reaches out his hand, and the door closes, like I can’t open it, like what’s happening.” I look to my left, and there she is. Ilhan Omar.
“And I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack, that should be fine.’ We only had one floor to go. I said, ‘Oh look, the Jihad Squad decided to report to work today.’ “
It was a reference to the “Squad”, a group of prominent House progressives of which Omar is a member. Boebert, a far-right Trump ally and controversy, also used the term on the House floor.
In response, Omar noted: “Done. This buffoon looks down when she sees me at the Capitol, this whole story is made up. Sad, she thinks sectarianism has its influence.
“Anti-Muslim bigotry is no fun and shouldn’t be normalized. Congress cannot be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslim tropes are not condemned. “
In front of widespread condemnation, Boebert apologized “to all members of the Muslim community whom I have offended with my comment on Representative Omar.”
She also said that she had “reached out to [Omar’s] office to speak to him directly. There are a lot of political differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction ”.
Democratic House leaders, including Pelosi, have indicated that this is not enough.
“Racism and bigotry in all their forms, including Islamophobia, must always be denounced, confronted and condemned wherever they are found,” they said in a joint statement.
“The repeated, ongoing and targeted Islamophobic comments and actions by MP Boebert against… Ilhan Omar are both deeply offensive and concerning… we call on MP Boebert to completely withdraw these comments and to refrain from making any similar to the future. “
The statement also condemned McCarthy as “scandalous” “and the repeated failure of the entire Republican leadership in the House to condemn the inflammatory and fanatical rhetoric of their conference members.”
Another far-right Republican, Paul Gosar of Arizona, was recently officially censored for tweeting a video in which he portrayed the murder of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, another prominent progressive and threatening Joe Biden.
Only two Republicans voted for censorship: Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, both of whom broke with the pro-Trump wing in the attack on Capitol Hill.
Kinzinger called Boebert on Friday “wasteAnd declared: “I take a side between decency and disgust. “
Perhaps alluding to McCarthy’s silence on controversies involving pro-Trump figures, he wrote: “Ask some of the regular members when they last spoke to Kevin?” Most of it has been a while.