Boebert refuses to apologize to Omar for anti-Muslim remarks

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WASHINGTON — The two spoke on the phone on Monday, days after Colorado firebrand conservative Rep. Lauren Boebert was strongly criticized for making anti-Muslim remarks about Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar.

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According to both the MPs, it did not go well.

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The talks, which Boebert sought after he issued a scathing statement last Friday, provided an opportunity to extend an olive branch to the tension-stricken House. Instead, it ended abruptly when Boebert rejected Omar’s request for a public apology, triggering a partisan conflict that has become a feature of the GOP, not a bug, as a crowd of Donald Trump supporters gathered around 6 The Capitol was raided in January.

Boebert previously apologized to “anyone in the Muslim community that offended me,” but not directly to Omar.

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This is the latest instance of a GOP MP making a personal attack against another member of Congress, a disturbing trend Which has largely gone unchecked by House Republican leaders. It also presents a test of Democrats’ new resolution to punish Republicans.

Earlier this month, Arizona’s Conservative Representative Paul Goser was Condemnation On a violent video. Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Green in February was booted From committees of Congress for his provocative rhetoric.

After Monday’s phone call, Omar and Boebert immediately issued statements condemning each other.

“I believe in engaging with those with whom we respectfully disagree, but not when that disagreement is rooted entirely in bigotry and hatred,” Omar said in a statement. She said she “decided to end the unproductive call.”

Boebert shot back in an Instagram video: “Rejecting an apology and hanging someone is part of Cancellation Culture 101 and a pillar of the Democrat Party.”

The chain of events was set in motion a week earlier when Boebert posted a video on Facebook in which he spoke in front of constituents, describing a conversation with Omar – a conversation that Omar maintains. never happened.

In the video, the new Colorado lawmaker claims that a Capitol Police officer approached him with “fret on his face” shortly before he stepped into the House elevator and the doors slammed shut.

“I look to my left and there he is – Ilhan Omar. And I said, ‘Well, he doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine,'” Boebert laughs.

Omar is a Muslim. Boebert’s comment about Omar not wearing a backpack was a clear reference to him not carrying a suicide bomb.

The reaction to the video was swift. Omar called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to take “appropriate action” because “normalizing this bigotry puts not only my life but the lives of all Muslims at risk. There is no place.

The House Democratic leadership also issued a joint statement condemning Boebert’s “repeated, ongoing and targeted Islamophobic comments and actions”, while calling on McCarthy to “finally take real action to confront racism”. Gaya.

Yet McCarthy, who is in line to become House speaker if he secures a Republican majority next year, has proved reluctant to police members of his caucus, whose views are often closely aligned with the party’s base.

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hamill said the speaker had nothing new to add on Monday and pointed to a statement last week by Democratic leaders calling for McCarthy to act.

Boebert tweeted on Friday that “I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended by my remarks about Rep. Omar,” adding that “plenty to focus without this unnecessary distraction.” There are policy differences.”

This isn’t Boebert’s first brush with controversy – nor Omar’s. Since Boebert’s election to Congress in 2020, she has leaned in favor of the provocative broad that pleases the party’s base. Umar in particular has caught his attention. She has previously called Omar and others “full-time campaigners” for “state-sponsored terrorism”, and “politicians with suicide belts bandaged their bodies.”

In May, she tweeted that Omar was “a full-time campaigner for Hamas.” She has also called Omar and Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib “evil” while also referring to them as the “jihad squad”. Like Umar, Tlaib is also a Muslim.

Omar has also come under scrutiny for his comments, often with reference to Israel, some of which have been blasted as anti-Semitic.

In 2019, she suggested Israel’s supporters were prompting US lawmakers to pledge “allegiance to a foreign country”. He was also pressured to apologise “obviously”, suggesting that congressional support for Israel was “all about Benjamin’s child,” a lengthy rant about buying Jewish influence. It was a trope of time.

The House Democratic leadership intervened and directly reprimanded Omar over the remarks.


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