DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert apologized Friday for using anti-Muslim language to describe an encounter she said recently with Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
In his apology, Boebert did not address Omar’s criticism that Boebert had made up his story about the encounter at the US Capitol.
Boebert tweeted that “I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I hurt with my remarks about rape. Omar. I’ve reached his office to speak directly to him. Focus without this unnecessary distraction.” There are a lot of policy differences to make.”
According to a video clip posted by a Twitter account called PatriotTech, Boebert made the remarks during the current holiday break. In it, she says that she and an employee were taking the Capitol lift when she saw a worried Capitol police officer running towards them. She said that she turned to her left and saw Umar standing beside them.
“Well, he doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine,” Boebert recalled laughing to his audience. “And I said, ‘Oh, look, the jihad squad decided to come to work today.’ ,
“The fact that this buffalo looks down when she sees me in the Capitol is a fabricated story,” Umar tweeted late Thursday. “Sadly, she thinks that bigotry overwhelms her.”
Omar continued, “Anti-Muslim bigotry is not funny and should not be normalised.” “Congress cannot be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslim tropes are not condemned.”
Telephone calls and emails seeking comment from Boebert and Omar were not immediately returned Friday.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned Boebert’s remarks in a statement Friday, urging GOP House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy and other Republican leaders to reject Boebert’s comments.
It misconstrued the sign of Boebert’s backpack as an “Islamophobic smear that all Muslims are terrorists,” as well as the use of the term “jihad squad”.
Edward Ahmed Michel, CAIR’s national deputy director, told CNN on Friday that “to make this disgusting joke, it is beyond ambiguity to misuse the word Islamic.” Mitchell explained that “jihad” is a sacred term referring to “any struggle taken up for the sake of God”, including charity work and fighting for social justice.
Omar and Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayana Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, all first elected to Congress in the 2018 Democratic wave election, sometimes refer to themselves as “the squad.”
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