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Politics: Rep. Adam Kinzinger retweets Lauren Boebert's primary challenger after calling the Colorado lawmaker 'TRASH' for her anti-Muslim story about Ilhan Omar

Lauren Boebert Faces Calls to Be Censured as Ilhan Omar Remarks Anger Democrats

  Lauren Boebert Faces Calls to Be Censured as Ilhan Omar Remarks Anger Democrats Omar has said Boebert's account of meeting her at the Capitol was "made up" and also accused her of bigotry.Boebert, a Republican who represents Colorado's 3rd congressional district, is also facing calls to be censured after a video was shared to Twitter of her relating a story about Omar and a Capitol police officer that concluded with a joke about a bomb in a backpack.

Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Lauren Boebert of Colorado Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images © Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Lauren Boebert of Colorado Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
  • Kinzinger called fellow GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert "TRASH" over her anti-Muslim remarks.
  • Boebert told a story about riding in an elevator with Omar, adding: "Well, she doesn't have a backpack. We should be fine."
  • Kinzinger retweeted a Republican primary challenger to Boebert who said "help me take out the trash."

Rep. Adam Kinzinger retweeted a primary challenger to fellow Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert after the Colorado lawmaker told a story about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar that included an anti-Muslim comment about a backpack.

Lauren Boebert Apologizes to Muslims for Ilhan Omar Comment, Calls It a 'Distraction'

  Lauren Boebert Apologizes to Muslims for Ilhan Omar Comment, Calls It a 'Distraction' "There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction," the congresswoman tweeted on Friday.Boebert referred to her Democratic colleague as a member of the "Jihad Squad" during a discussion about the censure of fellow Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona earlier this month. Boebert received further criticism this week after a video surfaced in which she discussed riding an elevator with Omar.

A video posted on Twitter on Thursday by PatriotTakes — an organization that researches and monitors "the extremism and radicalization of the far right" — showed Boebert at a campaign event recounting a supposed run-in with Omar at the US Capitol.

Boebert said she stepped onto an elevator with Omar on her way back to her office after a vote, prompting a Capitol Police officer to run towards the elevator with "fret all over his face." Boebert described being confused about the encounter before noticing Omar standing in the elevator with her.

"Well, she doesn't have a backpack. We should be fine," Boebert said she told the officer.

Boebert said she then turned to Omar and added, "Oh look, the Jihad Squad decided to show up for work today." "Jihad Squad" is a derisive term for the Squad, a group of six progressive members of Congress who are all people of color. Omar denied the story while calling Boebert a "buffoon."

Ilhan Omar hangs up on Lauren Boebert after anti-Muslim attack

  Ilhan Omar hangs up on Lauren Boebert after anti-Muslim attack Democrats are now pushing to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert of House committee seats after her anti-Muslim comments Ilhan Omar and Lauren Boebert Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images

"Boebert is TRASH," Kinzinger tweeted, joining Democrats in condemning Boebert's remarks.

He then retweeted Marina Zimmerman, a Republican primary challenger to Boebert, who asked readers to "help me take out the trash."

This is not the first time Kinzinger has boosted Zimmerman. In early September, he retweeted her and used the hashtag #boebertELee, an apparent reference to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Zimmerman, a longtime crane operator who's worked in the construction industry, has sought to cast Boebert as a self-serving lawmaker who's more concerned with touting conspiracy theories than doing the work necessary to serve constituents.

"She's just all about QAnon, and conspiracy theories, and political theater," Zimmerman told the Durango Herald in August. "It breeds so much hate and discontent. I don't think she cares to do anything else."

Another video shows Lauren Boebert suggesting Ilhan Omar was terrorist

  Another video shows Lauren Boebert suggesting Ilhan Omar was terrorist Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado suggested to a crowd in September that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, whom she called "black-hearted" and "evil," was a terrorist.Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado suggested to a crowd in September that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, whom she called "black-hearted" and "evil," was a terrorist.

Zimmerman's chances in next year's June 28 primary could rise if calls to censure Boebert in response to this episode continue to grow.

In 2020, Rep. Randy Feenstra successfully primaried former GOP Rep. Steve King after the Iowa congressman was removed from his committee assignments by Republican leaders for questioning why "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" were considered controversial phrases.

Kinzinger, who is not running for re-election, was one of just two House Republicans who voted to censure Rep. Paul Gosar and removed him from his committees last week. Gosar posted an anime video edited to show him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and brandishing swords at President Joe Biden.

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Dozens of Democrat lawmakers want Lauren Boebert to be stripped of her committee assignments following her anti-Muslim 'Jihad Squad' comments .
"Rep. Boebert has repeatedly weaponized dangerous, anti-Muslim bigotry at our colleague Representative Ilhan Omar," read a statement from lawmakers.In a letter released on Wednesday, five House Democrat caucus chairs — Reps. Pramila Jayapal, Joyce Beatty, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, and Raul Ruiz — led the call for Boebert to face "consequences" for her anti-Muslim rhetoric.

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