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

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 congresswoman Lauren Boebert on Friday issued an apology to the Muslim community for recent comments she has made about Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) on Friday issued an apology on Twitter to the Muslim community for recent comments she has made about Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Above, Boebert waits for the beginning of a news conference in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on July 1, 2021 in Washington, D.C. © Alex Wong/Getty Images U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) on Friday issued an apology on Twitter to the Muslim community for recent comments she has made about Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Above, Boebert waits for the beginning of a news conference in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on July 1, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

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.

Lauren Boebert ripped for 'hateful and dangerous' Islamophobic story about Ilhan Omar: 'Well, she doesn't have a backpack. We should be fine'

  Lauren Boebert ripped for 'hateful and dangerous' Islamophobic story about Ilhan Omar: 'Well, she doesn't have a backpack. We should be fine' "This whole story is made up. Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout," Omar said, also calling Boebert a "buffoon."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 where they both work in the House of Representatives.

In the video, Boebert said the House discussion was "not my first Jihad Squad moment." She went on to describe noticing Omar in the elevator and said, "Well, she doesn't have a backpack. We should be fine."

Omar called Boebert a "buffoon" while responding Thursday to a clip of the video that was shared on social media and said Boebert's "whole story is made up."

"Anti-Muslim bigotry isn't funny & shouldn't be normalized," Omar tweeted. "Congress can't be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslims tropes get no condemnation."

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  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

On Friday, Boebert tweeted an apology and said she had reached out to Omar's office "to speak with her directly."

"I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar," Boebert's tweet said. Her message concluded by saying, "There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction."

Newsweek reached out to Omar's office for comment.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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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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