Ilhan Omar Calls Lauren Boebert 'Buffoon' Over Jihad Squad Remarks
The Minnesota representative called out Boebert who told a "made up" story many have condemned for being anti-Muslim.Anti-right-wing-extremism website PatriotTakes shared a video it said had been filmed in Boebert's home state of Colorado over the Thanksgiving break.
Rep. Ilhan Omar revealed on Tuesday a threatening voicemail she says came hours after her phone call with fellow congresswoman Lauren Boebert, which by all accounts escalated a feud between the two that began with the emergence of a video of Boebert making anti-Muslim comments about Omar.
Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, appeared with Reps. Andre Carson and Rashida Tlaib, the two other Muslim members of the House, calling on Republican leadership to condemn Boebert for her conduct.
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At one point during the press conference, Omar shared a graphic voicemail she says she received hours after her phone call with Boebert on Monday, which apparently ended with Omar hanging up on Boebert after the two demanded apologies from each other.
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"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.
"We see you Muslim sand [n-word] b****. We know what you're up to. You're all about taking over our country. Don't worry, there's plenty that will love the opportunity to take you off the face of this f****** Earth. Come get it, b****, you f****** Muslim piece of s***. You jihadist. We know what you are. You're a f****** traitor. You will not live much longer," a male voice is heard saying.
The message goes on to talk about "we the people" "rising up" and Omar appearing before a military tribunal.
The controversy between Omar and Boebert began last week with the emergence of video showing Boebert at an event telling a story about a Capitol police officer running to stop an elevator door from closing as she got in an elevator with Omar, to which she said: “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.” She also called Omar, who is a Somali immigrant, part of the “Jihad Squad” and joked that she could be a terrorist.
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
Omar shot back, calling Boebert a "buffoon" and claimed the Republican made the "whole story" up.
On Friday, Boebert tweeted, "I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar," and said she reached out to Omar's office in the hopes of having a conversation with her Democratic colleague.
But that phone call, which took place Monday, ended with acrimony.
Boebert posted an Instagram video in which she said Omar insisted her tweet wasn't good enough and "kept asking for a public apology. So I told Ilhan Omar that she should make a public apology to the American people for her anti-American, antisemitic, anti-police rhetoric."
Omar released a statement of her own, acknowledging that she hung up on Boebert as the Republican claimed. But that was just about all they could agree on.
“Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments. She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call,” Omar said. “I believe in engaging with those we disagree with respectfully, but not when that disagreement is rooted in outright bigotry and hate.”
Boebert and Omar fight leaves GOP scrambling
The House is grappling with yet another fight between a far-right Republican and a member of the progressive "squad" - this time Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).The war of words between the two lawmakers escalated on Monday when they clashed in a heated phone call over Islamophobic remarks Boebert made suggesting Omar could be a terrorist.For Republicans, the battle marked yet another headache in which a member of its far-right flank attacked a prominent progressive lawmaker of color less than two weeks after House Democrats moved to censure and take away committee assignments from Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.
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During the press conference Tuesday, Omar said Islamophobia "pervades our culture, our politics, and even policy decisions," according to Insider.
She also criticized the rhetoric coming from some Republicans, saying that she has reported "hundreds of threats on my life" that often come from their "attacks on my faith."
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, has not condemned Boebert, but he did say on Saturday he spoke to Boebert about the comments and she "apologized" for what she said, and he noted that Boebert had reached out to Omar to talk.
"I spoke with [Democratic House Majority Leader Steny] Hoyer today to facilitate that meeting so that Congress can get back to talking to each other and working on the challenges facing the American people," McCarthy also said.
A joint statement last week from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership called on McCarthy to “take real action to confront racism."
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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.