Despite Rep. Lauren Boebert, R – Colorado, issuing a public apology for effectively calling Rep. Ilhan Omar, D – Minnesota, a ‘suicide bomber,’ the latter congresswoman is still demanding the House take action.
“Saying I am a suicide bomber is no laughing matter. @GOPLeader and @SpeakerPelosi need to take appropriate action, normalizing this bigotry not only endangers my life but the lives of all Muslims. Anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in Congress,” Omar tweeted with a photograph of a television news report regarding the comments.
Saying I am a suicide bomber is no laughing matter. @GOPLeader and @SpeakerPelosi need to take appropriate action, normalizing this bigotry not only endangers my life but the lives of all Muslims. Anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in Congress. https://t.co/A0VxI3uTmH pic.twitter.com/QTmqaGaZrM
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 26, 2021
An hour earlier, after much condemnation, Boebert took to Twitter to issue an apology to those whom she may have offended with her remarks, including the Muslim community. She added that she had reached out to Omar’s office as well to talk about the comments.
“I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar. I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly. There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction,” Boebert offered.
I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar. I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly. There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction.
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) November 26, 2021
The offensive comments in question came about during the Congressional Thanksgiving break, during which Boebert was filmed while entertaining a crowd.
“So the other night on the House floor was not my first jihad squad moment. So I was getting into an elevator with one of my staffers. And he and I are – we’re leaving the Capitol. We’re going back to my office and we get in the elevator, and I see a Capitol Police officer running hurriedly to the elevator,” she recalled.
“I see fret all over his face, and he’s reaching… The door’s shutting, like I can’t – I can’t open it – like, what’s happening? I look to my left, and there she is. Ilhan Omar. I said, ‘Well she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine,’” Boebert joked, unknowingly opening the floodgates of rage from those who would hear it in the future.
“We only had one floor to go. I said, ‘Oh look, the Jihad Squad decided to show up for work today.’ Don’t worry, it’s just her staffers on Twitter that talk for her. She’s not tough in person. So … there’s a little bit of interactions with these folks,” Boebert concluded.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 27, 2021
The Congressional Black Caucus responded to Boebert’s comments with strong condemnation, claiming that such remarks could inspire violence against Omar and her family.
The Islamophobic comments made by @RepBoebert are morally reprehensible and dangerous. We believe this rhetoric perpetuates actions that could undoubtedly inspire more death threats to Representative @Ilhan Omar and her family. That is unacceptable.
Read the full release ⤵️: pic.twitter.com/RMmTPG7cly
— The Black Caucus (@TheBlackCaucus) November 27, 2021
“The Islamophobic comments made by Representative Boebert are morally reprehensible and dangerous. We believe this rhetoric perpetuates actions that could undoubtedly inspire more death threats to Representative Omar and her family. That is unacceptable,” Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Joyce Beatty said.
“Despite an insincere and half-baked apology, Representative Boebert’s behavior was despicable and an all too predictable expression of her uniquely grotesque brand of bigotry. Members cannot continue with this dangerous and divisive behavior in a quest to gain relevancy. Words are harmful and have a lasting impact. The Congressional Black Caucus stands unified against any racist rhetoric, targeted trope, or brazen bigotry,” she added.
It remains to be seen whether the House of Representatives will take action against Boebert in response to her comments.
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