Conservative commentator and talk show host Jesse Kelly blasted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) in response to a social media post in which the “squad” member singled out Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert for alleged “anti-Muslim bigotry.”
The controversy began last week after a video of Boebert at a political event circulated in which she recounted an alleged incident involving Omar.
“So the other night on the House floor was not my first jihad squad moment,” Boebert told a crowd. “I was getting into an elevator with one of my staffers and he and I were 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. I see fret all over his face. And he’s reaching. The door is shutting. I can’t open it.
“What’s happening? I look to my left and there she is, Ilhan Omar, and I said, ‘Well she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine,'” Boebert said in a remark that seemed to imply she could be a suicide bomber.
“So we only had one floor to go and I say, do I say it or do I not? And I look over and I say, ‘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,” Boebert added.
The Colorado freshman would later apologize to Muslims in general, but her remark was still blasted by political opponents.
Far-left political organization MoveOn singled out Boebert on Twitter, writing, “Lauren Boebert’s Islamophobic comments directed at @IlhanMN are not just appalling and outrageous, but dangerous. We decry this type of language and demand accountability.”
Omar quoted that tweet and added her own message: “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.
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
That said, Omar herself has been accused of repeatedly making anti-Semitic, anti-Israel comments including by Democrats, and has been criticized for comparing the United States government of behaving like a terrorist country.
Also, Omar’s response, in turn, drew blowback from Kelly, who hosts “I’m Right” on The First streaming network.
“You’re not a terrorist. You’re an America-hating, Jew-hating communist with terrorist sympathies,” he tweeted. “A sane country would have deported you back to the dump you came from. Instead, you walk the halls of Congress and try to destroy this country from within.”
You’re not a terrorist. You’re an America-hating, Jew-hating communist with terrorist sympathies. A sane country would have deported you back to the dump you came from. Instead, you walk the halls of Congress and try to destroy this country from within. https://t.co/jocQZnTipf
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) November 27, 2021
Other Twitter users jumped in as well to remind Omar of some past examples when she was cited for bigotry as well as supporting American enemies.
Thank you for formulating and channeling America’s collective consciousness on this one.
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) November 28, 2021
The pawns shield the leaders and press their forward position.
If you’re looking at Ilhan as an individual, you’re missing the game.
— Ron Bassilian (@Ron4California) November 28, 2021
So Ilhan can call everybody who doesn’t agree with her a “white superamicst”.
But has a problem when she is replied back in the same language? WTF?
— Jeevs Musings (@jeevs5) November 28, 2021
Again confirms why you should never apologize, because the apology by @laurenboebert is just ignored as if it never happened.
— BuffaloBull 🐃 (@BuffaloBull3) November 28, 2021
In China, Russia she would be, well you know what Xi Jinping or Putin would have done already.
— Boston Sports News (@BostonSprtsNews) November 28, 2021
remember a few years ago, she was yammering on about Jews and her dislike of them? Congress was going to sanction her but the dems just would NOT let that happen. They settled for some watered down ‘anti-hate’ resolution
— Rani, Last of the Red Hot Boomers (@doglifelessons) November 27, 2021
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