Ilhan Omar and Lauren Boebert finally have that phone call, let’s just say it didn’t end well

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Anyone in America who expected a planned telephone call between U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., to go well has not been paying attention over the past few years.

According to Boebert, she set the phone call up with Omar because she “wanted to let [Omar] know directly that I had reflected on my previous remarks,” and rather predictably the call came to an abrupt end with Omar reportedly hanging up on the Republican after demanding a public apology.

At the center of the dispute is an ill-advised anecdote from Boebert about “jihad squad” member Omar being near an elevator. The freshman lawmaker from Colorado quipped that she reassured a staffer, “She doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.” Omar quickly denounced the reference to a suicide bomber as “anti-Muslim bigotry.”

After the phone call, Boebert posted a video statement on Instagram describing how the conversation went with the radical left Democrat, who was one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress in 2018 — the other women, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., may be even more extreme than Omar. Both have a history of anti-Semitic actions.

“I wanted her to know directly that I had reflected on my previous remarks. Now, as a strong Christian woman who values faith deeply, I never want anything I say to offend someone’s religion,” Boebert explained in the video. “So I told her that, even after I put out a public statement to that effect. She said that she still wanted a public apology because what I had done wasn’t good enough. So I reiterated to her what I had just said.”

“She 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, anti-Semitic, anti-police rhetoric,” Boebert said. “She continued to press and I continued to press back. And then Representative Omar hung up on me. Rejecting an apology and hanging up on someone is part of cancel culture 101 and a pillar of the Democrat Party.”

Boebert went on to suggest that Omar, who once described 9/11 as “some people did something,” sympathizes with terrorists, saying, “Make no mistake, I will continue to fearlessly put America first, never sympathizing with terrorists. Unfortunately, Ilhan can’t say the same thing. And our country is worse off for it.”

“This isn’t about religion, it’s about the horrible, failed Democrat policies and anti-Americanism that I will call out each and every time I hear it,” she concluded.

For what it’s worth, Boebert did offer an apology on Twitter last week: “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.”

Shortly after the apology, Omar tweeted that Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., “need to take appropriate action, normalizing this bigotry not only endangers my life but the lives of all Muslims.”

Omar, a Somali refugee who once said that she was “tired” of being treated as a “second-class” American because she was Muslim, appears to have overcome that perception, given the pompous statement she issued after the call.

“Today, I graciously accepted a call from Rep. Lauren Boebert in the hope of receiving a direct apology for falsely claiming she met me in an elevator, suggesting I was a terrorist, and for a history of anti-Muslim hate,” Omar said. “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. I decided to end the unproductive call.”

She then used her platform to attack the GOP: “To date, the Republican Party leadership has done nothing to condemn and hold their own members accountable for repeated instances of anti-Muslim hate and harassment. This is not about one hateful statement or one politician; it is about a party that has mainstreamed bigotry and hatred. It is time for Republican Leader McCarthy to actually hold his party accountable.”

If the arrogant self-righteousness was hard to miss in the statement, it managed to shine through in a response to a tweet from Fox News: “There is only so much grace we can extend to others as humans before we must learn to cut our loses or hang up on someone in this case.

The Democratic lawmaker responded to footage of Boebert’s anecdote in a tweet last week: “Fact, this buffoon looks down when she sees me at the Capitol, this whole story is made up. Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout. Anti-Muslim bigotry isn’t funny & shouldn’t be normalized. Congress can’t be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslims tropes get no condemnation.”

Quite a statement from Omar, who prompted the passing of a watered-down House resolution in 2019 condemning “anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism and other forms of bigotry” following the uproar over her criticism of Israel — Speaker Pelosi included the reference to Islamophobia to soften the sting.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., now seen as a “Pelosi Republican” and adored by the media, said at the time: “Representative Omar embodies a vile, hate-filled, anti-Semitic, anti-Israel bigotry. This is a time for the Democratic leaders in this institution to do the right thing. They should remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”

Tom Tillison

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