The House is battling another battle between a right-wing Republican and a member of the progressive “team” – this time reps. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertOmar, Boebert blows each other up after a tense call GOP governor says McCarthy should condemn Boebert’s anti-Muslim remarks. (R-Colo.) And Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar, Boebert blow each other up after a tense call. The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress supports GOP governor says McCarthy should condemn Boebert’s anti-Muslim remarks MORE (D-Minn.).
The war of words between the two lawmakers escalated on Monday when they collided in a heated phone call due to Islamophobic remarks made by Boebert that Omar could be a terrorist.
For Republicans, the fight marked yet another headache, with a member of its far-right flank attacking a prominent progressive legislator of color less than two weeks after the House Democrats moved to criticize and take committee assignments from the Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarDearborn’s Office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back Vigilantes are no longer patriots (R-Ariz.) For posting an edited anime video depicting himself killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDearborn office of rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Restless progressives eye 2024 Five issues that will define the months until the midterm period MORE (DN.Y.).
Democrats, meanwhile, seized on Boebert’s remarks to condemn the GOP as dependent on extremist elements and to pressure the House’s minority leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyDearborn’s Office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized Omar, Boebert blew each other up after a tense call. The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden to update Americans on omicron; Congress back MORE (R-Calif.) To condemn her actions.
At the same time, the Democrats do not seem ready to formally punish Boebert, as they did with Gosar or with Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP’s efforts to downplay the danger of Capitol riots rise The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will meet with Trump ‘soon’ in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) Earlier this year, in the wake of the deadly attack on the Capitol on January 6 because they appear to support political violence.
McCarthy, for her part, said he spoke to Boebert last Friday and that she apologized for her remarks. He also said in a statement that he called the House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOmar, Boebert blow each other up after tense urging. Maryland Democrats target a lone Republican in the redistribution plan The GOP leader’s marathon speech forces House Democrats to push the ballot MORE (D-Md.) Asks for help in coordinating a conversation between Omar and Boebert “so that Congress can come back to talk to each other and work on the challenges facing the American people.”
The controversy between Omar and Boebert began after a video surfaced over the Thanksgiving weekend of Boebert saying she and an employee were on their way up to a Capitol elevator when she saw a Capitol police officer driving against them.
She turned then and saw Omar standing nearby. “I said, ‘Well, she does not have a backpack. We should be fine, “Boebert recalled, laughing at the audience. “And I said, ‘Oh, look.’ The ‘jihad squad’ decided to meet at work today. “
Omar denied that the meeting ever happened and accused Boebert of inventing a false story to smear her.
Unlike Gosar, Boebert initially made an effort to clean up her remarks and issued an apology Friday “to anyone in the Muslim community I insulted with my comment about Rep. Omar.” Boebert also reached out to Omar’s office to speak directly with her.
But any attempt to patch things up was quickly unraveled when Boebert and Omar finally got connected over the phone on Monday.
Omar issued a statement saying she accepted Boebert’s call “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 story with anti “Muslim hatred.”
“Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, the rep denied. Boebert publicly acknowledging her hurtful and dangerous comments. She instead doubled 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 hatred,” she added.
Boebert, for his part, said in a video posted on Instagram that “as a strong Christian woman who values faith deeply, I never want anything I say to offend anyone’s religion.” But she expressed frustration that Omar wanted a more comprehensive public apology, believing that “what I had done was not good enough.”
Boebert, quoting the Minnesota Democrat’s earlier criticism of Israel and support for the “defund the police” movement, went on to re-engage with an Islamophobic trope by proposing Omar sympathize with terrorists.
“Make no mistake, I will continue to fearlessly put America first and never sympathize with terrorists. Unfortunately, Ilhan can not say the same. And our country is in a worse position for that,” Boebert said.
Boebert’s renewed attack on Omar came after Greene tweeted over the weekend that Omar and the “jihad group” – a derogatory term she and Boebert have both used to describe the “team” of progressive colored lawmakers – “do not deserve an apology. “
Aside from repeatedly using the term “jihadist group,” both Greene and Boebert have relied on Islamophobic troops or made anti-Muslim statements.
Before she started working in the house, Greene visited the offices of Omar and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi Tlaib Restless progressive eyes 2024 GOP eyes starting Democrats from seats if House of Representatives turns Tlaib ‘fearful’ while plan for social spending goes to Senate MORE (D-Mich.) – another progressive “hold” member who is also a Muslim – and erroneously claimed that they were not legitimate members of Congress because they placed their office on the Koran instead of the Bible.
Omar also highlighted a clip by Boebert, who in an interview with a conservative talk show host said that “it is really unfortunate that we have US representatives, who are full-time propagandists for Hamas, for state-sponsored terrorism.”
Yet Greene and Boebert are not outstanding on the far right when it comes to expressing anti-Muslim sentiment.
This week’s controversy comes almost six years after earlier President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: The Supreme Court has the power to correct ‘historically wrong’ with abortion order. Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged ‘false hate crime’ overnight in defense and national security – US, Iran return to the negotiating table MORE called for “a total and complete closure of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can find out what’s going on.”
Pueblo County, Colorado, Republican Party chairman Robert Leverington expressed support for Boebert, telling a Colorado radio station that she “probably expressed the feelings of many Americans.”
And earlier this month, it turned out that a Republican candidate who unexpectedly defeated the New Jersey state Senate president had expressed anti-Muslim messages in social media posts.
Other Republicans, meanwhile, distanced themselves from Boebert and urged McCarthy to condemn her statements.
“I think at any time, even in our own caucus, our own members, if they go the wrong way, I think it needs to be called up. It needs to be dealt with, especially when it breaks the courtesy, when it crosses the border with violence or increase the gap in our country, says Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonGOP Governor says McCarthy should condemn Boebert’s anti-Muslim remarks. Sunday Show Preview: New COVID-19 variant emerges; supply chain problems and inflation continue Arkansas opens boosters for all adults MORE (R) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.
And Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel Kinzinger The GOP’s post-1/6 playbook is ready – and it’s dangerous Kinzinger on a possible gubernatorial bid: ‘I’m the only candidate to win’ against Pritzker McBath to run in the neighboring district after the GOP has drawn lines about. (Ill.), One of the two Republicans who voted to reprimand Gosar this month, tweeted that Boebert is “TRASH”.
“I take sides between decency and disgust in how we govern,” Kinzinger wrote.