Boebert refuses to give public apology after a controversial call with Omar

The call did little to dampen tensions between the two lawmakers, as Omar says she hung up on Boebert after she “refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments.”

“She instead doubled her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call,” Omar said in a statement.

In social media posts, Boebert says she spoke to Omar and that she told her, “I have reflected on my previous remarks, now as a strong Christian woman who values ​​faith deeply, I will never want anything I do says, insults someone’s religion. ” She confirmed that Omar had asked for a public apology – and that she had instead challenged Omar to give her own apology for some of the comments she had previously made.

“I will fearlessly continue to put America first and never sympathize with terrorists,” Boebert said. “Unfortunately, Ilhan cannot say the same, and our country is in a worse position for that.”

In his statement, Omar reiterated his call for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to intervene against Boebert.

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“I believe in respectfully engaging with those with whom we disagree, but not when that disagreement is rooted in outright bigotry and hatred,” Omar said in his statement. “To date, the Republican Party leadership has done nothing to condemn and hold their own members accountable for repeated cases of anti-Muslim hatred and harassment.”

On Friday, Boebert had apologized to “anyone in the Muslim community I insulted” on Twitter after a video surfaced of her with anti-Muslim comments about Omar last weekend. In the video, which was posted earlier this month on Facebook, Boebert hinted that Omar had been mistaken for a terrorist in an elevator on Capitol Hill. Boebert’s comments were highlighted by the Twitter account PatriotTakes, a left-wing group that researches right-wing extremism and is affiliated with the liberal PAC MeidasTouch.

Last week, Omar called on House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and McCarthy to take action against Boebert, who has repeatedly made anti-Muslim remarks, citing Omar, one of two Muslim women in Congress, as a member of “jihad troops”. . “

“Normalizing this bigotry is endangering not only my life, but the lives of all Muslims,” ​​Omar said in another tweet, which initially responded to Boebert’s comments. “Anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in Congress.”

CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski contributed to this report.

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