Lauren Boebert: An apology without apology to Ilhan Omar

At one point, everyone has offered someone they have wronged a bad excuse. You know, the kind of excuse where you do not take responsibility for the act itself, but still expect forgiveness of sins from the person you have offended. For most people, this is not their best moment.

For Colorado’s Lauren Boebert, it’s just a continuation of her downgrading of the political process at the national level. Boebert’s shtick is inherently negative. It’s racism. It’s ignorance. It’s evil and hubris. And for a concerned part of the voting public, it is inexplicably popular.

Boebert spent most of the Thanksgiving week insulting Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District Representative, Ilhan Omar, in various ways. This series of offenses started in the debate – as it were – over Arizona Representative Paul Gosar’s video tweet, in which he killed Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacked President Joe Biden in anime style. Gosar, who has been condemned by his own family as “contemptible” and dismissed as “collection of wet toothpicks“by the AOC, was censored by the House and stripped of its committee duties because of the tweet. But Boebert took a vituperative stance on the floor, calls the procedures a “stupid waste of house time” and then adds that “since the chairman has appointed the floor to discuss members’ inappropriate actions, shall we?” She went on to launch an unprovoked attack on Omar, referring to her as the “Minnesota Jihad Squad” and claimed that the congresswoman “paid her husband – and not her brother-in-law, the other – over a million dollars in campaign funds. ”

No, Omar did not marry his brother – it is a racist, right-wing lie born out of xenophobia and threats reminiscent of the ridiculousness of Obama’s birth certificate. And while Omar’s husband runs a political consulting firm that was once employed in Omar’s campaign, they married in 2020, checking with the FEC to make sure everything was kosher, and Omar terminated their business relationship after her re-election so there would be “no perceived problem.”

While Boebert lobbied her lies, she also opened the door to accusations of “people living in glass houses”. As Omar subsequently pointed out in a tweet, Boebert’s husband-related story is not just rumors, but a a public register – from his prison sentence for “gruesome exposure” back in January 2004 to raising half a million a year as an oil and gas consultant when his wife voted on related bills in Congress.

But Boebert did not withdraw. With a losing hand, she doubled:

During the Thanksgiving break, Boebert reappeared on social media, making that kind of stand-up routine with an open microphone that makes you appreciate the heavy slopes at a minimum of two drinks. “I have an Ilhan story for you, ”She said, beaming a big smile, naming her“ Jihad squad ”line, which has been one of her big hits on the far right. She went on to tell of a meeting in a congress elevator with a Capitol police officer (you know, the ones she voted against giving medals after the uprising on January 6) with “inflammation of the face” running towards the elevator. And the door closes, and she looks around and sees that Omar is also in the elevator, and she says, “Well, she does not have a backpack. We should be fine. “Suicide bombs joke delivered, laughter from the small (and apparently petty) crowd followed, and so did another radiant smile from Boebert.

But Boebert could not leave that moment alone. Like any bullshit story, it had to improve itself in its constant retelling, otherwise it loses its power to shock and entertain. So Boebert added that she followed up with “Oh, look. It looks like the Jihad Squad decided to show up for work today.” More smiling. More tuderi. More festive common hatred.

The elevator incident never happened, but that does not mean too much of today’s Republican party, which seems to yearn for as much obscenity as its worst troll representatives can dish up.

But after widespread condemnation of Boebert’s standup routine, she decided to listen to the one in her ear who told her she had gone too far, and on Black Friday she aired the kind of apology that a tween could offer. , when they were forced to do so. by the middle school principal. Apologizing for hurting someone’s feelings is not the point; by virtue of not addressing the false and hurtful allegation, Boebert stood by what she had said. She had tripled. She might as well have just said, “Sorry, you snowflakes can not handle the truth” and then added “no.”

The emptiness of Boebert’s apology was exacerbated by a follow-up phone call to Omar, in which she rejected Omar’s request for an apology in the media so she and all Americans could see that such behavior was awful. “She kept asking for a public apology,” Boebert said, “so I told Ilhan Omar that she should give a public apology to the American people for her anti-American, anti-Semitic and anti-police rhetoric.”

So instead of folding a bad hand, Boebert quadrupled.

And Ilhan Omar put on her. An understandable trait, certainly, but one that will no doubt nourish the self-righteous fire of false indignation so characteristic of Boebert’s base. This is a group that demands absolute respect – including their right not to have respect for anyone else.

Later on November 29, the US-Islamic Relations Council called for a no-confidence motion by Boebert, essentially for all of the above. “Enough is enough,” said CAIR’s director of government affairs, Robert McCaw. “Accusing one of the first American Muslim women elected to Congress to be un-American and sympathizing with terrorists is a disgusting new low for Representative Boebert. Republican leaders of Congress, starting with Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, must condemn this bigotry and demand that Representative Boebert apologize immediately, clearly and publicly. If she refuses to do so again, President Pelosi and Leader Hoyer should move to criticize her. “Islamophobia is an acceptable form of bigotry in the halls of Congress.”

Whatever the congressional leadership does, Boebert will no doubt continue to prove she’s a “stupid waste of house time.”


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