Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) And André Carson (D-Ind.) Joined forces to condemn the inaction of Republican lawmakers after Rep. Lauren Boeberts (R-Colo.) Repeated Islamophobic remarks against Omar.
“When a sitting member of Congress calls a colleague a member of the ‘jihad troupe’ and falsifies a story to suggest that I want to blow up the Capitol, it’s not just an attack on me, but on millions of American Muslims. all over this country. ” Omar said Tuesday at a news conference that he demanded accountability from Republican House leadership.
In late November, Boebert joked to a crowd that Omar was a suicide bomber, referring to the Muslim legislature as the “jihadist troupe.” And in September, Boebert suggested that Omar was a terrorist at another event, saying, “She do not have a backpack, she did not lose it and ran, so we are good. ”
“Condemning this should not be a party political issue,” Omar said Tuesday. “This is about our fundamental humanity and fundamental rights to religious freedom, which are enshrined in our Constitution.”
Omar called on Republican Party leaders to “hold their members accountable” and “do something to confront anti-Muslim hatred in its ranks.”
Speaking at the press conference, Tlaib said: “Unfortunately, Islamophobia and hate crimes against Muslims are nothing new in our country. And I know that because I have seen it.”
Carson added that this “was not about hurt feelings or malicious words; it was about encouraging people who deliberately encourage violence and irresponsibly spread lies and misinformation.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) Has not publicly condemned Boebert for her Islamophobic attacks.
These are reportedly democratic leaders “considering what should be taken” in response to Boebert’s “harmful and dangerous” remarks, according to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
Omar noted on Tuesday that Boebert’s anti-Muslim hatred does not make the Republican legislature an “outlier,” saying, “The truth is, Islamophobia permeates our culture, our politics.”
Omar played an answering machine she received a few hours after taking the phone with Boebert on Monday after the video of the congresswoman’s anti-Muslim remarks was posted online:
“There are masses who would love the opportunity to remove you from this shitty earth,” a male voice said in the answering machine, calling Omar a “Muslim shit”, a “jihadist” and a “traitor”.
Omar had hung up on Boebert during the Monday call between the two women after Boebert refused to apologize to attack Omar with his anti-Muslim statements.
Earlier this month, the rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.). censored in the house for posting a violent anime video that had been processed to portray him killing rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.).