Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) decided she’d try to boost her credibility with the extreme right-wing of her party by claiming that she’d recently insulted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) while the two shared an elevator at work.
According to HuffPost:
While campaigning in Colorado over the Thanksgiving break, Boebert boasted that she was recently in a Capitol elevator with a staffer when a concerned Capitol police officer rushed over, according to right-wing extremism monitoring site Patriot Takes.
“I look to my left and there she is. Ilhan Omar,” Boebert said in a clip posted by the group. “I say, well, she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine.”
She then claimed that she also looked over to Omar and said, “Oh look, the Jihad squad decided to show up for work today.”
Omar is one of the first two Muslim women in Congress.
Over the Thanksgiving break, Lauren Boebert said she was recently in a Capitol elevator with Ilhan Omar when a fretful Capitol police officer ran up.
Lauren Boebert said: “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.”
Boebert then called Ilhan Omar, “jihad squad.” pic.twitter.com/Y7f0nFbnud
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) November 25, 2021
However, according to Rep. Omar, Boebert is lying:
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. https://t.co/S1APT7RbqW
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 26, 2021
Others on social media joined the debate, with many applauding Omar for calling out Boebert for her attempt to curry favor with right-wingers:
So Boebert is intentionally stoking the xenophobes, to keep the campaign donations flowing. At least, that’s my take.
— Lisa Bonanno (@TrustissuesLisa) November 26, 2021
— Tony (@Mesnia1016) November 26, 2021
As a Christian minister, I stand with Rep. Omar. Lauren Boebert’s religious bigotry should disqualify her from serving in Congress. Just as importantly, @RepBoebert, Islamaphobia is a sin. pic.twitter.com/ujUg0uq8lM
— Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie (@RevChuckCurrie) November 26, 2021
Won’t even look you in the eye. Why does this not surprise me?
— David Eoll (@davideoll) November 26, 2021
This is disgusting. How is this ok? How is this not worthy of censure? Of being stripped of committee assignments? I don’t expect anything from the GOP anymore but, hey, Dems? Anyone going to do anything about this racism and anti-Muslim bigotry? Do Muslim Americans not matter? https://t.co/5l0RvIrOgj
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) November 25, 2021
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