After much backlash against her for comparing Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to terrorists, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Co.) issued an apology. But an advisor to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) still took her to the woodshed anyway.
Boebert implied that Omar is a suicide bomber in a story she completely made up. Omar would go on to fact-check Boebert and there has been an increase in calls for Boebert to be punished. After all, her accusation is not only defamatory, it’s inappropriate and incites violence and hate against a member of Congress and the Muslim community.
On Friday, Boebert issued an apology on Twitter.
I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar. I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly. There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction.
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) November 26, 2021
Frankly, an apology is not enough. Boebert should be censured and expelled.
Of course, Republican leaders in the House won’t do anything. But McConnell advisor Scott Jennings trashed her rhetoric.
“Senator McConnell serves in the Senate. I guarantee you, I know what he’s thinking. It’s a garbage comment from a garbage politician,” Jennings said. “I’m as anti-Squad as the next [Republican], but there’s plenty of ways to debate these folks without stooping to this garbage rhetoric. I noted, by the way, that Boebert has been forced to apologize. I assume that didn’t happen in a vacuum, but she’s of course committed the ultimate sin, which is the people she’s being performative for here would say you never should apologize.”
“Ultimately this is not the future of the party, not the future of the country, not the future of what any of us wants,” Jennings concluded. “These are not the leaders that we need for America or for the Republican Party.”
Here’s the video via YouTube:
If Boebert does not represent the real Republican Party, Republicans should prove it by expelling her from Congress. An apology, which is likely fake anyway, is simply not enough and amounts to a slap on the wrist.
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