Over 40 House Democrats are calling for the immediate removal of of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) from her committee assignments for “weaponizing bigotry” with Islamophobic attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), according to The Washington Post:

“There must be consequences for vicious workplace harassment and abuse that creates an environment so unsafe for colleagues and staff that it invites death threats against them,” the Democratic chairs wrote in a letter, alluding to threats Omar has received after the attacks by Boebert.

“There must be consequences when Members of Congress demonize an entire religion and promote hate from their positions of public trust,” they wrote.

The letter was signed by  Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Joyce Beatty (D-OH),  Judy Chu (D-CA), David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Raul Ruiz (D-CA).

Additionally, the letter chastised House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for failing to condemn Boebert’s behavior:

“Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has absolutely failed in leading his caucus to condemn hatred and bigotry, much less to maintain any basic standards of decency within the halls of Congress,” the five Democratic leaders wrote. “He is unwilling or unable to control his own members from inciting violence against other Members of Congress or encouraging bigotry and hatred. If he cannot lead his own caucus, he certainly will never be able to lead the House of Representatives.”

The comments from Boebert came during a stop she made to her congressional district:

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.

Boebert’s colleague, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was removed from her committee assignments in February for remarks she made:

The Georgia freshman (came) under fire … for her history of trafficking in racism, anti-Semitism and baseless conspiracy theories, along with her support for online comments encouraging violence against Democratic officials prior to taking office.

Boebert currently serves on the Committee on Natural Resources and the Budget Committee. She is also on subcommittees for indigenous peoples and water, oceans, and wildlife.

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