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Lauren Boebert suggested Ilhan Omar was a suicide bomber in resurfaced video

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) Told a crowd in September that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Didn’t scare her when the two entered an elevator because Omar wasn’t wearing a backpack, a racist comment similar to the one she made last week.

The Islamophobic remark suggesting that Omar is a terrorist who could have been armed with an explosive device was filmed in New York at a Conservative Party dinner in Staten Island.

“One of my employees, on his first day with me, got on an elevator at the Capitol, and in that elevator we were joined by Ilhan Omar,” Boebert told the crowd in September. “There was just the three of us in there and I looked and I said, ‘Well, look over there, it’s the Jihad Squad. “”

The crowd applauds and cheers him in the video.

“She doesn’t have a backpack, so she wasn’t dropping it and therefore not running,” added Boebert.

Boebert continued to repeat a similar story last week, telling a group of Colorado supporters that a Capitol Police officer rushed towards Boebert and Omar while the two were allegedly in an elevator together. A video of his comments was posted online.

“Well, she doesn’t have a backpack, that should be fine,” Boebert told the crowd with a laugh. “And I said, ‘Oh, listen, the Jihad Squad decided to report to work today.'”

Omar said the interaction never happened.

“In fact, this jester lowers his eyes when she sees me at the Capitol, this whole story is made up”, Omar tweeted last Thursday. “Sad, she thinks bigotry has its influence. Anti-Muslim bigotry is no fun and shouldn’t be normalized. Congress cannot be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslim tropes are not condemned. ”

Boebert’s comments drew criticism from some members of his own party, including Rep. Tom Reed (NY), who called his racist comments “pox on all our homes” and from Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (California) should condemn his colleague.

On Monday, Boebert called Omar to tell him that she had “considered” his words.

“I never want anything I say to offend anyone’s religion, so I told them,” Boebert said Monday in an Instagram video recapping conservation.

Omar said Boebert never apologized for the racist comments, so Omar hung up on him.

“Today I graciously accepted a call from Rep. Lauren Boebert in the hope of receiving a direct apology for falsely claiming she met me in an elevator, suggesting that I was a terrorist and for a past of anti-Muslim hatred, ”Omar said. in a statement Monday. “Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Representative Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments. Instead, she doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call.


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