Boebert apologizes to Muslims as Democrats call for 'real action to confront racism'

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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) tweeted an apology to Muslims on Friday after Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) called her out for "anti-Muslim bigotry" over an anecdote she shared in a recent speech.

Hours later, Democratic leadership released a statement blasting Boebert's "Islamophobic and racist comments" and calling on their GOP counterparts to "finally take real action to confront racism.”

In a video of her speech, Boebert tells a story — which Omar says never happened — in which they are in an elevator together and a Capitol Police officer is hurrying toward the elevator as the door is closing.

"I look to my left, and there she is. Ilhan Omar. I said, ‘Well she doesn't have a backpack, we should be fine,’ ” Boebert told the laughing crowd.

Omar called Boebert a "buffoon" in a tweet about the video on Thursday. “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,” she wrote.

Boebert apologized for the comments in a tweet Friday afternoon and said she had reached out to speak with Omar directly.

"I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar," Boebert wrote. "There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction."

Later in the day, Democratic leadership released their statement, which called for Boebert to "fully retract these comments and refrain from making similar ones going forward."

“Congresswoman Boebert’s repeated, ongoing and targeted Islamophobic comments and actions against another Member of Congress, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, are both deeply offensive and concerning," they wrote.

“Leader [Kevin] McCarthy and the entire House Republican Leadership’s repeated failure to condemn inflammatory and bigoted rhetoric from members of their conference is outrageous," they added. "We call on the Republican Leadership to address this priority with the Congresswoman and to finally take real action to confront racism.”

The Hill has reached out to the offices of Omar, Boebert and McCarthy for comment.

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Randy Woods

Let me see if I understand this muzzi correctly. It is ok for her to be to go after Christians and Jews, but it isn't ok to go after her religion and beliefs? They want to either kill or enslave all who are not their faith. All one has to do is read to see that is what the end goal is.


Stop letting racist like Omar from getting into America. That’d be a good start. She’s a piece of 💩. She was married to her brother. Her new husband has received $100000+ from Omar’s campaign funds. She supports full blown communism in America. Folks, keep your powder dry.


Well, considering who she is talking about it was funny. I mean, Omar loves her brother unconditionally but hates America the same,so I can see why it was said. Let's go, Brandon!


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