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Trump calls on Omar to 'apologize' after spat with Boebert

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 2021-11-30

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A fter a recent video surfaced of Rep. Lauren Boebert making anti-Muslim comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar, former President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for the Minnesota Democrat to apologize rather than the Colorado Republican.

Without naming Boebert but clearly in reference to the controversy, Trump said in a statement that “Omar should apologize for marrying her brother, committing large-scale immigration and election fraud, wishing death to Israel, and for essentially abandoning her former country, which doesn’t even have a government — Exactly what she’d like to see for the United States!”

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Trump has previously accused Omar of marrying her brother, a claim she has dismissed as “absolutely false and ridiculous” and the product of conspiracy blogs. The claim is unproven.

Boebert referred to the unproven claim in remarks on the House floor earlier this month, referring to Omar’s “brother-husband” while objecting to the censure of Rep. Paul Gosar for tweeting an edited video depicting him as an anime character attacking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden.

Since the 2020 election, the former president has made a series of unfounded claims the election was stolen from him and that Omar has committed “large-scale immigration and election fraud.” He also appeared to take aim at the Somalia-born lawmaker for being an immigrant, accusing her of “essentially abandoning her former country.”

Trump claimed Omar wished death to Israel in another unproven claim. Omar has made controversial remarks about Israel, including a social media post that seemed to compare the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban. Some of her Democratic colleagues pushed back on Omar's remarks, which they characterized as antisemitic.

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In the controversial video, Boebert claims that while she was in an elevator with Omar, a Capitol Police officer appeared to be concerned she was a terrorist.

"'Well, she doesn't have a backpack, we should be fine,'" Boebert recalled saying in an apparent reference to suicide bombings.

Omar called the story “made up” and said Boebert “thinks bigotry gets her clout.”

Boebert initially attempted to walk back the comments but defended them after a tense call with Omar, in which the Minnesota Democrat pressed for a public apology that Boebert refused to give.

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The controversy picked up additional steam Tuesday after Republican infighting ensued when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green attacked Rep. Nancy Mace for condemning Boebert’s remarks. A second comparable video from September also emerged.

The feud between Greene and Mace showed no signs of letting up Tuesday as they continued to take aim at one another.

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Larry Cableguy
11-30

This Trump guy has never apologized for anything. He is a washed up has been that has the support of 10% of the former Republican Party 🥳

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Timothy Houle
11-30

Trump is trying to run out the Clock on the Investegation of the January sixth Insurrection. But time is running out on his delaying tactics and obstruction. This Boebrat controversy is a convenient distraction that he can exascrebate, and keep public attention off his looming legal problems, while keeping hope alive for a big comeback. JUSTICE WILL NOT BE SATISFIED UNTIL TRUMP AND ALL WHO CONSPIRED WITH HIM ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE JANUARY SIXTH INSURRECTION 🗽

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Just the facts
12-01

And the United States 🇺🇸 and the rest of the world is waiting on you to apologize for the destruction, kaos and turmoil you caused in the last 4 years

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