Video has emerged on Tuesday of Republican Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert suggesting Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar is a terrorist at another event she attended in September.
She also called two progressive lawmakers ‘black-hearted’ and said liberals wanted to turn her sons into women in her controversial remarks.
Boebert earned public outrage and calls to be stripped of her committee assignments just last week when she was caught on video making an Islamophobic joke about sharing an elevator with Omar when a Capitol police officer allegedly ran in with them.
”’Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine,”’ Boebert recalled while addressing supporters during the holiday break.
She told a similar story in the clip from September, taken at a Staten Island, New York Conservative Party dinner, although this time she claimed to have been in the elevator with a member of her staff.
‘One of my staffers, on his first day with me, got into an elevator in the Capitol. And in that elevator, we were joined by Ilhan Omar,’ Boebert told her smartly-dressed audience.
‘Well, it was just us three in there and I looked over and I said, “Well, lookey there, it’s the Jihad Squad.’
Boebert smiled as the room broke into laughter and applause.
She continued, ‘I do have to say she doesn’t have a backpack, she wasn’t dropping it and running so we’re good.’
The video, which made headlines on Tuesday, was posted to Facebook on September 2. Boebert was addressing the Conservative Party of New York City’s Richmond County
On Tuesday former President Donald Trump joined in the GOP barrage directed at progressive Omar.
‘Congresswoman Ilhan 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!’ the former president said in a statement.
The footage of Boebert’s remarks was posted on Facebook by a candidate for Staten Island Borough President on September 2.
Elsewhere in the video she said Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan were ‘blac-hearted, evil women.’
She also blasted Democrats by saying she was raising her four sons to be ‘men before get ahold of them and raise them to be women.’
It appears her fellow GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York, who is leaving the House in 2022 to run for governor, was also in attendance.
Omar responded to the latest video on Twitter, calling Boebert’s story a ‘dangerous tale.’
‘The evolution of this dangerous tale is frightening. Trying to come up with the most bigoted ways to traffic Islamophobic tropes is the brand of the Republican party. It should be clear by now that there needs to be real consequence for this hateful anti-Muslim rhetoric. Enough!’ she wrote.-
She said she called Rep. Ilhan Omar the ‘jihad squad’ to her face
Boebert’s comments from last week sparked a new battle between Democrats and Republicans, with allies of the two lawmakers also stepping in.
GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Tuesday called her Republican House colleague Nancy Mace ‘trash’ for saying Boebert’s earlier Omar suicide bomber joke was ‘disgusting’.
Greene sparked an ugly clash on Twitter when she accused the South Carolina congresswoman of being pro-abortion, told her to ‘hang with your real gal pals in the Jihad Squad’ and wrote ‘your out of your league’.
Mace hit back by correcting the ‘you’re’ spelling in Greene’s tweet, called herself a ‘pro-life fiscal conservative’ and added: ‘What I’m not is a religious bigot (or racist). You might want to try that over there in your little ‘league”.
The back-and-forth over Boebert’s comments played out after Mace on Sunday condemned ‘racist tropes’ and ‘disgusting comments’ on both sides of the aisle when Boebert compared Ilhan Omar to a suicide bomber.
That defense of a Democratic lawmaker did not sit well with Greene, who has clashed with lawmakers from both parties and had her committee assignments stripped after a House vote following her own incendiary comments.
‘@NancyMace is the trash in the GOP Conference,’ tweeted Greene.
‘Never attacked by Democrats or RINO’s (same thing) because she is not conservative, she’s pro-abort. Mace you can back up off of @laurenboebert or just go hang with your real gal pals, the Jihad Squad. Your out of your league,’ she wrote.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) defended herself online after fellow Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene called her the ‘trash’ of the GOP Conference
Mace responded immediately with a defense of herself – and a grammar correction for Greene.
‘*you’re,’ she wrote – leading her response with Greene’s error.
‘And, while I’m correcting you, I’m a pro-life fiscal conservative who was attacked by the Left all weekend (as I often am) as I defied China while in Taiwan. What I’m not is a religious bigot (or racist). You might want to try that over there in your little ‘league,’ she wrote.
There was still another dark turn in the escalating fight. Mace retweeted reporter Eric Michael Garcia, who wrote that Green was calling Mace ‘pro-abort’ ‘because Mace was raped in high school and as a result, wants exemptions for abortion bans for rape and incest, which many anti-abortion conservatives also support.’
Mace retweeted the comment, and recalled in her response: ‘This was a devastating and life-changing traumatic event. I had no hope for the future, turned to drugs and alcohol, dropped out of school, and never thought I’d make it. Beyond disgusted.’
She wrote in yet another missive: ‘Pretty sad when a member of your own conference chooses to tell lies. All in the name of grifting. That I am certain.’
Greene told Mace (R-S.C.) to ‘just go hang with your real gal pals, the Jihad Squad’
Mace called Greene a ‘religious bigot’ and a racist and corrected the spelling in ‘your out of your league’
Mace tweeted about a ‘devastating and life-changing traumatic event’ after Green called her ‘pro-abort,’ in a likely reference to her support for an exception on abortion bans in cases of rape and incest
The clash came amid pressure on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to rein in Boebert for her attacks – just days after McCarthy and most of the conference stood by Rep. Paul Gosar for posting an anime video that portrayed him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Mace, who returned form a congressional delegation to Taiwan, told CNN Sunday she now carries a gun ‘because of the threats that I get from the fringes of both parties right now.’
‘This has to stop,’ Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) told CNN Monday, condemning Boebert’s attacks.
‘I … condemn the kind of comments that were made by my colleague in Congress towards a fellow colleague on the other side of the aisle,’ said Reed. ‘This is a pox on all our houses.’ He added: ‘We have degraded to a point in the institution of Congress [to a] level of hate I’ve never felt before.’
Boebert on Monday claimed Ilhan Omar hung up on her during a telephone call to ease tensions after she joked about the Democratic lawmaker being a suicide bomber, and then went on to accuse her rival of being anti-American and a terrorist sympathizer.
Rep. Lauren Boebert renewed her Islamophobic attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar on Monday, accusing the Somali-born lawmaker and Muslim of being a terrorist sympathizer
If the phone call was meant to smooth over an ugly row, the Colorado Republican’s video message will only enflame matters.
And it will increase pressure on Republican leaders to denounce her remarks and punish her behavior.
According to Boebert’s account, the two demanded apologies of each other in their phone call.
‘I told Ilhan Omar that she should make a public apology to the American people for her anti-American, antisemitic anti-police rhetoric,’ she said in a video posted to Instagram.
‘She continued to press and I continued to press back and then representative Omar hung up on me.
‘Rejecting an apology and hanging up on someone is part of cancel culture 101.’
For her part, Omar said she had accepted the call because she believed in engaging those with whom she disagreed.
Mace mentioned her recent trip to Taiwan as she pushed back at Green
Boebert offered an apology on Twitter Friday to the Muslim community, but said that she would speak with Rep Omar directly
‘Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments,’ she said in a statement.
‘She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call.
‘I believe in engaging with those we disagree with respectfully, but not when that disagreement is rooted in outright bigotry and hate.’
The video triggered an angry reaction last week, while lawmakers were home for Thanksgiving.
‘Saying I am a suicide bomber is no laughing matter,’ Omar tweeted Friday. ‘[GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy] and [Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi] need to take appropriate action, normalizing this bigotry not only endangers my life but the lives of all Muslims. Anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in Congress.’
The Congressional Black Caucus also issued a condemnation of Boebert Friday, saying her conduct was ‘morally reprehensible and dangerous’ and would lead to further death threats on Omar’s family.
Boebert tweeted Thursday: ‘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 unnecessary distraction.’
She published a video message on Monday afternoon, saying that a conversation – albeit truncated – had happened.
Lauren Boebert, the Colorado congresswoman, was at an event where she told a story about Ilhan Omar, representative for Minnesota
Ilhan Omar, pictured on September 21, is – along with Rashida Tlaib – one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress
Omar asked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to punish Boebert
The Congressional Black Caucus offered their own condemnation of Boebert’s words
‘I will continue to fearlessly put America first, never sympathizing with terrorists,’ she said.
‘Unfortunately, Ilhan can’t say the same thing. And our country is worse off for it.’
Boebert has made a quick name for herself in Washington since taking up her seat in January, part of a new generation of lawmakers that sees controversy as their currency.
She has delighted in trolling liberals, insisting on her right to bring a gun onto the floor of the House, voting to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory and maintaining a fiery presence on social media in which she insists Biden and Democrats are leading the country to socialism.
And her backpack slur attracted a whole new cycle of attention.
It erupted after video emerged of her telling the joke to a crowd of supporters – recounting a supposed encounter that Omar quickly confirmed as a lie.
With the Stars and Stripes hanging behind her, Boebert tells her ‘joke’
Over the Thanksgiving break, Lauren Boebert said she was recently in a Capitol elevator with Ilhan Omar when a fretful Capitol police officer ran up.
Lauren Boebert said: “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.”
Boebert then called Ilhan Omar, “jihad squad.” pic.twitter.com/Y7f0nFbnud
— PatriotTakes (@patriottakes) November 25, 2021
‘So the other night was not my first ‘jihad squad’ moment,’ said Boebert.
‘I was getting into an elevator with one of my staffers. And he and I were leaving the Capitol, we’re going back to my office, we get in the elevator, and I see a Capitol Police officer running, hurriedly, to the elevator.
‘I see threat all over his face, and he’s reaching. The door’s shutting, and I can’t open it.
‘I look to my left, and there she is. Ilhan Omar.
‘And I say well, she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine.’
The crowd reacted with a mixture of shocked gasps and muffled laughter.
Boebert added: ‘The jihad squad decided to show up for work today.’
Ilhan Omar is pictured with Pramila Jayapal, another member of ‘The Squad’
The clip rapidly went viral, and was seen 2.2 million times on Twitter, with many calling for Boebert to be reprimanded by her party and stripped of her committee assignments.
But Omar, 39, swiftly said that the incident Boebert described never happened.
‘Fact, this buffoon looks down when she sees me at the Capitol, this whole story is made up,’ said Omar.
‘Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout. 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.’
Boebert (left) is seen on October 21 sitting next to fellow members of Congress Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene
On social media, many were disgusted with Boebert’s remarks, pointing out that you would be fired from many jobs for making similar comments.
‘Censure Boebert and remove her from all committees — then we vote her out!’ said one woman.
‘The Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the United States — REALLY!?!’
Another said: ‘What the Hell. Strip her of committees, too. In for a penny in for a pound.
‘This cannot be acceptable behavior. In any other employee situation, the person would be fired immediately for violation of personnel policies.’
Another added: ‘Doesn’t Congress have an HR department? I mean if you said that to a coworker at McDs you’d get fired. WTF?’
‘If I literally did the EXACT thing in a Colorado public school I would be suspended and then fired,’ said another.
‘Why does Congress not have ANY repercussions for this sort of behavior?’
One woman said that her remarks were indicative of how low standards in public life had sunk.
‘This is such a grossly unpatriotic, dangerous comment coming from a member of Congress,’ she said.
‘It’s beyond deplorable, beyond censure. Watching LB say these things with an unenthusiastic smattering of applause really hits just how low standards in the US gov’t have become since ’16.’