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The phone call between Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., And Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Was aimed at defusing tensions after the Republican made Islamophobic comments about the Democrat.
Both members of Congress agree that the call did not go well.
The communication came after the release of a video of Boebert telling an audience in Colorado a story about how she once shared an elevator with Omar. Boebert said he saw a US Capitol police officer running for the elevator. “I looked to my left and here she is: Ilhan Omar. And I said, ‘Well she doesn’t have a backpack, she should be fine.’ “The audience laughed. She also called Omar a member of the “Jihad Squad”. Omar denied that the incident recounted by Boebert ever took place.
Omar said he spoke with Boebert on Monday in the hope of receiving a “direct apology”.
“Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Representative Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments. She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end this unproductive call,” Omar said in a statement. “I believe in engaging with those we disagree with respectfully, but not when that disagreement is rooted in bigotry and hatred.”
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Boebert agreed the call did not go well. On her personal Instagram account, she gave her version of the call: “I never want anything I say to offend anyone’s religion, so I said [Omar] that, “she said.” Even after making a public statement to this effect, she said she still wanted a public apology because what I had done was not good enough. “
Friday, the far-right MP tweeted an apology “to anyone in the Muslim community” offended by his comments, but no apologies to Omar.
Instead, Boebert said, as Omar pushed for a direct and public apology, she said Omar “should apologize to the American people” for his past rhetoric. After that, Boebert said that Omar “hung up on me”.
Boebert also doubled down, saying she would prioritize “America, never sympathizing with terrorists. Unfortunately, Ilhan can’t say the same.”
The contentious phone call likely means the House will have to deal with the fallout from Boebert’s comments when the chamber returns this week. Omar, along with Democratic leaders, called on Republican leaders to act.
“This is not a hateful statement or a politician; this is a party that has incorporated bigotry and hatred. It is time for the Republican leader [Kevin] McCarthy to hold his party to account, ”Omar said.
Earlier this month, the Democratic-led House censored Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Arizona, after posting an anime-style video on Twitter that shows him assassinating Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., and attacking President Biden.