Politics Hoyer: House Dems 'considering what action ought to be taken' against Boebert for Omar comments
Ilhan Omar Calls Lauren Boebert 'Buffoon' Over Jihad Squad Remarks
The Minnesota representative called out Boebert who told a "made up" story many have condemned for being anti-Muslim.Anti-right-wing-extremism website PatriotTakes shared a video it said had been filmed in Boebert's home state of Colorado over the Thanksgiving break.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday are leaving open the option to potentially censure Rep. Lauren Boebert or remove her from her committee assignments as a dispute between her and " " member Rep. Ilhan Omar continues to simmer.
"We're considering what action ought to be taken," Hoyer, D-Md., said when asked if Boebert, R-Colo., should be stripped of her committee assignments or censured.
Hoyer added that he didn't want to "prejudge" what actions Democrats will take against Boebert because they haven't had conversations about what they'll do yet.
The dispute started when Boebert was recently filmed telling supporters that she had a run-in with Omar, D-Minn., in a Capitol building elevator. She said she was getting in the elevator with a staffer when she saw a Capitol police officer running toward them "with fret all over his face" in an effort to stop the elevator door from closing.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger retweets Lauren Boebert's primary challenger after calling the Colorado lawmaker 'TRASH' for her anti-Muslim story about Ilhan Omar
"Help me take out the trash," Marina Zimmerman, a Republican primary challenger to Boebert, wrote on Twitter. Kinzinger retweeted her message.A video posted on Twitter on Thursday by PatriotTakes — an organization that researches and monitors "the extremism and radicalization of the far right" — showed Boebert at a campaign event recounting a supposed run-in with Omar at the US Capitol.
Boebert added: "And I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.'"
Boebert faced swift backlash and apologized for her comment. But a phone call between the pair went poorly, according to all involved.
"Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments. She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call," Omar said in a statement.
"She kept asking for a public apology so I told Ilhan Omar that she should make a public apology to the American people for her anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-police rhetoric. She continued to press and I continued to press back. And then, Representative Omar hung up on me," Boebert said.
Lauren Boebert Apologizes to Muslims for Ilhan Omar Comment, Calls It a 'Distraction'
"There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction," the congresswoman tweeted on Friday.Boebert referred to her Democratic colleague as a member of the "Jihad Squad" during a discussion about the censure of fellow Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona earlier this month. Boebert received further criticism this week after a video surfaced in which she discussed riding an elevator with Omar.
House Democrats already stripped Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., of their committee assignments this year. And they formally censured Gosar over an animated video his office made showing him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
Before eventually saying the House could act against Boebert, Hoyer avoided giving a direct answer on what the House should do about her, simply criticizing Republicans for allowing moving "down a path of divisiveness, of acrimony, of threats."
Hoyer also said he recommended against Omar and Boebert speaking on the phone.
"Mr. McCarthy said he thought she wanted to apologize," Hoyer said, referring to Boebert. "I called Mr. McCarthy back and I said I don't think that will be a productive conversation."
And when Boebert did call Omar, Hoyer said, "It was not an apology, it was a rationalization."
The Democratic leader also praised Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., who sit on the Jan. 6 Committee, for breaking with their party on some issues.
"Ms. Cheney and Mr. Kinzinger have shown great courage to call out and criticize and ask accountability for language such as Ms. Boebert used," Hoyer said.
Fox News' Houston Keene contributed to this report.
Ilhan Omar reveals graphic anti-Muslim voicemail threat .
Rep. Ilhan Omar revealed on Tuesday a threatening voicemail she says came hours after her phone call with fellow congresswoman Lauren Boebert, which by all accounts escalated a feud between the two that began with the emergence of a video of Boebert making anti-Muslim comments about Omar. © Provided by Washington Examiner Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, appeared with Reps. Andre Carson and Rashida Tlaib, the two other Muslim members of the House, calling on Republican leadership to condemn Boebert for her conduct.