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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.
A group of five Democratic Caucus chairscalling for the removal of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) from her committee assignments in the wake of her "repeated anti-Muslim attacks."
The letter comes as tension has increased surrounding Boebert and comments she has made about Rep. (D-Minn.), including that she and suggesting she may be a terrorist herself.
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.
Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty, Congressional Asian Pacific American Chair Judy Chu, Congressional Equality Caucus Chair David Cicilline and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Raul Ruiz joined forces in the Wednesday condemnation.
"Today, we are calling for Representative Boebert to be removed from her committee assignments," the group wrote.
"There must be consequences for vicious workplace harassment and abuse that creates an environment so unsafe for colleagues and staff that it invites death threats against them. There must be consequences for elected representatives who traffic in anti-Muslim and racist tropes that make all Muslims across the country less safe. There must be consequences when Members of Congress demonize an entire religion and promote hate from their positions of public trust."
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.
Condemning attacks on a colleague's religion shouldn't be a partisan issue, they argued.
"But this is the level to which the GOP leader and too many members of the Republican party have sunk," the chairs wrote, slamming House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's lack of action on Boebert's remarks.
They added, "In refusing to hold his membership accountable, Representative McCarthy condones this hatred and the danger it incites."
Others have criticized McCarthy for his silence, including Speaker (D-Calif.), several Democrats, and notably, .
"I think whenever, even in our own caucus, our own members, if they go the wrong direction, I mean, it has to be called out. It has to be dealt with, particularly whenever it is breaching the civility, whenever it is crossing the line in terms of violence or increasing the divide in our country," Hutchinson told host on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.
Boebert's remarks also a fight within the House between Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), who criticized Boebert, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who called Mace "trash" for doing so. Mace responded by calling her fellow first-term Republican congresswoman "batshit crazy."
McCarthy on Wednesdaywith Republicans to stop attacking each other, admonishing them that "Congress is not junior high."
Dozens of Democrat lawmakers want Lauren Boebert to be stripped of her committee assignments following her anti-Muslim 'Jihad Squad' comments .
"Rep. Boebert has repeatedly weaponized dangerous, anti-Muslim bigotry at our colleague Representative Ilhan Omar," read a statement from lawmakers.In a letter released on Wednesday, five House Democrat caucus chairs — Reps. Pramila Jayapal, Joyce Beatty, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, and Raul Ruiz — led the call for Boebert to face "consequences" for her anti-Muslim rhetoric.