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Rep. Ilhan Omar Calls on Congressional Leaders to Punish Rep. Boebert over Anti-Muslim Remarks

HeadlineNov 29, 2021

Minnesota Congressmember Ilhan Omar is calling on congressional leaders to sanction Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert, after the far-right lawmaker joked to her constituents that Omar was a suicide bomber. Boebert’s hateful remarks were shared on Twitter, where they’ve received over 5 million views.

Rep. Lauren Boebert: “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.’”

Crowd: [laughing]

Rep. Lauren Boebert: “And I said, 'Oh, look, the Jihad Squad decided to show up for work today.'”

Crowd: [cheering]

In 2018, Congressmember Omar became the first Somali American and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. She tweeted after Boebert’s remarks, “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.” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has yet to condemn Boebert’s statements.

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