Rep. Lauren Boebert makes half-baked apology for terror suspect jibe aimed at Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar

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Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., offered a half-hearted apology for a caught-on-video joke in which she branded fellow member of Congress Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a suspected suicide bomber.

The far right-wing lawmaker Friday claimed she wanted to call Omar about the video, in which she suggested being uncomfortable sharing an elevator at the Capitol with the Somali-born U.S. congresswoman.

“I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar,” Boebert tweeted. “I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly.”

Boebert called the issue a “unnecessary distraction” and said she wants to get back to policy debates.

“There are plenty of policy differences to focus on,” Boebert said.

The staunch supporter of President Donald Trump failed to simply apologize directly to Omar, raising the possibility that she thinks there was some excuse for her Islamophobic jibe.


The slur against Omar surfaced during a videotaped meeting with a group of supporters when she claimed to recall inadvertently interacting with Omar at the Capitol.

Boebert said she was shocked to spot a police officer rushing toward an elevator. That’s when she noticed Omar, whom she claimed was the target of the officer’s concern.

“I see a Capitol Police officer running hurriedly to the elevator. Stress is written all over his face,” she said. “That’s when I look to my left and I see Ilhan Omar.”

Boebert suggested that the cop might have been worried Omar could be a suicide bomber.


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