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Omar ends 'unproductive call' with GOP lawmaker who made anti-Muslim remarks

Hunter Woodall, Star Tribune on

Published in Political News

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar said Monday that she ended an "unproductive call" with Rep. Lauren Boebert, after failing to get the apology she was seeking from the Republican for earlier anti-Muslim comments.

Omar said she took the call from the Republican from Colorado "in the hope of receiving a direct apology for falsely claiming she met me in an elevator, suggesting I was a terrorist, and for a history of anti-Muslim hate."

"Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments," Omar said in a statement, adding that Boebert "instead doubled down on her rhetoric."

In a video posted on Facebook shortly before Omar's statement was released, Boebert said when the two spoke on the phone Omar asked 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," Boebert said.

The controversy stems from a different video clip posted on social media last week by PatriotTakes, an organization describing itself as "exposing right-wing extremism." Boebert can be heard telling an audience that she was on a Capitol Hill elevator when a Capitol Police officer hurried toward her.

 

"I look to my left and there she is. Ilhan Omar. And I said, 'Well, she doesn't have a backpack, we should be fine," Boebert told the audience, which can be heard applauding. Boebert added, "and I said, 'Oh look, the jihad squad decided to show up for work today."

As the controversy grew Friday, Boebert tweeted "I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar. I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly."

The verbal attack against Omar is an example of the hateful rhetoric the second-term Democrat and refugee from Somalia has faced since becoming one of the first two Muslim women elected to serve in Congress.

During her tenure in Washington, Omar has faced a consistent barrage of attacks from Republicans. Omar has also found herself facing controversies of her own at times.

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