Boebert and Omar have contentious appeal amid backlash over anti-Muslim remarks :: WRAL.com
CNN – Republican Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota spoke on the phone, the two members of Congress confirmed on Monday, amid criticism of Boebert’s anti-Muslim remarks against Omar.
The call did little to calm tensions between the two lawmakers, as Omar says he hung up on Boebert after “refusing to publicly acknowledge his hurtful and dangerous comments.”
“She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call,” Omar said in a statement.
In social media posts, Boebert says she spoke to Omar and told him: “I have reflected on my previous remarks, now as a strong Christian woman who values faith deeply, I do not never want what I say to offend someone’s religion. ” She confirmed that Omar asked for a public apology – and that instead, she challenged Omar to apologize for some of the comments she had made in the past.
“I will fearlessly continue to put America first, never sympathizing with terrorists,” Boebert said. “Unfortunately, Ilhan cannot say the same and our country is worse off.”
In his statement, Omar reiterated his call for parliamentary minority leader Kevin McCarthy to take action against Boebert.
“I believe in dialogue with those with whom we respectfully disagree, but not when that disagreement is rooted in outright bigotry and hatred,” Omar said in his statement. “To date, the leadership of the Republican Party has done nothing to condemn and hold its own members accountable for the repeated cases of anti-Muslim hatred and harassment.
On Friday, Boebert apologized to “anyone in the Muslim community whom I have offended” on Twitter after a video of her making anti-Muslim comments was released last weekend about Omar . In the video posted earlier this month to Facebook, Boebert hinted that Omar was mistaken for a terrorist in a Capitol Hill elevator. Boebert’s comments were reported by the PatriotTakes Twitter account, a left-wing group that studies right-wing extremism and is associated with liberal PAC MeidasTouch.
Last week, Omar called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and McCarthy to take action against Boebert, who has repeatedly made anti-Muslim remarks and called Omar, who is one of two Muslim women in Congress , member of the “jihad squad.”
“The normalization of this bigotry puts not only my life, but that of all Muslims,” Omar said in another tweet initially responding to Boebert’s comments. “Anti-Muslim sectarianism has no place in Congress.”
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