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