People on social media are calling for the expulsion of GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert, of Colorado, for launching a new Islamophobic attack against Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar (Minn.) following a tense phone call between the two lawmakers on Monday.
Both representatives issued separate statements after the phone call, making clear that neither found the conversation to be helpful in settling their differences.
“Today, I graciously accepted a call from Rep. Lauren Boebert 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.
“She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call,” Omar added. “I believe in engaging with those we disagree with respectfully, but not when that disagreement is rooted in outright bigotry and hate.”
Meanwhile, Boebert doubled down on her bigotry and demanded an apology from Omar.
“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 in a video posted on Twitter. “She continued to press and I continued to press back and then Rep. Omar hung up on me. Rejecting an apology and hanging up on someone is part of cancel culture 101 and a pillar of the Democrat Party,” Boebert continued.
She then suggested Omar sympathizes with terrorists.
“Make no mistake, I will continue to fearlessly put America first, never sympathizing with terrorists. Unfortunately, Ilhan can’t say the same thing. And our country is worse off for it,” Boebert said.
The controversy involving the two lawmakers began after a video surfaced over Thanksgiving weekend of Boebert lying about a Capitol police officer confusing Omar with a terrorist.
Boebert’s lastest comments were met with disdain from social media users who are demanding her expulsion from Congress.
I called and spoke with Ilhan Omar today. I thought you would like to hear details about the call directly from me. pic.twitter.com/wEtrIyVjdl
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) November 29, 2021
Ilhan Omar is a far better American than Lauren Boebert will ever be.
— Khashoggi’s Ghost (@UROCKlive1) November 29, 2021
After Lauren Boebert called Ilhan Omar a terrorist and made islamophobic comments, she called Omar, declined to publicly apologize, and instead, demanded a public apology from Omar.
Expel Lauren Boebert immediately.
— Aaron Parnas (@AaronParnas) November 29, 2021
Boebert says she had a contentious phone call with Omar about her anti-Muslim remarks. She says that Omar demanded a public apology, but Boebert said that it was Omar who should apologize. She later goes onto suggest that Omar sympathizes with terroristshttps://t.co/YpJeEz5f5E
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 29, 2021
Today Lauren Boebert demanded that Rep. Ilhan Omar apologize to her.
You really can’t make this shit up.
— Jack Cocchiarella (@JDCocchiarella) November 29, 2021
This is much bigger than Boebert. The Republican President literally ran on a Muslim ban and attacking Muslim gold star parents. Marjorie Taylor Greene harassed our staff, saying @IlhanMN had to swear an oath on the Christian Bible. Anti-Muslim hate is central to their brand. https://t.co/5ndygL2Rki
— Jeremy Slevin (@jeremyslevin) November 29, 2021
I got a call asking if I had seen the Lauren Boebert video. I was like uh yea it’s all over. And they were like…no… TODAY’S Lauren Boebert video.
It’s every fucking day with her. https://t.co/bgcyUDgO6n
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) November 29, 2021
If only the media did more coverage of Lauren Boebert’s reconnaissance tours of Congress leading up to the insurrection or about her tweeting out Speaker Pelosi’s location during the attack as much as they now want to focus on her fake apology setup for propaganda.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) November 29, 2021
I say again: the House needs to strip Lauren Boebert of her committee assignments and launch an investigation for expulsion. If she's going to make blatantly racist and xenophobic comments and threaten her colleagues, she needs to face consequences.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) November 30, 2021