Pelosi Clobbers Lauren Boebert For Racist Attack On Ilhan Omar


The weird right-wing obsession with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) continued recently with comments from Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), who claimed at an event that she’d (supposedly) been present when Omar had been seemingly “mistaken for a terrorist” by a police officer at the Capitol complex, as summarized by CNN. Boebert claimed at the same event that she’d then turned to Omar and said that the “jihad squad decided to show up for work today.” Omar, for her part, says that the “whole story is made up,” but the problem remains of Boebert’s willingness to antagonistically single out Omar and others like her on account of their ethnic background.

Omar is a Muslim and was born in Somalia before becoming a United States citizen. Alongside other Democratic leaders in the House, who joined together for a joint statement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called out Boebert this week and demanded a retraction. As the statement put it:

‘Racism and bigotry of any form, including Islamophobia, must always be called out, confronted and condemned in any place it is found. This is particularly true in the halls of Congress, which are the very heart of our democracy. Congresswoman Boebert’s repeated, ongoing and targeted Islamophobic comments and actions against another Member of Congress, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, are both deeply offensive and concerning. This language and behavior are far beneath the standard of integrity, dignity and decency with which the Constitution and our constituents require that we act in the House. We call upon Congresswoman Boebert to fully retract these comments and refrain from making similar ones going forward.’

Interestingly, Boebert offered a sort of apology on Twitter, saying that she “apologize[s] to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar,” adding that there “are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction.” It’s noteworthy for Boebert to call the controversy “unnecessary” when she’s the one responsible for it. Omar said on her own Twitter account that “Anti-Muslim bigotry isn’t funny & shouldn’t be normalized,” adding that “Congress can’t be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslims tropes get no condemnation.” There’s no indication, though, that Republican leaders intend to take any action against Boebert for the remarks, leaving any potential action — like removal from committees — to Democrats.