After joking that Rep. Ilhan Omar was mistaken for a suicide bomber in the halls of Congress, referring to her as “the jihad squad,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), a political devotee of Donald Trump, issued an “apology.” The apology was less than half-hearted and it appeared to most readers that it certainly wasn’t written by Boebert herself.
After the “apology,” a phone call between the two congresswoman was arranged, and an early report (most likely from a GOP source) said only that the phone call had been completed. Soon, the public learned that the call did not go well, with Rep. Omar eventually ending the call because she felt it wasn’t “productive.”
Or, as Fox News, who likes to espouse Islamaphobic views, as well, reported that Omar “hung up” on Boebert. A look at Boebert’s explanation was enough to understand that Omar most likely grew frustrated with the “whataboutism” game Boebert was playing.
‘She kept asking 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. She continued to press and I continued to press back. And then, Representative Omar hung up on me.’
A favorite “whataboutism” used by the GOP is a criticism based on Omar’s disparaging remarks regarding the Israeli government and their funders that she made anti-semitic remarks. Although criticizing the Israeli government has everything to do with their abusive and genocidal practices against Palestinian Muslims and not of Jewish people or their religious beliefs, the GOP isn’t letting go of it yet.
Twitter was supportive of Omar and her decision to end the phone call with Boebert abruptly. Read some of their comments below: