Controversial Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert offered an apology to “anyone in the Muslim community” that she offended after a video circulated on social media of her suggesting that Rep. Ilhan Omar, among one of two Muslim women in Congress, was mistaken for a terrorist at the Capitol. Oh, if she wants to talk about terrorists at the Capitol, she can discuss Jan. 6th.
Boebert, the gun-toting Republican Colorado congresswoman who ran on a law and order platform that has been arrested quite a few times, and received her GED diploma a few months before winning the election to Congress, was seen in the video addressing a group of supporters, referring to who she called the “jihad squad” in Congress, then she took it a step further.
“What’s happening? I look to my left, and there she is: Ilhan Omar,” she said. “And I said, well, she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine.”
Over the Thanksgiving break, Lauren Boebert said she was recently in a Capitol elevator with Ilhan Omar when a fretful Capitol police officer ran up.
Lauren Boebert said: “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.”
Boebert then called Ilhan Omar, “jihad squad.” pic.twitter.com/Y7f0nFbnud
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) November 25, 2021
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Well, that blew up (no pun intended) the Internet, and it’s on the news, too, so Boebert took to her official Twitter account to apologize. And honestly, it’s a pretty good apology, but you can’t unring a bell.
I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar. I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly. There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction.
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) November 26, 2021
Omar said that Boebert is lying, though.
Fact, this buffoon looks down when she sees me at the Capitol, this whole story is made up. Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout.
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. https://t.co/S1APT7RbqW
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 26, 2021
Twitter users piled in.
Your insincere, check the box apology is not accepted by the Muslim community. How dare you spew racist rhetoric with the United States flag behind you? You are a disgrace to the 🇺🇸.@RepBoebert
— YOUSSEF NAJJAR (@UssefNajjar) November 26, 2021
This isn’t the first time you’ve said things like that. You’re not sorry, you’re only sorry you got called out.
— THEE AllycatB (@BearAllycat) November 26, 2021
Not when it comes to racism. Apology not accepted
— Michael Beckett (@23mikeb) November 26, 2021
Setting aside the bigotry, you invented a situation that never happened to theatrically set up said bigotry. It is called a lie.
— Reese (@JackJackington) November 26, 2021
1) “I apologize.” That’s it. The whole “anyone I offended” is a cowardly copout 2) Your entire existence in Congress is to be an “unnecessary distraction.” You ain’t there for your brain. Own it 3) There are no policy differences. You don’t do policy. See 2)
— Cliff Schecter (@cliffschecter) November 26, 2021
The fact that she made up that story and set up another member of Congress as a target for her Islamaphobic supporters is disgusting.