Calls for removal of Boebert after anti-Muslim remarks

Tensions escalate between Boebert and Omar

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Members of Congress are calling for Representative Lauren Boebert to be removed after the Colorado Republican made anti-Muslim comments about Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota. Ayanna Pressley, a Massachusetts representative announced Wednesday that she was leading a resolution to have Rep. Boebert removed from her assigned committee. “

“Her dangerous behavior & hateful, Islamophobic rhetoric has no place in our society & only emboldens further violence,” the Massachusetts Democrat tweeted. There must be accountability. “

Today, I’m leading a resolution to remove Rep. Boebert from her committee assignments.

Her dangerous behavior & hateful, Islamophobic rhetoric has no place in our society & only emboldens further violence.

There must be accountability. pic.twitter.com/oOZnUpN71R

— Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) December 8, 2021

In the resolution, Pressley cited a House rule that states that members and employees “shall behave at all times in a manner that reflects credibility on the House.” Pressley asked that Boebert is removed as a House member from the Budget and Natural Resources committees.

In a video that gained widespread attention on Twitter last month, Boebert describes a conversation she had with a staffer while in an elevator in the Capitol. According to her, she witnessed a policeman running towards them before seeing Omar.

“Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine,” Boebert recalled saying, according to CBS affiliate WCCO. And I replied, “Oh, look, the Jihad Squad decided to come up to work today. ‘”

The account that originally shared the video, PatriotTakes, has shared several clips from the past six months that show Boebert making anti-Muslim remarks about Omar.

Following the incident, Boebert apologized in a tweet, writing: “I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar.

Boebert apologized in a tweet, writing: “I am sorry to anyone in the Muslim community that I offended by my comment about Rep. Omar. I have plenty of policy differences that we can focus on and this is not an area to be distracted from. “

The two did speak on the phone but by both accounts, it did not go well, CBS Denver reports. Omar stated that while she believes in respecting those who disagree, it is not appropriate when the disagreements are rooted in hate and bigotry. “

In an Instagram video, Boebert said Omar rejected the apology and hung up on her, which is “part of cancel culture 101 and a pillar of the Democrat Party. “

Last week, Pressley joined Democratic Representatives Jamaal Bowman, of New York, Cori Bush, of Missouri, Andre Carson of Indiana, Pramila Jayapal, of Washington and 34 other House progressives in calling for Boebert’s removal.

“Congress cannot forgo accountability when a Member engages in hate speech that dehumanizes not only a colleague, but an entire people,” said in a statement. “We cannot be complicit as members of this body, who swore an oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States, trample on the fundamental right of religious freedom. “

Caitlin O’Kane

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Caitlin O’Kane is a digital content producer covering trending stories for CBS News and its good news brand, The Uplift.

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