Another video shows Lauren Boebert suggesting Ilhan Omar was a terrorist
In those same remarks, she said she felt safe around Omar because the Democrat was not wearing a backpack while they were together in an elevator.
“One of my employees, on his first day with me, got on an elevator in the Capitol. And in that elevator we were joined by Ilhan Omar,” Boebert told the crowd in September. “It was just the three of us in there and I looked and I said, well, look there, it’s the Jihad Squad.
“She doesn’t have a backpack, she wasn’t dropping it or running, so it’s fine,” adds Boebert, to the laughter and applause of the crowd that briefly makes his remarks somewhat inaudible.
Additionally, during the September event, Boebert also disparaged Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Minnesota, another Muslim member of Congress.
“Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. They are just evil black-hearted women,” Boebert said.
On Monday, Boebert and Omar spoke on the phone, according to statements from the two lawmakers.
In his statement, Omar said Boebert refused to apologize to her.
“Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Representative Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments,” she said. “Instead, she doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call.”
A spokesperson for Omar called the elevator story “made.”
Omar blasted Boebert’s comments in September on Monday in a message to CNN’s KFile.
“It’s only getting worse,” Omar told CNN. “It’s out of order, and she continues to be emboldened by her party. It’s their mark and it’s dangerous.”
“So the other night on the floor of the House was not my first jihad squad moment,” Boebert told a crowd. “I was going up in an elevator with one of my employees and he and I were leaving the Capitol, we go back to my office and we go up in the elevator and I see a Capitol police officer rushing towards the elevator. see He’s worried all over his face. And he holds out his hand. The door closes. I can’t open it. “
“What’s going on? I look to my left and here she is, Ilhan Omar, and I said, ‘Well she doesn’t have a backpack, that should be fine,'” Boebert continued. .
Last week, Boebert apologized to anyone offended in the Muslim community.
Omar said “the whole story” was made up and condemned Boebert for his comments.
Omar on Friday called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Parliamentary Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to take action against Boebert.
Democratic leaders said Boebert should withdraw his comments altogether, noting in a statement that “the congressman’s language and demeanor fall well short of the standards of integrity, dignity and decency with which the Constitution and our voters demand that we act in the House “.
McCarthy said he spoke to Boebert on Friday following her comments and encouraged her to meet with Omar.
“She apologized for what she said and contacted Congresswoman Omar for a meeting next week,” McCarthy said in a statement. “I spoke with Chief Hoyer today to help facilitate this meeting so that Congress can start talking to each other again and working on the challenges facing the American people.”
McCarthy’s office did not respond to a request for comment on Boebert’s comments in September. Pelosi’s office highlighted their statement over the weekend. Boebert and his staff did not respond to multiple requests for comment.