Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) slammed Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy on Sunday, calling the highest Republican a “liar” and “coward” for refusing to condemn the Islamophobic assaults made by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO).
In an obvious try to downplay the more and more inflammatory rhetoric coming from probably the most excessive members of his caucus, McCarthy final week defended Boebert after video clips surfaced of the Colorado lawmaker likening Omar to a terrorist suicide bomber whereas mocking her Muslim religion.
“She apologized publicly, she apologized personally,” McCarthy instructed reporters, referencing the far-right congresswoman’s tweet during which she mentioned she’s sorry to “anybody within the Muslim group I offended.” On the similar time, Boebert has refused to immediately apologize to Omar in public.
Showing on Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s State of the Union, Omar addressed Boebert’s remarks, the shortage of condemnation from GOP management, and the congresswoman doubling down on her bigoted attacks.
“It’s surprising and unacceptable,” Omar instructed anchor Jake Tapper. “It’s very unbecoming of a congresswoman to make use of that type of derogatory, harmful, inciting language towards a colleague. Many people thought post-9/11 that we have been on the mend.”
Tapper then turned to McCarthy’s protection of Boebert. Regardless of the minority chief insisting that Boebert needed to “personally apologize” to Omar throughout their latest telephone name, each Boebert and Omar have acknowledged that the Muslim congresswoman hung up after Boebert refused to apologize immediately and as a substitute demanded that Omar apologize for her “anti-American” stance.
“To be clear, after her dialog with you, Boebert went on social media and doubled down and mentioned issues that have been equally incendiary,” the CNN anchor noticed. “What’s your response to McCarthy and the way he described it?”
“McCarthy is a liar and a coward,” Omar exclaimed. “He doesn’t have the flexibility to sentence the type of bigoted Islamaphobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric being trafficked by a member of his caucus.”
Requested why the Republican chief doesn’t have the flexibility to try this, the Omar mentioned it was as a result of “that is who they’re.” Moreover, Omar mentioned it was crucial to “push them to reckon” with the truth that the GOP is “normalizing anti-Muslim bigotry.”
Late final month, Omar called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to “take acceptable motion” towards Boebert. Requested on Sunday whether or not she thinks the speaker will strip the right-wing lawmaker of her committee assignments, Omar mentioned she’s “very assured” Pelosi will take “decisive motion” subsequent week.
Lastly, after taking part in audio of a chilling death threat that Omar lately obtained, Tapper puzzled aloud what number of related threats have come her approach within the wake of Boebert’s “jihad squad” assaults.
“We obtain too many to rely,” Omar responded. “There’s a common worry that I’ve, my workers has, and the group at massive has.”
She added: “Phrases matter. Phrases may cause violence. She is aware of that the language that she’s utilizing—the viewers that she’s utilizing it for goes to incite violence towards myself and my group.”