Ilhan Omar said Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has assured her of impending ‘decisive action’ against Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert and she called Kevin McCarthy a ‘coward’ for not condemning his caucus member’s comments.
‘McCarthy’s a liar and a coward,’ Omar said of the Republican House minority leader. ‘He doesn’t have the ability to condemn the kind of bigoted, Islamaphobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric that are being trafficked by a member of his conference.’
‘Why doesn’t he have the ability to do that?’ CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper asked the progressive representative.
‘Because this is who they are,’ she responded.
‘And we have to be able to stand up to them, and we have to push them to reckon with the fact that their party, right now, is normalizing anti-Muslim bigotry.’
On Tuesday, CNN shared a video unearthed from a Staten Island, New York Conservative Party dinner in September where Boebert made a suicide bomb joke aimed at Omar, who is a hijab-wearing Muslim.
McCarthy not only defended Boebert’s comments, claiming she had already apologized, but he also questioned why he didn’t receive apologies when Democrats made disparaging comments aimed at Republican members.
Representative Ilhan Omar slammed Kevin McCarthy on Sunday as a liar and a coward’ for refusing to condemn Representative Ilhan Omar’s suicide bomber joke
Omar also said the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (right) promised to soon take ‘decisive action’ against Boebert
In the video of Boebert’s comments, she said: ‘One of my staffers, on his first day with me, got into an elevator in the Capitol. And in that elevator, we were joined by Ilhan Omar.’
‘Well, it was just us three in there and I looked over and I said, ‘Well, lookey there, it’s the Jihad Squad,” she told the audience, smiling as the room broke into laughter and applause.
‘I do have to say she doesn’t have a backpack, she wasn’t dropping it and running so we’re good,’ she continued.
In the same clip, Boebert called Omar and Representative Rashida Tlaib, who is also Muslim, ‘evil’ and black-hearted.’
Video unearthed by CNN was shared Tuesday where Boebert told a room at the Staten Island, New York Conservative Party dinner in September a suicide bomber joke about Omar, who is a hijab-wearing Muslim progressive representative
A slew of Democratic lawmakers condemned the comments and a few GOP lawmakers joined them.
‘And they are being attacked for condemning it,’ Omar said of the Republicans defending her, ‘which tells you that their conference condones this and that’s why it’s dangerous.’
‘Because people across the world – not just in the United States – are seeing this, and they are worried,’ she added.
Omar insisted: ‘This isn’t just about me, this is about all the young girls across this country who wear the hijab so proudly, who are afraid for their lives.’
McCarthy defended Boebert and said she apologized publicly and tried to call Omar and meet in person, but was denied the opportunity. Many claim that Boebert actually took back her apology in her short call with Omar.
McCarthy indicated he wouldn’t take any action against Boebert for her comments about Omar.
McCarthy defended Boebert, claiming she had apologized and suggested his party would not take action against the Colorado representative
‘Let me be very clear. This party is for anyone and everyone who craves freedom and supports religious liberty,’ McCarthy said at a press conference Friday. ‘Lauren Boebert, as I called her, when it came forward we talked, she apologized publicly, she apologized personally.’
The Republican leader instead turned the controversy around, telling reporters he didn’t receive a personal apology when Democrats made disparaging comments about thim or other members of his caucus.
‘Did any of you raise the question when someone on their side of the aisle said I worked with the Ku Klux Klan, referring to Republicans ?’ the California lawmaker asked.
He was referring to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saying he was working with the ‘KKK caucus’ in his bid for the speakership.
‘Did anyone on your side of the aisle talk about when Omar said the only reason I support Israel is all about the Benjamins?’ McCarthy continued, mentioning an early controversy that involved the Minnesota Democrat.
He also brought up the controversy surrounding comments Omar made she talked about the ‘unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,’ pointing out that House Speaker ‘did not denounce her for saying that’ – even though she did , but also said it wasn’t a ‘rebuke’ once Omar clarified her comments.
‘I think when somebody does something that is wrong they apologize,’ McCarthy continued. ‘Lauren Boebert apologized publicly and then picked up the phone – it took a lot of effort, she wanted to meet personally, denied the ability to meet personally – she picked up the phone and she called Congresswoman Omar, she said I want to personally apologize, and that’s what she did,’ McCarthy said.