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Rep. Lauren Boebert jokes that Muslim lawmaker Rep. Ilhan Omar could be terror suspect

·2 min read
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Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., has been caught on video joking that Muslim colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., should be a suspected suicide bomber.

The far right-wing lawmaker yucked it up with a group of supporters by telling them that she was uncomfortable sharing an elevator at the Capitol with the Somali-born U.S. Congresswoman from Minnesota, one of two Muslim women to serve in Congress.

“Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine,” Boebert said.

Boebert’s Islamophobic jibe drew guffaws from the all-white gathering of her supporters.

She went on to label Omar as a member of the “jihad squad,” a custom bigoted insult combining Omar’s Muslim faith and her political alliance with the progressive so-called Squad founded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

Boebert claimed to be relating a recent incident at the Capitol when she inadvertently interacted with Omar.

The staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump says she was shocked to spot a cop rushing towards an elevator. That’s when Boebert saw Omar, whom she claimed was the target of the officer’s concern.

“I see a Capitol Police officer running hurriedly to the elevator. Stress is written all over his face,” she said. “That’s when I look to my left and I see Ilhan Omar.”

Omar accused Boebert of making up the entire incident and being a brazen anti-Muslim bigot who refuses to make eye contact with her if they cross paths.

“Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout,” Omar said. “Anti-Muslim bigotry isn’t funny & shouldn’t be normalized.”

There was no immediate word on whether Boebert would face any disciplinary action for her racist remarks.

MAGA ally Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., was censured by the Democratic-held House of Representatives for posting an anime video showing him killing Ocasio-Cortez. But Republicans rallied around him.

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