Rep Lauren Boebert apologized for comments on Rep Ilhan Omar and ‘jihad squad’

Colorado congresswoman Lauren Boebert apologized on Friday to the Muslim neighborhood for comments about Rep Ilhan Omar and the ‘jihad squad,’ noting that she has reached out to Omar’s office.

Boebert stated in an announcement to Fox News: ‘I apologize to anybody within the Muslim neighborhood I offended with my remark about Rep Omar. I’ve reached out to her office to talk along with her immediately.

‘There are loads of coverage variations to focus on with out pointless distraction.’ 

Boebert sparked fury on Thursday when video emerged of her telling a ‘backpack’ joke to a crowd of supporters – recounting a supposed encounter that Omar rapidly confirmed as a lie.

Boebert, a 34-year-old gun rights activist and fervent Trump supporter, was talking throughout what the web site Patriot Takes stated was a Thanksgiving gathering.

Commanding the stage like a stand-up comedienne, she advised the gang: ‘Actually I’ve an Ilhan story for you.’ 

Lauren Boebert, the Colorado congresswoman, was at an occasion the place she advised a narrative about Ilhan Omar, consultant for Minnesota

With the Stars and Stripes hanging behind her, Boebert tells her ‘joke’

She started to explain an encounter with Omar, the Minnesota congresswoman who – together with Rashida Tlaib – have been the primary two Muslim girls elected to Congress. 

‘So the opposite night time was not my first ‘jihad squad’ second,’ stated Boebert.

‘I used to be stepping into an elevator with one in every of my staffers. And he and I have been leaving the Capitol, we’re going again to my office, we get within the elevator, and I see a Capitol Police officer working, hurriedly, to the elevator.

‘I see menace throughout his face, and he is reaching. The door’s shutting, and I am unable to open it.

‘I look to my left, and there she is. Ilhan Omar.

‘And I say nicely, she would not have a backpack, we must be high-quality.’

The crowd reacted with a combination of shocked gasps and muffled laughter.

Boebert added: ‘The jihad squad determined to point out up for work at the moment.’

Ilhan Omar, pictured on September 21, is – together with Rashida Tlaib – one of many first Muslim girls elected to Congress

Ilhan Omar is pictured with Pramila Jayapal, one other member of ‘The Squad’

The clip quickly went viral, and was seen 2.2 million instances on Twitter, with many calling for Boebert to be reprimanded by her social gathering and stripped of her committee assignments.

But Omar, 39, swiftly stated that the incident Boebert described by no means occurred.

‘Fact, this buffoon seems to be down when she sees me on the Capitol, this entire story is made up,’ stated Omar. 

‘Sad she thinks bigotry will get her clout. Anti-Muslim bigotry is not humorous & should not be normalized. 

‘Congress cannot be a spot the place hateful and harmful Muslims tropes get no condemnation.’

Boebert (left) is seen on October 21 sitting subsequent to fellow members of Congress Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene

On social media, many have been disgusted with Boebert’s remarks, declaring that you’d be fired from many roles for making related comments.

‘Censure Boebert and take away her from all committees — then we vote her out!’ stated one lady. 

‘The Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the United States — REALLY!?!’

Another stated: ‘What the Hell. Strip her of committees, too. In for a penny in for a pound. 

‘This can’t be acceptable conduct. In every other worker state of affairs, the individual could be fired instantly for violation of personnel insurance policies.’

Another added: ‘Doesn’t Congress have an HR division? I imply if you happen to stated that to a coworker at McDs you’d get fired. WTF?’

‘If I actually did the EXACT factor in a Colorado public college I might be suspended and then fired,’ stated one other. 

‘Why does Congress not have ANY repercussions for this kind of conduct?’ 

One lady stated that her remarks have been indicative of how low requirements in public life had sunk.

‘This is such a grossly unpatriotic, harmful remark coming from a member of Congress,’ she stated. 

‘It’s past deplorable, past censure. Watching LB say this stuff with an unenthusiastic smattering of applause actually hits simply how low requirements within the US gov’t have change into since ’16.’

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