Lauren Boebert has made her feelings about Ilhan Omar well-known. She’s obviously got strong political opposition to Omar and other Democrats, but attacking her for her background as a Somali refugee and her religious beliefs is also high on the right-wing agenda, and Boebert does not shy away from the opportunity.
In the clip below, via Patriot Takes, Boebert appears to think she’s performing stand-up comedy for a roomful of supporters. She targets Omar, one of the only two Mulsim women to serve in Congress, with one of the far right’s favorite unimaginative racist labels: “jihad squad.”
In this case, though, she goes even further, suggesting that Omar could be an actual danger to Congress, hinting that if the COngresswoman is seen with a backpack, it could indicate a particular risk, and insinuating that Capitol Police officers might be concerned about Omar’s activities.
Over the Thanksgiving break, Lauren Boebert said she was recently in a Capitol elevator with Ilhan Omar when a fretful Capitol police officer ran up.
Lauren Boebert said: “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.”
Boebert then called Ilhan Omar, “jihad squad.” pic.twitter.com/Y7f0nFbnud
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“I was getting into an elevator…and I see a Capitol police officer running hurriedly to the elevator. I see fret all over his face…I look to my left and there she is, Ilhan Omar. I said ‘well, she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine.'”
Ironically, of the two Congress members, Boebert is the one who has had clashes with Capitol Police due to her own actions — as CPR reported in January, she set off the metal detectors that were installed after the January 6th attack, and defied officers who confronted her over the incident, later tweeting that she had a right to carry her gun in the Capitol Complex.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com