Rep. Lauren Boebert explained to supporters in an Instagram video posted Monday that a phone call she set up earlier in the day with Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., to discuss remarks the Colorado Republican made in a video posted last week did not go as planned.
In a report, Fox News described the phone call as “tense,” adding:
The phone call ended with Omar hanging up after both congresswomen demanded each other issue public apologies for past remarks, Boebert said in an Instagram video Monday.
Boebert said she organized the call with Omar because she “wanted to let her know directly that I had reflected on my previous remarks.”
“Now as a strong, Christian woman who values faith deeply, I never want anything I say to offend someone’s religion. So I told her that. Even after I put out a public statement to that effect, she said that she still wanted a public apology because what I had done wasn’t good enough,” Boebert said.
“So I reiterated to her what I had just said,” she added.
“She kept asking for a public apology so I told Ilhan Omar that she should make a public apology to the American people for her anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-police rhetoric,” the Colorado Republican continued.
“She continued to press and I continued to press back. And then, Representative Omar hung up on me.”
Omar released her own statement regarding the phone call.
“Today I graciously accepted a call from Rep. Lauren Boebert in the hope of receiving a direct apology for falsely claiming she met me in an elevator, suggesting I was a terrorist, and for a history of anti-Muslim hate,” the Minnesota Democrat and “Squad” member said in a statement.
“Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments,” Omar added.
Rep. Omar’s statement on her conversation with Rep. Lauren Boebert. pic.twitter.com/B5JJVijXKI
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) November 29, 2021
“She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call.”
Fox News adds:
Boebert was filmed telling supporters that she recently had a run-in with Omar in a Capitol building elevator. She said as she was getting in the elevator with a staffer when she saw a Capitol police officer running toward them “with fret all over his face” in an effort to stop the elevator door from closing.
“I look to my left and there she is: Ilhan Omar. And I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine,’” Boebert said, sparking cheers. “I looked over and I said, ‘Oh look, the jihad squad decided to show up for work today.’
“Don’t worry, it’s just her staffers on Twitter that talk for her. She’s not tough in person,” she added.
The GOP freshman lawmaker later issued an apology to the Muslim community for her comments.
“I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar,” Boebert said in a Friday statement.
“I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly. There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction.”