GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado said Thursday she ought to be given the same “redemption and forgiveness” that she has offered Democratic counterparts after remarks she made about Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., last month at a campaign-style event in her district.
At the same time, she says she’s “moved on” from the “controversy” in an interview with Newsmax TV.
”I’ve moved on from this controversy. I made a public statement, I made a personal phone call to Ilhan to make things right, she hung up on me, really showing her character. She rejected my attempt to make amends and ended the call,” she told ”The Chris Salcedo Show.”
Earlier, Fox News noted:
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.
In her Newsmax interview, Boebert, a freshman lawmaker, said she’s “moved on.”
“The 3rd District didn’t vote me into office because I’m perfect. They voted me in because I promised to fight for their freedoms and secure their rights, and that’s exactly what I’m focused on.
”I’m also focused on delivering results for my constituents back home and we have to get these American priorities back in order,” including energy production, the immigration crisis, inflation and global supply issues, she added.
”But the Democratic playbook is to get caught up in these distractions because they do not have policy to run on for the American people,” she said.
The Colorado Republican also responded to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., who warned Monday of a ”revolution” if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide in 1973.
”If the Democrats did not have double standards, they would not have standards at all. I have been calling them out on their hypocrisy since I arrived in Washington, D.C., and that is exactly what I will continue to do,” Boebert said.
”I’m a Christian woman. Redemption and forgiveness are the pillars to my faith. So maybe redemption and forgiveness don’t mean as much to those on the other side of the aisle as they do to me,” she said.