Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar attacked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., over the weekend after he refused to discipline Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., over remarks she made about Omar at a campaign event last month.
During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” program Sunday, Omar called McCarthy “a liar and a coward” for refusing to take action against Boebert.
The Daily Wire notes:
Omar told anchor Jake Tapper that McCarthy — and other Republicans in leadership positions — had not done enough to condemn Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-CO) for comments that she said were anti-Muslim and could provoke extremists into taking dangerous or violent actions.
Tapper began with a recap of Boebert’s comments — a story she told claiming that, while standing in an elevator with Omar, she joked with security about how Omar probably was not a threat because she didn’t have a backpack. The obvious inference was that if Omar had been carrying a backpack, she might have been a suicide bomber.
“I want to start with those comments, Boebert comparing you to a terrorist suicide bomber,” Tapper said as he brought in Omar. “What is it like to hear that kind of blatant bigotry, coming from a fellow member of the House of Representatives?”
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar calls House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy "a liar and a coward" for not publicly condemning GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert's anti-Muslim comments about Omar. https://t.co/bpBmBU1anQ #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/1eXkETU3Cx
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) December 5, 2021
“It’s shocking and unacceptable. It’s very unbecoming of a congresswoman to use that kind of derogatory, dangerous, inciting language against a colleague,” Omar replied, saying that in the years since the 9//11 terror attacks, she had initially felt like America had made progress.
“When I first won, I remember getting phone calls from across the world from heads of states and prime ministers and foreign ministers congratulating me because they thought America was past its sort of post 9/11 Islamaphobia,” she said.
“And to see this happen right now in the halls of Congress really is damaging not just to the Muslim community, to myself, but to the kind of country we want to be.”
Tapper noted in response that while McCarthy hasn’t condemned Boebert, the GOP leader did note that the Colorado freshman has publicly apologized.
“I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar,” Boebert tweeted. “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.”
“To be clear, after her conversation with you, Boebert went on social media and doubled down and said things that were equally incendiary. What’s your reaction to McCarthy and how he described it?”
“McCarthy is a liar and a coward. He doesn’t have the ability to condemn the kind of bigoted Islamaphobia and anti-Muslim –” Omar began, but Tapper interrupted.
“Why doesn’t he have the ability to do that?” he asked.
“This is who they are,” Omar said, going on to claim that the Republican Party was effectively “normalizing” anti-Muslim sentiment and bigotry.
Omar went on to say that she spoke to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week and indicated that Pelosi is going to take some sort of action.
“I’ve had a conversation with the Speaker. I’m very confident that she will take decisive action next week,” Omar said.
“As you know, when I first got to Congress, I was worried that I wasn’t going to be allowed to be sworn in because there was a ban on the hijab. She promised me she would take care of it. She made another promise to me she will take care of this,” Omar added.
That said, McCarthy countered last week that Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have not condemned Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for claiming he led a “Ku Klux Klan caucus,” referring to all Republicans.
“People truly don’t understand the scale, intensity, & volume of threats targeting [Rep. Ilhan Omar],” AOC posted to Twitter. “Kevin McCarthy is so desperate to be speaker that he is working with his Ku Klux Klan caucus to look aside & allow violent targeting of woc (women of color) members of Congress.”
“This cannot be ignored,” she added.
“While people toss out clichés like ‘we condemn all forms of racism & bigotry,’ the fact is Islamophobia is far too often tolerated and ignored,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez continued her rant.
McCarthy blasted Omar and her fellow far-left ‘Squad’ member Ocasio-Cortez for their controversial comments.
“Let me be very clear, this party is for anyone and everyone who craves freedom and supports religious liberty,” McCarthy stated. “Lauren Boebert, as I called her, when it came forward we talked, she apologized publicly, she apologized personally.”
“Did any of you raise the question when someone on their side of the aisle said I worked with the Ku Klux Klan, referring to Republicans?” the Republican slammed.
“Did anyone on your side of the aisle talk about when Omar said the only reason I support Israel is all about the Benjamins?” McCarthy continued, referring to Omar.
Omar has spewed comments widely criticized as anti-Semitic. In January 2020, she was chosen as the 2019 “Antisemite of the Year,” via polling from StopAntisemitism.org.