Ilhan Omar calls McCarthy a ‘coward’ and claims Pelosi assured her action against Boebert
Ilhan Omar said on Sunday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has assured her of imminent “decisive action” against Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert and she called Kevin McCarthy a “coward” for not condemning his caucus member’s comments.
“McCarthy is a liar and a coward,” Omar said of the Republican House minority leader. “He doesn’t have the capacity to condemn the kind of bigot, Islamaphobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric being traded by any member of his conference.”
“Why can’t he?” CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper asked the progressive representative.
“Because this is who they are,” she replied.
“And we have to be able to stand up to them, and we have to get them to take into account that their party is normalizing anti-Islamic bigotry right now.”
On Tuesday, CNN shared a video unearthed at a Conservative Party dinner on Staten Island, New York in September, where Boebert made a suicide bombing joke targeting Omar, who is a hijab-wearing Muslim.
Not only did McCarthy defend Boebert’s comments, claiming she’d already apologized, but he also wondered why he wasn’t given an apology when Democrats made disparaging comments aimed at Republican members.
Representative Ilhan Omar called Kevin McCarthy a liar and a coward on Sunday for refusing to condemn the joke about Representative Ilhan Omar’s suicide bombing
Omar also said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (right) promised to take “decisive action” against Boebert soon.
In the video featuring Boebert’s comments, she said, “One of my staffers got into an elevator with me on his first day at the Capitol. And in that elevator we were joined by Ilhan Omar.’
“Well, there were three of us there and I looked around and said, ‘Well, look there, it’s the Jihad squad,'” she told the audience, smiling as the audience burst out laughing and applauding.
“I have to say she doesn’t have a backpack, she didn’t drop it and ran away, so she’s fine,” she continued.
In the same clip, Boebert called Omar and Representative Rashida Tlaib, who is also a Muslim, “bad” and black at heart.”
Video unearthed by CNN was shared Tuesday in which Boebert told a room at the Staten Island, New York Conservative Party dinner in September about a suicide bomber about Omar, who is a hijab-wearing Muslim progressive representative.
A slew of Democratic lawmakers condemned the comments, and a few GOP lawmakers joined them.
“And they’re attacked because they condemn it,” Omar said of the Republicans defending her, “which tells you that their conference approves of this and that’s why it’s dangerous.”
“Because people all over the world – not just in the United States – are seeing this and are concerned,” she added.
Omar insisted, “This isn’t just about me, this is about all the young girls in this country who wear the hijab so proudly, who fear for their lives.”
McCarthy defended Boebert, saying she apologized publicly and tried to call Omar and meet in person, but she was denied the chance. Many claim that Boebert retracted her apology in her brief conversation with Omar.
McCarthy indicated that he would not take any action against Boebert because of her comments about Omar.
McCarthy defended Boebert, claiming she had apologized and suggested his party take no action against the Colorado representative
“Let me be very clear. This party is for all those who crave freedom and support religious freedom,” McCarthy said at a news conference Friday. “Lauren Boebert, as I called her, when it came up, we talked, she apologized publicly, she apologized in person.”
The Republican leader instead turned the controversy around, telling reporters he received no personal apology when Democrats made disparaging comments about them or other members of his caucus.
“Did any of you ask the question when someone on their side of the aisle said I was working with the Ku Klux Klan, referring to Republicans?” the California legislature asked.
He referred to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who said he was collaborating with the “KKK caucus” in his bid to fill the presidency.
“Did anyone on your side of the aisle mention the time Omar said the only reason I support Israel is all about the Benjamins?” McCarthy went on to mention an early controversy involving the Minnesota Democrat.
He also raised controversy surrounding comments Omar made that she spoke of the “unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan and the Taliban,” pointing out that the Speaker of the House did not condemn her “because she did that.” said’ – although she did, but also said it wasn’t a ‘rebuke’ when Omar clarified her comments.
“I think if someone does something wrong, they apologize,” McCarthy continued. Lauren Boebert apologized publicly and then picked up the phone – it took a lot of effort, she wanted to meet in person, denied the opportunity to meet in person – she picked up the phone and called Congressman Omar, she said I want to apologize in person, and that’s what she did,” McCarthy said.