Lauren Boebert asked group of Jewish tourists if they were doing ‘reconnaissance’ at the Capitol
U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert asked a group of Jewish tourists visiting a congressman in the Capitol on Thursday if they were there to do “reconnaissance.”
A rabbi in the group related: BuzzFeed News that Boebert, of Colorado, looked at the group “head to toe” before making the comment, noting that some of them wore skullcaps and had traditional Orthodox beards.
“When I heard that, I turned to the person standing next to me and asked, ‘Did you just hear that,’ said the rabbi.
Boebert, who is no stranger to making controversial comments, told BuzzFeed she was joking and referred to accusations she was being made about leading nighttime tours of the Capitol weeks before the Jan. 6 riots.
“I saw a large group and was joking,” she said, adding, “I’m too small to see anyone’s yarmulke.”
The rabbi and other Jewish visitors came to the Capitol as part of a meeting with Rep. Tom Suozzi, a New York Democrat, to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the end of the Iran hostage crisis.
U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert asked Jewish tourists at the Capitol on Thursday if they were there for “reconnaissance.”
Boebert claimed she was joking about accusations Democrats had made about her conducting nighttime tours of the Capitol weeks before the Jan. 6 riots. Pictured here is Boebert’s son and mother with a Capitol cop on December 12, 2020
Suozzi, who proposes to recognize the hostages of the incident with a Congressional Gold Medal, condemned Boebert for her comments.
“The bottom line is that everyone, especially members of Congress, needs to be very, very thoughtful about the language they use,” he said in a statement about the incident.
‘Because if you are a congressman, you have an important role in society. You can’t be arrogant in the comments you make, especially if they could be perceived as anti-Semitic or discriminatory.”
The rabbi added that the Jewish community is on the alert following last week’s events in Texas, where an armed man held four people hostage in a synagogue.
“You know, I’m not sure if I’m offended or not,” the rabbi told BuzzFeed. “I was very confused.”
Boebert had been accused of giving tours of the White House on Dec. 12 when photos of her family surfaced at tour locations in the Capitol.
Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal asked the Ethics Committee to investigate Boebert, along with Republican Reps. Mo Brooks of Alabama and Paul Gosar of Arizona, whom he accused of “inciting and aiding” in the deadly rioting at the Capitol.
The ethics committee declined to investigate the allegations, and Boebert called the story “false.”
Boebert’s son, pictured here in the Brumidi Corridors, received the tour three weeks before January 6 on a Saturday night, when the Capitol complex is closed
The tour included the stairs in the empty Brumidi Corridors of the Senate, Senate Chamber S-127 and the Senate Briefing Room, where Boebert’s son is pictured above
In November, Boebert caused controversy by calling Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar a member of the “jihad squad” and comparing her to an Islamist terrorist.
Boebert joked about the Muslim Democrat and asked if Omar should register as a “foreign agent.”
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said in December that he would not take any action against Boebert.
“I think if someone does something wrong, they apologize. 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 wanted to apologize in person, and that’s what she did,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy claimed Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (left) had been excused by Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert. Boebert initially posted an apologetic tweet but then retracted her apology while on the phone with Omar
Deputy Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Friday she was disappointed.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, had called on her own leadership to go after Boebert, with Republicans refusing to do anything to punish the Colorado Republican.
“It is embarrassing that there is any hesitation about this. How can we have different consequences for different kinds of bigotry or incitement?’ asked the New York Democrat. “This must be treated equally and consistently. Incitement against a member and you will be stripped naked. End of story.’
She continued: “It’s a pretty simple question: does the House accept violent Islamophobia or not?”
Ocasio-Cortez also accused Boebert of tweeting the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the January 6 Capitol attack.