Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is “a liar and a coward” for refusing to condemn Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-Colo.) anti-Muslim comments comparing Omar to a terrorist, but remains “very confident” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will take action this week.
Omar told CNN’s Jake Tapper that McCarthy does not have the ability to condemn the “bigoted and anti-Muslim rhetoric” because “this is who the [Republicans] are.”
The congresswoman said “their party is normalizing anti-Muslim bigotry.”
Though a small number of Republican legislators have condemned Boebert’s comments, Omar said “they are being attacked for condemning it, which tells you that their conference condones this.”
“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, comparing Omar to a suicide bomber. She also called Omar’s group of friends in Congress, which include Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Jamaal Bowman and Cori Bush, who are known as “The Squad,” the “jihad squad.”
After much outcry over her comments, Boebert issued an apology to Omar and the Muslim community on Twitter. The controversial congresswoman attempted to call Omar, but Omar hung up her call. Boebert then posted videos to Twitter detailing her account of their conversation, in which she called Omar “anti-American.” Omar has called for Boebert to be stripped of her committee appointments by Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and McCarthy.