Omar on stripping Boebert's committee assignments: 'very confident' Pelosi will hold vote 'next week'
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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said Sunday she is “very confident” that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will hold a vote to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., of her committee assignments in the near future in response to her recent controversial comments about Omar.
“We should punish and sanction Boebert by stripping her of her committees, by rebuking her language,” Omar said. “By doing everything that we can to send a clear and decisive message to the American public that if the Republicans are not going to be adults and condemn this, that we are going to do that.”
Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, listens as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, left, speaks during a bill enrollment ceremony for the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 17, 2021. The legislation, passed by the House and Senate earlier this week, would make June 19 a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images
CNN’s “State of the Union” anchor Jake Tapper then asked Omar whether she believed Pelosi would hold the vote to strip Boebert of her committee assignments.
“I’ve had a conversation with the Speaker and 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 that she would take care of it. She fulfilled that promise. She’s made another promise to me that she will take care of this, and I believe her.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during a television interview as the House considers President Joe Biden’s $1.85 trillion-and-growing domestic policy package, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Omar went on to call House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., a “liar and a coward” during the CNN interview for his defense of Boebert. McCarthy had said that Boebert had “apologized publicly” and “apologized personally.”
“Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments,” Omar said. “She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call.”
During Thanksgiving break last month, a clip surfaced of Boebert telling supporters in Colorado about a recent experience in an elevator with Omar, where she delivered insulting comments about Omar’s religion
“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. “I looked over and I said, ‘Oh look, the jihad squad decided to show up for work today.'”
Omar fired back on Boebert’s version of the encounter, tweeting, “Fact, this buffoon looks down when she sees me at the Capitol, this whole story is made up.” She added, “Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters, Thursday, June 17, 2021, as she arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Omar’s fellow “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., slammed Democratic leadership in the House a few days ago for not immediately stripping Boebert of her committee assignments.
“It’s embarrassing that there is any hesitation on this. How can we have different consequences for different kinds of bigotry or incitement?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “This should be treated equally and consistently. Incite against a member and you’re stripped. End of story. She refuses to even apologize.”
The offices of Pelosi and Boebert did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
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