Rep. Ilhan Omar (Democrat from Minnesota) on Thursday summoned Rep. Lauren Bobert (Republic of Colorado) for sharing a “fictional” conversation in which Bobert claimed to have made a heinous anti-Muslim joke while the two women shared an elevator at work.
During the Thanksgiving hiatus campaign in Colorado, Bobert boasted that she had recently been in a Capitol elevator with her employee when a worried Capitol police officer rushed towards her, according to right-wing extremism monitoring site Patriot Takes.
“I look to the left, and there she is. Ilkhan Omar, ”Bobert said in a video published by the group. “I say, well, she doesn’t have a backpack, we’ll be fine.”
She then stated that she also looked at Omar and said, “Oh look, the Jihad squad decided to come to work today.”
Omar is one of the first two Muslim women in Congress.
According to Omar, the whole story was fiction.
“In fact, this jester looks down when he sees me in the Capitol, this whole story is made up,” she tweeted. “It’s sad that she thinks bigotry gets her influence.”
Bobert tweeted his apology on Friday afternoon.
“I apologize to everyone in the Muslim community, whom I offended with my comment about Republican Omar,” said the Colorado congresswoman, noting that she tried to contact Omar’s office to speak to her directly.
“There are many political differences to focus on without being distracted from unnecessary things,” she wrote.
Rep. Ayanna Pressly (Massachusetts) said Bobert’s comments were shameful, deeply offensive and dangerous.
“Another blatant manifestation of Islamophobia against Omar,” she said. tweeted… “These comments inflict personal pain, legitimately endangering it and the Muslim community as a whole. Such rhetoric should be condemned, and anyone who spews it should be held accountable. “
Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. marked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a tweet called for action.
“We cannot ignore this hatred and fear-stirring. It simply SHOULD NOT be allowed for a member of the US Congress to believe or share such an abhorrent ideology, ”she wrote.
Bobert drew an uproar last week when she named Omar as a member of the “jihad squad” while speaking at the House Hall. She has since repeating this anti-Muslim fanaticism towards other members of the so-called “Squad,” a group of progressive Colored Democrats in the House of Representatives, including Omar.
Bobert returned to her home state of Colorado during her Thanksgiving hiatus. She campaigned at the Tanner Gun Show in Pueblo over the weekend, wearing an offensive shirt that read “Guns don’t kill people, Alec Baldwin does.”