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Democrats love flexing the power they have while they still maintain control of the House of Representatives, and they apparently want to do it again This time against firebrand Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert.
A resolution has been introduced by Progressive Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Ayanna Pressley to have Rep. Boebert stripped of her committee assignments after comments she made against fellow progressive Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, CNN reported.
But it is still unknown if House Speaker and Democrat California Rep. Nancy Pelosi will bring the measure for a vote.
Democratic leaders are leery about punishing GOP members every time they do something outlandish, the source said. Lawmakers and aides have also privately shared concerns about punishing Boebert for her rhetoric considering she wasn’t threatening violence toward Omar.
Threatening of violence is the reason why Democrats have previously moved stripped Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona of their committee assignments this Congress.
Omar had called on both Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, to take action against Boebert, and called the language “hateful and dangerous.
“Normalizing this bigotry not only endangers my life but the lives of all Muslims,” Rep. Omar had said.
But Omar apparently believes that Pelosi is going to do something to Boebert as she expressed confidence that Pelosi would do something when she appeared on the CNN show “State of the Union” on Sunday.
“I have had a conversation with the speaker, and I’m very confident that she will take decisive action next week,” she said.
The entire situation started when Boebert relayed what is, apparently, a fake story about confronting Omar in an elevator.
“I have an Ilhan story for you,” the Republican congresswoman said to supporters. “The other night on the House floor was not my first Jihad Squad moment.”
“I was getting into an elevator with one of my staffers, and, he and I, we’re leaving the Capitol. We’re going back to my office, and we get in the elevator, and I see a Capitol Police officer running hurriedly to the elevator,” she said. “I see fret all over his face, and he’s reaching, and I’m like, the door is shutting, like, I can’t open it, like, what is happening?”
She said that after the doors to the elevator had shut she noticed that Omar was in the elevator with her.
“I look to my left, and there she is, Ilhan Omar,” the representative said. “I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.'”
“I looked over, and I said, ‘Oh, look, the Jihad Squad decided to show up for work today,’” she said.
Omar responded furiously to this story, but when Boebert called her to apologize she hung up on her.
Boebert said in an Instagram video that she initiated the call with Omar because she “wanted to let her know directly that I had reflected on my previous remarks.”
“Now as a strong, Christian woman who values faith deeply, I never want anything I say to offend someone’s religion. So I told her that. Even after I put out a public statement to that effect, she said that she still wanted a public apology because what I had done wasn’t good enough. So I reiterated to her what I had just said,” the Republican said.
“She kept asking for a public apology so I told Ilhan Omar that she should make a public apology to the American people for her anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-police rhetoric. She continued to press and I continued to press back. And then, Representative Omar hung up on me,” she said.
In a press release of her own Omar admitted that the phone call took place and it ended the way Boebert said it did.
“Today I graciously accepted a call from Rep. Lauren Boebert in the hope of receiving a direct apology for falsely claiming she met me in an elevator, suggesting I was a terrorist, and for a history of anti-Muslim hate,” the Democrat said.
“Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments. She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call,” she said.