Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) recently announced that she feels “very confident” that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will orchestrate a vote designed to remove all committee assignments from Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO), which is expected to occur next week.
Omar demanded for the punishment and sanctioning of Boebert after a clip was leaked of Boebert openly criticizing Islam, the religion Omar follows. Omar claimed that Pelosi promised the situation would be resolved between her and Boebert. In remarks to Fox News, Omar proclaimed that she believes Pelosi will keep her promise.
“We should punish and sanction Boebert by stripping her of her committees,” Omar demanded, adding that Boebert’s language also needs to be “[rebuked].”
Omar also noted that the Democrats are “doing everything [they] can to send a clear and decisive message to the American public” that Republicans will be punished for failing to “condemn” the remarks of Boebert.
“if the Republicans are not going to be adults and condemn [Boebert’s commentary], that we are going to do that,” Omar warned.
Boebert recently attracted intense controversy for an anecdote she told about Omar on November 25. While speaking at a campaign event, Boebert joked that Omar might be perceived as a security risk by Capitol Police, alluding to the representative’s previous controversial comments on terrorism.
When Boebert happened to ride an elevator with Omar, she remarked, “well, she doesn’t have a backpack, [so] we should be fine.”
Pelosi was not impressed by Boebert’s commentary, and she indignantly declared that the representative’s remarks were “dangerous” and “indecent.” The House Speaker also declared that “these people” do not demonstrate adequate respect for “the House that they serve in.”
On her part, Boebert released a video statement detailing how she reached out to Omar on November 26, after public outrage mounted over her remarks. Omar reportedly demanded a public apology, and Boebert reportedly requested for Omar to apologize for her “anti-police,” “antisemitic,” and “anti-American” rhetoric. In response, Omar hung up on Boebert.
Shortly after the release of Boebert’s video, Omar released her own statement. In the statement, Omar acknowledges hanging up on Boebert, though she appears to have a different recollection of events. Specifically, Omar argued that Boebert declined “to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments.”