Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) have been in a running battle on social media and in person ever since Boebert took to the floor of the House a couple of weeks ago and dropped some inconvenient truths about the hypocrisy of Democrats including Omar who were calling for Rep. Paul Gosar’s (R-Ariz.) committee assignments to be stripped over an anime video Gosar posted showing him supposedly “killing” Omar’s Squad buddy Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Over the Thanksgiving break, Lauren Boebert said she was recently in a Capitol elevator with Ilhan Omar when a fretful Capitol police officer ran up.
Lauren Boebert said: “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.”
Boebert then called Ilhan Omar, “jihad squad.” pic.twitter.com/Y7f0nFbnud
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Not surprisingly, Omar’s fellow Squad members, other Democrats, and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) had a collective meltdown where demands for an apology were issued followed by calls for Boebert to get the Gosar treatment. Perhaps seeking to quell the controversy, Boebert apologized for offending anyone with what she said.
“I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar,” she tweeted a day after the video surfaced. “I have reached out to [Omar’s] office to speak with her directly. There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction.”
In an update to this story, the “reach out” has taken place. To characterize the phone call between the two as “unproductive” would be putting it mildly. Here’s Omar’s version of what was allegedly said:
Rep. Ilhan Omar releases statement on phone call with GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert following her anti-Muslim comments about Omar, which Omar says were based on an alleged exchange that never happened. Background: https://t.co/xgld5HOB2t pic.twitter.com/FqyZFkkUOX
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Here’s Boebert’s version:
“I had reached out to her Friday and three days later I was able to connect with her on the phone because I 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. 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. Rejecting an apology and hanging up on someone is part of cancel culture 101 and a pillar of the Democrat party.”
Boebert went on to state that people should “make no mistake,” that she would “continue to fearlessly put America first, never sympathizing with terrorists.” Though Omar, Boebert said, “can’t say the same thing, and our country is worse off for it.”
Full video: Lauren Boebert’s just said she talked to Ilhan Omar and refused a request for a public apology. Boebert told Omar to apologize and ended up being hung up on, calling it “cancel culture 101.”
Boebert then said Omar sympathizes with terrorists. pic.twitter.com/JxZloMUfZD
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) November 29, 2021
I’m pretty much with my colleague Jeff Charles when it comes to calling for apologies from people who say things that others find offensive. Because most of the time when those apologies are put forth, they come across as forced and/or insincere no matter who on either side of the political aisle makes them:
The answer is to stop giving a rip about what either side thinks. Anyone who sincerely feels they made a comment they should not have made should refuse to listen to those who would tell him not to make an apology. Conversely, the individual who made controversial remarks, and stands by them, should not issue a false apology to appease the masses.
To put it simply, people should stand on their own convictions rather than listening to the peanut gallery on either side of the issue.
Indeed, and then let the chips fall where they may, although with Democrats of course the political consequences (“chips”) are often non-existent considering their fellow party members, and the MSM usually circle around the offending party and guard them a la Fort Knox from criticism until the controversy blows over, which has the intended effect of making the issue go away.
In any event, since the phone call (predictably) did not go so well, we can expect the war of words to continue between the two until one or the other is defeated at the ballot box, the latter of which is highly unlikely.
Update: Contra to what I wrote earlier, Boebert is not likely to be gerrymandered out of office, according to proposed Colorado maps. Much thanks to the reader who pointed this out. I apologize for the error.