Ayanna Pressley Introduces Resolution to Strip Lauren Boebert of Committee Assignments for Calling Ilhan Omar a Terrorist Fangirl

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Massachusetts Democrat Ayanna Pressley has introduced a resolution to “condemn” Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert and strip her of her committee assignments. The resolution was co-signed, so to speak, by 38 other anti-American House leftists. The pretense for the resolution is Boebert pointing out behavior by Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar that would get a lesser mortal ostracized by her colleagues, if not indicted. Here is Boebert using her floor speech defending her colleague Paul Gosar to call out Omar for financial shenanigans, a fraudulent (we hope) and incestuous marriage, and for being a member of the “Jihad Squad.”

This is the text of the resolution filed by Pressley.

“Rep. Boebert has repeatedly weaponized dangerous, anti-Muslim bigotry at our colleague Representative Ilhan Omar (MN-05). Instead of apologizing, Rep. Boebert has continued her Islamophobic rhetoric and chosen to spread hateful speech even further. In the face of death threats and vitriol being spewed at Rep. Omar, Representative Kevin McCarthy (CA-23)’s decision to allow and embolden continued hostility from his members speaks clearly to the Republican party’s willingness to allow hate and division to grow at the expense of our people, our values, and our institutions.

“But we refuse to stand by as Islamophobia, anti-Blackness, anti-immigrant sentiment, and xenophobia are trafficked into the halls of Congress by members of the Republican party. Today, we are calling for Rep. Boebert to be removed from her committee assignments. Our response to behavior that creates a dangerous work environment and furthers a climate of toxicity and intolerance cannot be silence. Congress cannot forgo accountability when a Member engages in hate speech that dehumanizes not only a colleague’ but an entire people. We cannot be complicit as members of this body, who swore an oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States, trample on the fundamental right of religious freedom.

“Muslims across the country are looking to Congress at this moment, watching to see if those they sent to represent their interests in Washington are going to stand up in the face of blatant, vicious Islamophobia. We owe it to them, and to every person who has been the recipient of harassment and verbal abuse based on their religion, race, gender, sexuality, or other identity, to stand up and show them that their votes to send us here mean something — that our values mean something, and are worth defending. We stand in solidarity with Rep. Omar, and urge every single one of our colleagues to join us in demanding action.”

Factually, there was nothing “Islamophobic” about Boebert mocking Omar’s incest and terrorist fangirling, unless you want to make the case that those are quintessentially Islamic behaviors.

It wasn’t without drama. Here we have Omar’s fellow Jihad Squad member, Rashida Tlaib, slinging snot over the pain of being called out as a terrorist-simp.

When she said that, she was evoking violence on Muslims all across our country. We shouldn’t have to beg and urge Republicans to do what’s right here. They have Muslims in their communities. I know they do.

As I’ve pointed out in previous posts (see, for instance, Ilhan Omar Brags That Nancy Pelosi Will Strip Lauren Boebert of Her Committee Assignments and She’s Probably Right, this is simply a function of progressive Democrats trying to push a narrative that says “all Republicans are racists” and then using their power in the House to create the “facts” to support it. They’ve already done this with Marjorie Taylor Greene and with Paul Gosar. It works for precisely two reasons: Kevin McCarthy is a wuss who cannot or will not defend his members, and the GOP caucus is riddled with quislings who will happily vote with Democrats to smear a fellow Republican because that gets them congratulatory Twitter direct messages from Jake Tapper or something.

It isn’t at all clear that Pelosi will take any action in this case.

My guess is that she suspects that next November will usher in a Republican majority in the House, and new House leadership might be inclined to administer payback. She’s gone to the well twice by directly punishing GOP members; she might feel that a third bite of the apple would be neither forgotten nor forgiven by a new House GOP caucus.

Here are the co-signers of the resolution.

Arizona
Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03)

California
Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Judy Chu (CA-27)
Ted Lieu (CA-33)
Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)
Sara Jacobs (CA-53)
hmmm…where is Fang Fang’s boyfriend? Keeping his head down in anticipation of January 2023?

Georgia
Hank Johnson (GA-04)
Nikema Williams (GA-05)

Hawaii
Kai Kahele (HI-02)

Illinois
Marie Newman (IL-03)
Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04)
Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)–Schakowsky’s name is spelled “Schakowksy” in the original document showing both her importance and the intelligence level of Pressley’s staff.

Indiana
André Carson (IN-07)

Maine
Chellie Pingree (ME-01)

Massachusetts
Lori Trahan (MA-03)

Michigan
Andy Levin (MI-09)
Rashida Tlaib (MI-13)

Missouri

Cori Bush (MO-01)
New Jersey
Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12)

New Mexico
Melanie Stansbury (NM-01)
Teresa Leger Fernández (NM-03)

New York
Nydia M. Velazquez (NY-07)
Yvette Clarke (NY-09)
Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)
Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14)
Ritchie Torres (NY-15)
Jamaal Bowman (NY-16)
Mondaire Jones (NY-17)

North Carolina
Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. (NC-12)

Pennsylvania
Brendan Boyle (PA-02)
Dwight Evans (PA-03)
Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05)

Texas
Veronica Escobar (TX-16)
Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)

Washington
Pramila Jayapal (WA-07)

Wisconsin
Mark Pocan (WI-02)