American News Nov 30, 2021 7:29 PM EST

House Democrats to censure Rep. Boebert over comments suggesting fellow Rep. Omar is a terrorist threat

The consideration comes after video showed Boebert at a campaign event over Thanksgiving break, telling a crowd a story about Omar.

House Democrats to censure Rep. Boebert over comments suggesting fellow Rep. Omar is a terrorist threat
Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

House leadership is reportedly considering taking action against Representative Laurent Boebert over comments considered "harmful and dangerous" in regards to Representative Ilhan Omar, suggesting that she is a terrorist threat.

The consideration comes after video showed Boebert at a campaign event over Thanksgiving break, telling a crowd a story about Omar, according to Axios.

During that story, Boebert says she was in an elevator with Omar, and a Capitol police officer came running with a stressed look on his face. Boebert said she then realized Omar was in the elevator, and said "Well, she doesn't have a backpack. We should be fine."

Omar denied this interaction ever happening, writing on Twitter: "Fact, this buffoon looks down when she sees me at the Capitol, this whole story is made up. Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout."

"Anti-Muslim bigotry isn't funny & shouldn't be normalized. Congress can't be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslims tropes get no condemnation," Omar continued.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called Boebert's comments "harmful and dangerous," as well as "particularly concerning."

He said the comments are part of a pattern, suggesting that they could "inflame the passions" of violent actors. Hoyer said actions of punishment should ideally lay with Republican House leadership.

Following that video, Boebert said in a video posted to Twitter she was able to talk on the phone with Omar, which resulted in Omar demanding a public apology.

Boebert said she connected with Omar to say that she had "reflected on [her] 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," said Boebert.

"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," said Boebert.

Boebert then stated that she demanded Omar "make a public apology to the American people for her anti-American, anti-semitic, anti-police rhetoric."

The back and forth of demands for apologies ended with Omar hanging up.

According to Axios, Hoyer said that the Monday call had not been sanctioned by Democratic leadership, but noted that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had proposed such a call, telling Hoyer that Boebert wanted to apologize.

"I [called McCarthy back and said], 'I don't think that would be a productive conversation,'" Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday. "As I expected, that conversation did not go well."

Action taken against Boebert would mark yet another Republican House member ousted from committees or censured.

In February, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene was stripped of her committee assignments for comments she had made.

In November, Representative Paul Gosar was stripped from his positions on both the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform for an anime meme video depicting violence against key Democratic leaders.

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