Nov 26, 2021 11:34 UTC
  •  Ilhan Omar blasts Republican congresswoman over 'anti-Muslim bigotry'

US Congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, has blasted the Republican Representative from Colorado, Lauren Boebert, over her “anti-Muslim” remarks made in a viral video.

“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,” the Minnesota Representative wrote on Twitter Thursday evening.

Her tweet came in response to a story that Boebert, a far-right politician with a knack for stirring controversies, told people in her home district during the Thanksgiving weekend.

In the viral video, shared by a Twitter account called PatriotTakes, Boebert recounted her encounter with Omar at the US Capitol.

“So the other night on the House floor was not my first jihad squad moment. So I was getting into an elevator with one of my staffers. And he and I are - 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,” Boebert said in the video.

“I see fret all over his face, and he's reaching… The door’s shutting, like I can’t - I can’t open it - like, what's happening? I look to my left, and there she is. Ilhan Omar. I said, ‘Well she doesn't have a backpack, we should be fine,’” she added, with audience heard laughing over it.

The Minnesota Representative dismissed the story as fiction, calling her a “buffoon”.

“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,” Omar said on Twitter.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper called Bobert’s remarks “pure anti-Muslim bigotry.”

“This is pure anti-Muslim bigotry and as such is completely contrary to what the USA is supposed to stand for. That this is tolerated in American politics and the House GOP is an indictment against anyone who is silent about it,” Tapper tweeted on Thursday.

Cori Bush, a Congresswoman from Missouri and a Black Lives Matter activist, said the Capitol Hill was a “toxic work environment for Muslim members and staff when bigots routinely spew racist, Islamophobic vitriol unchecked and with no consequence.”