Boebert apologizes to Muslims as Democrats call for 'real action to confront racism'

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·2 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Lauren Boebert
    American politician
  • Ilhan Omar
    United States Representative


Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) tweeted an apology to Muslims on Friday after Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) called her out for "anti-Muslim bigotry" over an anecdote she shared in a recent speech.

Hours later, Democratic leadership released a statement blasting Boebert's "Islamophobic and racist comments" and calling on their GOP counterparts to "finally take real action to confront racism."

In a video of her speech, Boebert tells a story - which Omar says never happened - in which they are in an elevator together and a Capitol Police officer is hurrying toward the elevator as the door is closing.

"I look to my left, and there she is. Ilhan Omar. I said, 'Well she doesn't have a backpack, we should be fine,' " Boebert told the laughing crowd.

Omar called Boebert a "buffoon" in a tweet about the video on Thursday. "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," she wrote.

Boebert apologized for the comments in a tweet Friday afternoon and said she had reached out to speak with Omar directly.

"I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar," Boebert wrote. "There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction."

Later in the day, Democratic leadership released their statement, which called for Boebert to "fully retract these comments and refrain from making similar ones going forward."

"Congresswoman Boebert's repeated, ongoing and targeted Islamophobic comments and actions against another Member of Congress, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, are both deeply offensive and concerning," they wrote.

"Leader [Kevin] McCarthy and the entire House Republican Leadership's repeated failure to condemn inflammatory and bigoted rhetoric from members of their conference is outrageous," they added. "We call on the Republican Leadership to address this priority with the Congresswoman and to finally take real action to confront racism."

The Hill has reached out to the offices of Omar, Boebert and McCarthy for comment.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting