GOP Silence On Boebert’s Racism “Speaks Volumes Says Ilhan Omar

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Rep. Ilhan Omar on Saturday condemned her GOP colleagues' inaction following the recent publication by Rep. Lauren Boebert of an anti-Muslim video in which the Colorado Republican lies about the Somali-American lawmaker being mistaken for a suspected suicide bomber inside the U.S. Capitol.

"These anti-Muslim attacks aren't about my ideas but about my identity and it's clear," Omar (D-Minn.) tweeted.

Addressing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), she added that "your silence speaks volumes."

Boebert issued what critics called a "sorry not sorry" apology via Twitter on Friday after calling Omar (D-Minn.) a member of "the jihad squad" and falsely claiming that a Capitol police officer came urgently running into an elevator the two congresswomen shared.

"What's happening?" Boebert said in the video, which was recorded at an event in Pueblo last Saturday. "I look to my left and there she is, Ilhan Omar, and I said, 'Well she doesn't have a backpack, we should be fine.'"

Boebert's story—which Omar says never happened—drew applause and cheers from the audience. Pueblo County Republican chair Robert Leverington subsequently defended Boebert, saying she "probably expressed the sentiment of many Americans."

"Saying I am a suicide bomber is no laughing matter."

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