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U.S. Democrat Omar: Pelosi to act against Republican for anti-Muslim comments

PoliticsDec 05, 2021 01:15PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) attends a news conference addressing the anti-Muslim comments made by Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) towards Omar, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar said on Sunday that she is confident House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will take "decisive action" in coming days against Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert, for remarks about Omar that have been decried as Islamophobic.

Boebert described Omar, a Muslim who was born in Somalia, as a member of a "jihad squad" at an event in her home state of Colorado last month and said it was safe to ride with her in a Capitol elevator if she was not wearing a backpack.

A first-term lawmaker who has vowed to defy Washington's gun laws, Boebert apologized for the comments. But a phone call between the two women ended in rancor with Boebert showing no sign of remorse. Democrats later called for the House to strip Boebert of her committee assignments for what they called anti-Muslim bigotry.

"I have had a conversation with the speaker, and I'm very confident that she will take decisive action next week," Omar told CNN's "State of the Union" program.

"When I first got to Congress, I was worried that I wasn't going to be allowed to be sworn in because there was a ban on the hijab. She promised me that she would take care of it. She fulfilled that promise. She's made another promise to me that she will take care of this. And I believe her."

There was no immediate comment from Pelosi or Boebert.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy defended Boebert last week, saying she had apologized publicly and personally to Omar. 

Omar did not say what action Pelosi might take.

The Democratic-controlled House censured Republican Representative Paul Gosar last month for an anime video that depicted him killing progressive congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and swinging a pair of swords at President Joe Biden. It also stripped Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments earlier this year for past remarks supporting violence against Democrats.

Boebert, Gosar and Greene are all hard-line conservatives and outspoken allies of former President Donald Trump.

U.S. Democrat Omar: Pelosi to act against Republican for anti-Muslim comments
 

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taylor jason
taylor jason Dec 12, 2021 8:37PM ET
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does Omar ever do anything besides getting into squabbles with other lawmakers? another waste of a seat
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Dec 08, 2021 12:02AM ET
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Jesus Christ is Lord of all.
Oldfashioned Owl
Oldfashioned Owl Dec 06, 2021 12:20PM ET
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The European disease has officially entered America.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Dec 05, 2021 6:07PM ET
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Both r dirty. If u dont talk s# about a group of people, then people dont talk s# about u.
Joey Takach
Joey Takach Dec 05, 2021 2:38PM ET
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Just some people……
Tom Scurlo
Tom Scurlo Dec 05, 2021 2:35PM ET
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So I guess her comments against Israel are alright then????? Wow….. how much more can our world be screwed up???
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Dec 05, 2021 2:35PM ET
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are her comments about Israel the country or Israeli people?  you do know the difference right?
Tom Car
Tom Car Dec 05, 2021 2:35PM ET
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communism
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Tre Hsi Dec 05, 2021 2:35PM ET
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are you showing off your spelling skill or do you have anything useful to add?
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Scott Bailey Dec 05, 2021 1:55PM ET
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Who cares what she says
 
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