“Ku Klux Klan caucus”: Democrats rally in defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar against GOP attacks

Boebert and Omar

After a second video was released of Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., suggesting to a crowd that Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was a “black-hearted” terrorist was unveiled on Tuesday, Democrats are now rallying to condemn the GOP. 

The video, first reported by CNN, comes just a week after the conservative lawmaker made an anti-Muslim at joke at Omar’s expense to a Colorado crowd during Thanksgiving break. In the September video – originally published that month – Boebert is seen making remarks at a Staten Island Conservative Party dinner referring to both Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., as “black-hearted evil women.” Later in the video, Boebert alleges that she had felt comfortable riding an elevator with Omar, a Muslim, because she wasn’t wearing a backpack.

But Omar has called the entire account a “fabrication,” tweeting this week that the ​​Colorado conservative “looks down when she sees me at the Capitol, this whole story is made up. Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout.” Omar said she has since received death threats. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said to the House Democratic caucus Wednesday that “these people do not respect the House that they serve in. We have to make sure that the public understands that we do.” According to ABC News, House leadership is considering a possible resolution condemning Islamophobia.

Multiple Democrats have meanwhile called on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to condemn Beobert’s remarks, but the California conservative has repeatedly refrained from doing so.

“She has apologized for what she said and has reached out to Congresswoman Omar to meet next week,” McCarthy said in a statement to CNN. 

Source: Salon

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