Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) said in a video on Monday that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) hung up on her after Boebert asked Omar to apologize for her antisemitic rhetoric during a phone call between the two regarding Boebert’s alleged anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Boebert said, “She kept asking for a public apology, so I told Ilhan Omar that she should make a public apology to the American people for her anti-American, antisemitic anti-police rhetoric. She continued to press, and I continued to press back, and then Representative Omar hung up on me.
“Rejecting an apology and hanging up on someone is part of cancel culture 101, and a pillar of the Democrat Party,” Boebert added.
The feud between Boebert and Omar, who has repeatedly made public, antisemitic comments, began on Thanksgiving after a video of Boebert surfaced in which she joked that a Capitol Hill police officer suspected Omar might be a terrorist.
Boebert publicly apologized for her remarks on Friday, but Omar claimed that she hung up on Boebert because “[i]nstead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments. She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call.”
There is no such thing as Islamophobia, the “irrational fear” of Islam. There is, however, such a thing as a valid concern about the link between Islam and violent jihad. If Omar doesn’t want to be joked about as a potential terrorist, she needs to turn her anger toward her fellow believers who have committed, and continue to commit, terrorism in the name of her god and its warlord prophet.