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CAIR Condemns GOP Leadership’s Continued Silence Over Rep. Boebert’s Attack on Rep. Omar, Calls Boebert to ‘Clearly and Publicly’ Apologize

  • CAIR Urges House Democratic Leadership to Censure Should GOP Fail to Condemn Rep. Boebert’s Islamophobic attack on Muslim Congresswoman  
  • Notes Rep. Boebert Made a Separate Attack on Rep. Omar Right Before Thanksgiving Weekend   

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/29/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) and other Republican leaders’ for their “continued silence” and “failure to repudiate” Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-CO) Thanksgiving break smear and anti-Muslim attack targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and for misusing Islamic terminology.   

CAIR also called on Rep. Boebert to “clearly and[publicly” apologize to Rep. Omar following the half-hearted apology she tweeted on Friday, writing in part: “I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar.”  

In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Department Director Robert S. McCaw said:  

“CAIR condemns Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other GOP leaders’ continued silence and failure to repudiate Republican Representatives Lauren Boebert’s ongoing Islamophobic ‘jihad squad’ attacks targeting Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.  

“Should House Republican leadership continue to turn a blind eye to the anti-Muslim bigotry festering within its own ranks – then House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi should move to censure Rep. Boebert and anyone else who engages in hate speech.   

“CAIR also calls on Representative Boebert to directly apologize to Congresswoman Omar and go beyond her half-hearted apology to ‘anyone in the Muslim community I offended.’ Leadership means taking responsibility for your actions.”    

Earlier today, CAIR directed a tweet at Rep. Boebert stating her half-hearted apology “doesn’t cut it,” adding what a real apology to Rep. Omar and American Muslims would look like: 

This is not the first time Rep. Boebert has engaged in anti-Muslim bigotry. On the Joe Pags Show, Boebert referred to Congresswoman Omar as a “propagandist for Hamas” and suggested she had a suicide belt strapped to her body.

WATCH VIDEO: Rep. Boebert Attacks Rep. Omar on Joe Page Show 

On November 17, Boebert engaged in another anti-Muslim “jihad squad” attack targeting Rep. Omar, in a tirade attacking Democrats during a congressional debate over censuring Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) for releasing an animated cartoon where he kills Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and attacks President Joe Biden.  

Background:   

On Thursday a video surfaced showing Boebert meeting with constituents over the Thanksgiving Break, apparently telling false story about being in a Capitol elevator with Rep. Omar, when a Capitol police officer reportedly approached and expressed alarm.   

“Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine,” Boebert claimed to have said, an allusion to the Islamophobic smear that all Muslims are terrorists. Boebert also called Omar a member of the “jihad squad.”   

CAIR immediately called on Republican leaders to condemn. Rep. Omar says the incident never happened and that Boebert seems too frightened to look her in the eye.   

Following Boebert’s half-hearted apology, attention seeking Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted in part on Saturday: “Never apologize to Islamic terrorist sympathizers” and “@IlhanMN and the Jihad Squad are all three and are undeserving of an apology.”  

Over the weekend, CAIR Deputy Director Edward Mitchel was featured on CNN and a local Fox News station condemning Boebert’s derogatory statements.  

“Jihad squad” is a derogatory term used primarily against American Muslim members of Congress and other Democratic lawmakers who make up “The Squad,” which includes Reps. Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), and Cori Bush (D-MO).  

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.              

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, iallison@cair.com   

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