Repeated, ongoing and targeted

Boebert is on the naughty step.

“I was getting into an elevator with one of my staffers,” Boebert told the laughing crowd. “You know, we’re leaving the Capitol and we’re going back to my office and we get an elevator and I see a Capitol police officer running to the elevator. I see fret all over his face, and he’s reaching, and the door’s shutting, like I can’t open it, like what’s happening. 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.’ ”

On Twitter on Friday, Omar called for Boebert to be disciplined by House leaders.

“Saying I am a suicide bomber is no laughing matter,” Omar tweeted. “@GOPLeader and @SpeakerPelosi need to take appropriate action, normalizing this bigotry not only endangers my life but the lives of all Muslims. Anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in Congress.”

The Dems issued a statement yesterday:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Pete Aguilar issued this joint statement condemning recent Islamophobic and racist comments, as well as a fictionalized incident, from Congresswoman Lauren Boebert:

“Racism and bigotry of any form, including Islamophobia, must always be called out, confronted and condemned in any place it is found.  This is particularly true in the halls of Congress, which are the very heart of our democracy.

“Congresswoman Boebert’s repeated, ongoing and targeted Islamophobic comments and actions against another Member of Congress, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, are both deeply offensive and concerning.  This language and behavior are far beneath the standard of integrity, dignity and decency with which the Constitution and our constituents require that we act in the House.  We call upon Congresswoman Boebert to fully retract these comments and refrain from making similar ones going forward.

“Leader McCarthy and the entire House Republican Leadership’s repeated failure to condemn inflammatory and bigoted rhetoric from members of their conference is outrageous.  We call on the Republican Leadership to address this priority with the Congresswoman and to finally take real action to confront racism.”

The Post says Boebert tweeted an apology (in fact not a real apology) but I can’t find it on Twitter now.

I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar. I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly,” Boebert tweeted. “There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction.”

Not a real apology because she limits it to “anyone offended,” which implies that only some (hypersensitive) people would be offended by it, while good robust healthy people could just laugh it off. Putting it that way amounts to saying she didn’t actually say anything inherently “offensive” – or to put it more clearly, deliberately calculated to insult. Of course she said it to insult, with malice aforethought.

I read several of her tweets when looking for the “apology” one, and was surprised to see how trashy and vulgar she really is. I don’t know why surprised, except I suppose I assume that people who actually get elected to Congress make some effort to live up to the role, even foul people like Boebert. Some probably do but she sure as hell doesn’t. “Trashy” is a vile epithet but it fits her. She’s trashy all the way down.

The other reason that “apology” isn’t an apology is because of the punchline: “There are plenty of policy differences to focus on without this unnecessary distraction.” Makes it sound as if the “unnecessary distraction” came from some third party, or even from Omar herself.


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