Washington (SD) – Lawmaker Ilhan Omar, a member of the US House of Representatives, is currently facing threats following a series of hateful GOP inspired comments.
A controversy between Lawmakers Omar and Boebert began last week with a video showing Boebert at an event telling a story about getting in an elevator with Omar, to which she said, “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.” She also called Omar, who is a Somali immigrant, part of the “Jihad Squad” and joked that she could be a terrorist.
Ilhan Omar said this week that many threatening messages had been sent to her since Boebert’s comments, and released a voicemail containing death threats that had been sent to her, raising serious concerns.
“We see you Muslim sand [N-word] b. We know what you’re up to. You’re all about taking over our country. Don’t worry, there’s plenty that will love the opportunity to take you off the face of this f Earth. Come get it, b, you f Muslim piece of s. You jihadist. We know what you are. You’re a f*** traitor. You will not live much longer,” a male voice is heard saying.
On Friday, Boebert posted an apology and tweeted, “I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar,” and said she reached out to Omar’s office in the hopes of having a conversation with her Democratic colleague.
Boebert continued to say Omar demanded a public apology, the Hang up on her when she asked that Omar apologize for her anti-American comments.
Ilhan released an statement confirming that she hung up on Boebert as the Republican said.
“Instead 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. I believe in engaging with those we disagree with respectfully, but not when that disagreement is rooted in outright bigotry and hate.” Omar said.
The Lawmaker said that while other politicians receive threats, those against her are due to her religion and ethnicity, adding that all the threats include hateful comments that Trump has already spread.
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