Ilhan Omar fact-checks 'buffoon' Lauren Boebert — and calls her out for promoting 'anti-Muslim bigotry'

Ilhan Omar fact-checks 'buffoon' Lauren Boebert — and calls her out for promoting 'anti-Muslim bigotry'

Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, a far-right MAGA Republican and conspiracy theorist with pro-QAnon views, hasn’t been shy about promoting Islamophobia — especially when it comes to progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. And Omar is calling her out, slamming Boebert as both a “bigot” and a “buffoon.”

Boebert has been describing Omar, who is a Muslim and a native of Somalia, as a member of Congress’ “Jihad Squad.” And during a speech in Colorado on Thanksgiving, the QAnon ally told a crowd of supporters that when she recently shared an elevator with Omar inside the U.S. Capitol Building, she told a staffer, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack; we should be fine.’”

Boebert also claimed that inside the Capitol, she told a staffer, “Oh look, the Jihad Squad decided show up for work today.’”

But Boebert’s elevator anecdote, according to Omar, is fiction.

READ: Far-right Michigan Republican known for anti-vaxxer views hospitalized with COVID-19

On Thanksgiving, Omar tweeted:

The Guardian’s Hugo Lowell also had a hard time believing Boebert, tweeting:

Rev. Chuck Currie, a Protestant minister, called Boebert out as well on Twitter:

Of course, Omar is far from a jihadist. The Minnesota congresswoman holds decidedly feminist views, which are incompatible with far-right jihadist groups like al-Qaeda, ISIS (Islamic State, Iraq and Syria) and Boko Haram. But on the other hand, former Boebert aide Sherronna Bishop has praised the violent, far-right Proud Boys as an example of “everything that makes America great.”

READ: Aaron Rodgers denies having COVID toe after claiming to have had it

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ }}
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by