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Lauren Boebert’s apology call for suicide bomber comment ends with Rep. Ilhan Omar hanging up

Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert said in a video on Monday that she called Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar to apologize for implying that the Muslim congresswoman could be a suicide bomber.

But the call didn’t go as planned and ultimately Omar, who represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, which includes Minneapolis, hung up.

“Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments,” Omar said in a statement. “She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call.”

The conflagration began last week after a video spread on Twitter of Boebert telling a small group a story about running into Omar on an elevator.

“And I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine,’” Boebert said, later calling Omar a member of the “jihad squad.”

In her statement, Omar said the elevator tale was false.

Boebert tweeted an apology for the remarks on Friday to “anyone in the Muslim community I offended,” and followed up with a video outlining her call with Omar on Monday.

“I wanted to let (Omar) know directly that I had reflected on my previous remarks,” Boebert said. “As a strong Christian woman who values faith deeply, I never want anything I say to offend someone’s religion, so I told her that.”

“She said that she still wanted a public apology because what I had done wasn’t good enough,” Boebert continued. 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, anti-Semetic and anti-police rhetoric.”

Omar then hung up, Boebert said, adding that “Rejecting an apology and hanging up on someone is part of cancel culture 101.”

Omar, however, noted that Republican leaders remained silent on Boebert’s actions and have not condemned her repeated anti-Muslim comments.

“I believe in engaging with those we disagree with respectfully. But not when that disagreement is rooted in outright bigotry and hate,” Omar said.

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