Boebert said she called Omar Monday to say she had â€œreflectedâ€ on her previous remarks, in which she joked to a crowd about Omar, who is Muslim, being a suicide bomber.
â€œI never want anything I say to offend someoneâ€™s religion, so I told her that,â€ Boebert said Monday in an Instagram video recapping the conservation.
Boebert said she essentially repeated the statement sheâ€™d posted on Twitter last week, which was an apology to the Muslim community â€• not to Omar. And Boebert made it clear that Omar wouldnâ€™t be getting an apology.
â€œShe said she still wanted a public apology because what I had done wasnâ€™t good enough,â€ Boebert said. â€œSo I told Ilhan Omar she should make a public apology to the American people for her anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-police rhetoric. She continued to press and I continued to press back.â€
During an event in her district last week, Boebert told an anecdote about a Capitol Police officer rushing toward an elevator that she had just boarded with her staff. She said she didnâ€™t understand why the officer looked worried until she noticed Omar was there.
â€œI said, â€˜Well, she doesnâ€™t have a backpack, I should be fine,â€™â€ Boebert said, to applause from her constituents. â€œI said, â€˜Oh look, the Jihad Squad decided to show up for work today.â€™â€
In a statement, Omar essentially confirmed Boebertâ€™s description of the call.
â€œToday, I graciously accepted a call from Rep. Lauren Boebert in the hope of receiving a direct apology for falsely claiming she met me in an elevator, suggesting I was a terrorist, and for a history of anti-Muslim hate,â€ Omar said. â€œInstead 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.â€
Omar repeated her call for Boebert to face some sort of sanction from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), which is unlikely. Earlier this month, McCarthy refused to back a censure resolution against Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) after the far-right Republican posted a cartoon video of himself killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
McCarthy is afraid to go against even the most extreme members of his party because doing so could put him at odds with ex-president Donald Trump. Without Trumpâ€™s backing, McCarthy would have a hard time becoming speaker of the House if Republicans win control in the 2022 midterms.
In her remarks at the event in Colorado, Boebert said of Omar that â€œitâ€™s just her staffers on Twitter that talk for her,â€ but Omar herself told HuffPost earlier this month what she thinks of Boebert and the other right-wing Republicans who routinely target her.
â€œTheyâ€™re just really angry, sad people and you know I pray for them to find joy,â€ Omar said. â€œI pray for them to find God. I pray for them to find peace.â€