He was referring to Boebertâ€™s appalling joke in a speech to constituents last week in which she suggested that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a Muslim, could be a suicide bomber.
â€œI … condemn the kind of comments that were made by my colleague in Congress towards a fellow colleague on the other side of the aisle,â€ Reed said on CNNâ€™s â€œOutFront.â€ â€œThis is a pox on all our houses.â€
He added: â€œWe have degraded to a point in the institution of Congress [to a] level of hate Iâ€™ve never felt before.â€
This â€œrhetoric, this type of commentary, has to stop. We need to focus on the American people and solving their problems. Thatâ€™s got to be the mission,â€ said Reed, the former leader of the House Problem Solvers Caucus.
This is the â€œinstitution of Congress, this is the Peopleâ€™s House, and we have to respect each other,â€ Reed added. American citizens â€œshould be working together as opposed to engaging in what could be called antics of a high-school-level nature.â€
Boebert claimed in her talk to constituents in Colorado that she had just stepped into an elevator with Omar at the U.S. Capitol recently when a concerned police officer rushed over before the doors closed.
â€œI look to my left and there she is, Ilhan Omar,â€ Boebert said with a laugh in a video clip of her tale. â€œI say, well, she doesnâ€™t have a backpack, we should be fine.â€
She also claimed she glanced at the Democratic lawmaker and said: â€œOh, look, the jihad squad decided to show up for work today.â€
Omar said none of that happened.
Boebert claimed she called Omar on Monday to apologize â€” but attacked her instead â€” and suggested Omar â€œsympathizes with terrorists.â€
â€œI never want anything I say to offend someoneâ€™s religion, so I told her that,â€ Boebert recounted Monday in an Instagram video recapping the conservation.
But then Boebert said she told Omar that â€œshe should make a public apology to the American people for her anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-police rhetoric.â€
Thatâ€™s when Omar ended the call.
Omar is calling for Boebert to face some sort of sanction from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), which is unlikely.
â€œTo date, the Republican Party leadership has done nothing to condemn and hold their own members accountable for repeated instances of anti-Muslim hate and harassment,â€ Omar said in a statement Monday.
â€œThis is not about one hateful statement or one politician; it is about a party that has mainstreamed bigotry and hatred. It is time for Republican Leader McCarthy to actually hold his party accountable.â€