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Reps. Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, and Marjorie Taylor Greene

Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), attend a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. on October 21, 2021. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

'There Must Be Consequences': Democratic Leaders Demand Boebert's Removal From Committees

"It should not be a partisan issue to condemn the explicit harassment and dangerous abuse of a colleague based on their religion, but this is the level to which the GOP leader and too many members of the Republican party have sunk."

Julia Conley

Democratic House caucus leaders are demanding that Rep. Lauren Boebert be removed from her committee assignments following racist remarks she made about Rep. Ilhan Omar, condemning the Colorado Republican for putting the progressive Democrat and Muslims across the U.S. in danger.

In a statement released Wednesday, Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Congressional Asian Pacific American Chair Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Congressional Equality Caucus Chair David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) condemned both Boebert's conduct and the refusal of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to hold members of his caucus accountable for bigotry.

"There must be consequences for vicious workplace harassment and abuse that creates an environment so unsafe for colleagues and staff that it invites death threats against them."

"Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has absolutely failed in leading his caucus to condemn hatred and bigotry, much less to maintain any basic standards of decency within the halls of Congress," said the Democrats. "He is unwilling or unable to control his own members from inciting violence against other members of Congress or encouraging bigotry and hatred. If he cannot lead his own caucus, he certainly will never be able to lead the House of Representatives."

As Common Dreams reported last week, Boebert released a video in which she was seen falsely claiming that Omar, who is Somali-American, was mistaken for a suicide bomber by Capitol Police and calling Omar a member of the "jihad squad."

Amid warnings that such rhetoric directly endangers Muslims in the U.S., Boebert refused to publicly apologize for her remarks, instead demanding in a phone call with Omar that the Minnesota Democrat apologize for her so-called "anti-American" rhetoric.

On Tuesday, Omar shared at a press conference that following Boebert's incendiary remarks, she received a violent death threat on her voicemail in which the caller said, "You will not live much longer."

"Today, we are calling for Representative Boebert to be removed from her committee assignments," wrote the Democratic caucus leaders. "There must be consequences for vicious workplace harassment and abuse that creates an environment so unsafe for colleagues and staff that it invites death threats against them. There must be consequences for elected representatives who traffic in anti-Muslim and racist tropes that make all Muslims across the country less safe. There must be consequences when members of Congress demonize an entire religion and promote hate from their positions of public trust."

Nearly a week after Boebert shared the video, McCarthy has not condemned her comments. The Republican leader was widely criticized in November after Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) shared an animated video that depicted him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)—to which McCarthy responded only with a brief statement that Gosar "took the video down and he made a statement that he doesn't support violence to anybody."

Gosar was ultimately censured by the House and stripped of his committee assignments, with only two Republicans voting with the House Democrats in support of the move.

"It should not be a partisan issue to condemn the explicit harassment and dangerous abuse of a colleague based on their religion, but this is the level to which the GOP leader and too many members of the Republican party have sunk," wrote the caucus chairs. "In refusing to hold his membership accountable, Representative McCarthy condones this hatred and the danger it incites."

The chairs' statement followed a press conference in which Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) pointed to Gosar's and Boebert's videos as well as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-Ga.) use of the term "jihad squad," which she used to refer to Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, and other progressive people of color in the House.

"Why isn't the Republican conference going to act on this?" said Jeffries. "What more does Kevin McCarthy need to see?"


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