U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) claimed yesterday, without citing evidence, that when Democrat Ilhan Omar (D-MN) moved into the congressional office formerly occupied by U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), Omar was “caught” saying, “We still need to clean the Jew juice out of this office.”
“Even one congressman, Lee Zeldin, he’s one of two Jewish congressmen,” said Boebert Monday on KHOW radio’s Dan Caplis Show in Denver at 27:15. “And whenever he left his office in Congress, [U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (R-MN)] moved into his old office, and she was caught saying, ‘We still need to clean the Jew juice out of this office.'”
“You’re kidding me,” replied Caplis,” without asking Boebert to say where she got the allegation. “Oh man. Jeez.”
“And, you know, I mean, this is the kind of rhetoric that comes from a person like this, and it’s absolutely disgusting,” Boebert continued on air. “And just because I apologize for offending someone’s religious beliefs doesn’t mean that I’m going to back down from calling her out on the horrible things that she has said about America and the horrible things that she’s done to America.”
No record of such a statement by Omar could be found, and there are actually two Jewish Republican members of Congress (and dozens of Jewish Democrats). Calls to Omar’s and Zeldin’s offices were not immediately returned. Caplis also didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.
Zeldin has said Omar should be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, due to comments she’s made.
Boebert appeared on KHOW’s Dan Caplis show to discuss her phone call with Omar Monday, in which Boebert said she hoped to seek forgiveness for offending Omar by suggesting Omar was a terrorist.
In the radio interview, Boebert repeated most of the points she made in a Facebook post following her phone call with Omar.
“I guess it’s kind of hard to apologize to someone who doesn’t see redemption for what it is,” Boebert said on air. “You know, I mean, as a Christian woman, my faith is very important to me, very valuable to me. And redemption and forgiveness is key to my religion. And so whenever you know, I was made aware that she was offended, I said, ‘Look, as a Christian woman, I never want to offend anyone for their religious beliefs, and I apologize for that.’ But that wasn’t enough for her. She wanted a public apology. I said there’s already a public statement out there. And that wasn’t enough for her. And I said, if there’s going to be another public apology, it needs to come from you to the American people for your anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-police rhetoric because that is what is destroying our country.”
Omar hung up on Boebert, which Boebert called “cancel culture 101, not accepting an apology and hanging up on someone. And this is the pillar of the Democrat Party.”
For her part, Omar said in a statement quoted by the New York Times, “Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Representative 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.”
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