Continuing to downplay criticism about her bigoted joke about Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar being a terrorist, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) said last week that if she were Omar, she would have responded with a joke.
“If a joke like that would have been made, and I was the receiving end of that, you know, I would have made something light of it,” Boebert told KOA’s Ross Kaminsky Dec. 10. “Like she could have said, ‘I was in an elevator with Lauren Boebert, but she didn’t have her AK-47, so it was fine.’ But I guess that’s just me.”
Boebert delivered the joke about Omar being a terrorist at a fundraising event, where told the crowd that she, a police officer, and Omar were in an elevator together and Boebert told the security officer, “‘Well [Omar] doesn’t have a backpack; we should be fine.’”
On another Colorado radio station last month, Boebert also downplayed the bigoted comment toward Omar, saying, without citing evidence, that when Omar 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.’”
Last month, when Boebert called Omar to apologize, Omar hung up on Boebert after 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,” according to Omar.
Boebert claimed Omar refused to accept her apology.
Congressional Democrats have stopped short of censuring Boebert.