Rep. Pressley, 37 other House members call for Boebert to be stripped of committee assignments

House Rep Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), along with 37 other House members have called for Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) to be removed from her committee assignments after her allegedly Islamophobic remarks.

Last week, videos surfaced of Boebert addressing a crowd in which she joked about Rep Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) religion of Islam and connected it to a terrorist reference.

She has since apologized to the Muslim community and promised to reach out to Omar privately. However, when she did, Omar requested a public apology, which Boebert countered with Omar issuing a public apology for her “anti-American, anti-Semitic, anti-police rhetoric”.

Now, more than three dozen House members are pushing back at Boebert and at Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. They argued that McCarthy’s “decision to allow and embolden continued hostility from his members speaks clearly to the Republican party’s willingness to allow hate and division to grow at the expense of our people, our values, and our institutions.”

In a statement cosigned by 38 House members, the representatives said Boebert “has repeatedly weaponized dangerous, anti-Muslim bigotry at our colleague Representative Ilhan Omar,” adding that, “Instead of apologizing, Rep. Boebert has continued her Islamophobic rhetoric and chosen to spread hateful speech even further. [We] refuse to stand by as Islamophobia, anti-Blackness, anti-immigrant sentiment, and xenophobia are trafficked into the halls of Congress by members of the Republican party.” 

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