“Don’t worry. There’s plenty that would love to take you off the face of the f-cking earth. Come and get it, bitch. You f-cking Muslim piece of sh-t, you jihadist.
“You will not live much longer, bitch.”
No, that wasn’t Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert calling Rep. Ilhan Omar to explain herself better. It’s just one of Boebert’s biggest fans on the phone.
What the Colorado congresswoman, whose mouth is set on “semiauto,” says daily is separated from that dangerous caller only by degrees.
Boebert has faced rightful outrage – from everyone except GOP leaders – for having been caught on tape fabricating more than once an account about being in an elevator with Omar and telling others that since the Minnesota Democrat “doesn’t have a backpack,” passengers can rest easy.
It’s a joke. Get it? No bomb. Get it?
A real side-splitter, celebrated with guffaws by a certifiable MAGA audience.
A liar. A racist. A delight to her audience. Boebert knows how best to up her odds for party leadership.
The Denver Post, which has denounced Boebert’s torch-bearing rhetoric before, said that since her party won’t apologize for what she said, it would.
Republicans can disagree with Ilhan Omar's politics, but whatever she says is all in tones and terms of her job of deliberative representation in the U.S. House.
In terms of dignity and intellectual heft, if Omar, Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene were in fact in an elevator together, Omar would be the only one tall enough to reach the buttons.
What is the function of these bomb-throwers in Washington? Much like Donald Trump’s was.
Trump set this tone. Boebert and Greene believe they are giving the people what they want.
Boebert’s anti-Muslim slur fits hand in glove with Trump’s body of work, slurring people of color with his first few words at the bottom on his golden escalator as he announced his candidacy, and starting his presidency with a ban on travel from predominantly Muslim countries.
With her comments about Minnesotan Omar, Boebert, elected by a deep red Western Slope district, has slandered 3.45 million Americans – our Muslim population. She has defamed more of her fellow countrymen than live in Utah or Nevada.
The Republican Party is complicit. Feckless leaders like Kevin McCarthy don’t dare denounce her. McCarthy knows she is following today’s Golden Rule for Republicans: “Do unto others as Donald Trump would do unto them.”
It’s interesting that Boebert would call Omar and her political allies the “jihad squad,” when Boebert and Greene, and the wrecking crew of terrorists Trump sent to the Capitol on Jan. 6, waged the closest thing to an anti-American jihad we’ve ever known.
Bombs? A terrorist placed one each outside Democratic and Republican headquarters in Washington that very day.
Calling the storming of the Capitol what it was – terrorism — got Rep. Liz Cheney expelled by her own party in Wyoming. Fortunately, she is not muzzled as she and others probe the causes of one America’s darkest days.
In light of the Republican Party swallowing its whistle over Boebert’s words, “If there is any remaining traditional moral leadership in the GOP, I’m asking where it is,” said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The GOP rallies around feverish nut job Paul Gosar when he’s censured for a video fantasizing about rubbing out one of his colleagues in the House. It is the dignity of Liz Cheney that makes good Republicans squeamish.
Responding to the outcry over her indefensible comments, Boebert, calling herself “a strong Christian,” said, “I never want anything I say to offend someone’s religion.”
If the latter were in the form of a contract, we could trust never to hear so much as a bleat from her evermore.
Longtime newspaperman John Young lives in Colorado. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.