Silly me. I had a hope that U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar and Lauren Boebert actually would be able to reach a meeting of the minds over remarks that Boebert made about Omar’s Muslim faith.
What we got after a phone conversation between the congresswomen apparently is a more intense feud between them than before the two of them chatted.
Oh, boy. Here we go.
Boebert had made some remarks suggesting that Omar — who was born in Somalia and is a naturalized U.S. citizen — somehow has “terrorist” tendencies. Omar took offense, quite naturally. The two of them sparred at some distance.
Boebert than called Omar, with Omar expecting a full apology for her statement about Omar and her faith. The apology didn’t come, according to Omar. The two of them had what Omar described as an “unproductive” conversation; Omar then hung up on Boebert.
I guess Boebert took offense at the way their conversation ended. She blasted Omar in a video message. “Make no mistake, I will continue to fearlessly put America first, never sympathizing with terrorists. Unfortunately, Ilhan can’t say the same thing. And our country is worse off for it,” Boebert said.
I’ll insert here that Omar is a Democrat and Boebert is a Republican. I got that out of the way.
Omar said this: “Today, I graciously accepted a call from Rep. Lauren Boebert in the hope of receiving a direct apology for falsely claiming she met me in an elevator, suggesting I was a terrorist, and for a history of anti-Muslim hate. Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments.”
Quite obviously, I was not privy to the lawmakers’ conversation. I am inclined to believe Ilhan Omar’s version of what transpired, given Lauren Boebert’s record of reckless, inflammatory and dangerous rhetoric.
Then again, my inclination is no surprise to anyone who reads this blog and understands my own bias.
I fear that this confrontation only illustrates the huge chasm that continues to divide the political parties, all of whose congressional members I hasten to point out take the same oath of office … to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution.