Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mas.) Presents a resolution condemning Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Col.) For Islamophobic rhetoric.
“For a member of Congress to repeatedly use hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric and Islamophobic troops against a Muslim colleague is dangerous. It has no place in our society and it diminishes the honor of the institution in which we serve, ”Pressley said.
She added: “Without meaningful accountability for that member’s actions, we run the risk of normalizing this behavior and endangering the lives of our Muslim colleagues, Muslim staff members and every Muslim who calls America home. The House must unequivocally condemn this inflammatory rhetoric and immediately adopt this resolution. How we react in moments like this will have a lasting impact, and history will remember us for that. ”
It is not clear whether the resolution has the support of other Democratic members of the House, although it probably at least some do, given the criticism leveled at Boebert in recent weeks.
Boebert was accused of expressing anti-Muslim sentiments after calling his representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) a member of “the Jihad Squad”, made the remarks during a House resolution to represent Paul Gosar (R- Ariz.), Who d’d shared an altered, animated video depicting him killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) and threatening President Joe Biden.
“The Speaker pointed to the floor to discuss members’ inappropriate actions, shall we?” she said at the time. “The Jihad Squad member from Minnesota paid her husband, and not her brother-husband – the other one, more than a million dollars in campaign funds. This member is admitted to the Foreign Affairs Committee while praising terrorists. “
.@laurenboebert loses it during the debate to censor Paul Gosar, while accusing him of “sleeping with the enemy” over everything from “the Jihad group” to the accusation of a Democratic congressman. pic.twitter.com/Y9bhGtnlgt
– The Republican Liability Project (@AccountableGOP) 17 November 2021
Pressley is among a group of progressive lawmakers who have called for Boebert to be stripped of her committee assignments.
Alan is a writer, editor and news junkie in New York.