Omar told host Jake Tapper that House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is a “liar and a coward” related to how he responded to comments made by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) about her. Boebert had described Omar as the “jihad squad.”
Tapper asked Omar what it was like “being compared to a terrorist suicide bomber” and hearing “blatant bigotry” from a fellow House member. Omar said Boebert’s statement was “derogatory, dangerous, and inciting.” In her adjectives-only response, she also called the comment “shocking, unacceptable, and very unbecoming.”
Tapper then commented on McCarthy’s statement about Boebert’s comment, wondering why he had not “publicly condemned” the remark.
McCarthy said that Boebert apologized publicly and personally and wanted to meet with Omar personally. He noted that Boebert called Omar and told her to apologize.
Tapper then observed that after the phone conversation, his impression was that Boebert “doubled down” on social media by saying things that “were equally incendiary.” When asked for her reaction, Omar said that McCarthy “can’t condemn” the “anti-Muslim and bigoted Islamophobia” being “trafficked” by House Republicans.
Tapper then asked Omar what she meant when she said McCarthy didn’t “have the ability” to condemn the comments of other Republicans. She responded by saying that is “who they are” and said that “we” have to press the GOP to “reckon with normalizing anti-Muslim bigotry.”
Omar also told Tapper that she has received “too many death threats to count” following the comments made by Boebert.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) reacted to the controversy by saying that no one should apologize to “Islamic terrorist sympathizers, communists, or those who fund murder with our tax dollars.”