Lauren Popper: A non-apology to Ilhan Omar

At some point, everyone has made a bad apology to someone who wronged them. You know, the kind of apology in which you take no responsibility for the act itself, but still expect to forgive the person you offended. For most people, this is not their best moment.

For Lauren Poubert of Colorado, this is just a continuation of her subversion of the political process at the national level. Boebert’s pronunciation is negative in nature. It’s racist. It is ignorance. It is malice and arrogance. And for a troubling segment of the electorate, it is inexplicably popular.

Boebert spent most of Thanksgiving week offending Minnesota’s 5th congressional district representative, Ilhan Omar, in various ways. This series of crimes began controversy – as it were – about a video tweet by Arizona actor Paul Gosar in which Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was killed and President Joe Biden attacked, cartoon-style. Gosar who was His family denounced him, calling him “a despicable” rejected as “Collect wet toothpicksBy the AOC, he was reprimanded by the House and stripped of his committee duties for the tweet. But Boebert Take a critical position on the ground, describing the proceedings as a “ridiculous waste of House time” and then adding that “since the Speaker of the House has set aside the session to discuss the members’ inappropriate actions, right?” She proceeded to launch an unprovoked attack on Omar, referring to her as a “Minnesota jihad squad member” and claiming that the congresswoman “paid her husband—not her brother, the other—more than $1 million in her campaign money.”

No, Omar did not marry her brother – this is a right-wing racist lie born of nothing but xenophobia and menace, reminiscent of the absurdity of Obama’s birth certificate. And while Omar’s husband runs a political consulting firm that was at one point working on Omar’s campaign, they married in 2020, checked with the Federal Election Commission to make sure everything was kosher, and Omar ended their business relationship after her re-election So there would be “no perceived problem”.

While Poubert was telling her lies, she was also opening the door to accusations of “glass house people.” As Omar later pointed out in a tweet, Boebert’s dating history related to her husband is not just a rumour, but a Public record issue – From his imprisonment for “indecent exposure” in January 2004 to raising half a million a year as an oil and gas consultant when his wife voted on related bills in Congress.

But Boebert did not back down. With the loss, you multiply:

During his Thanksgiving break, Boebert is back on social media doing the kind of open-mic routine that makes you appreciate a heavy flow on two drinks minimum. “I have an Ilhan story for youShe said with a big smile and called it the “Jihad Division,” which was one of her biggest successes with the far right. I went on to recount an encounter in a congressional elevator, with a Capitol police officer (you know, these are Vote against giving medals After the January 6 rebellion) with “worried on his face” he ran towards the aforementioned elevator. The door closed, and she looked around and saw that Omar was also in the elevator, and said, “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.” A suicidal joke was made, and laughter from the small (and obviously small-minded) crowd followed, as she did a smile. Another cheery Boebert.

But Boebert could not leave that moment alone. Like any nonsense story, it has had to outdo itself in its constant retelling, or else it loses its ability to shock and amuse. So Poebert added that she followed up by saying, “Oh, look. Looks like the Jihad squad has decided to come to work today.” More smiling. More shouts. More festive societal hate.

The elevator accident never happened, but that doesn’t matter to many members of the Republican Party today, who seem to yearn as much obscenity as their worst fanatical representatives can denounce.

But after a widespread condemnation of Boebert’s standing-up routine, she decided to listen to whoever was in her ear telling her she had gone too far, and on Black Friday she issued the kind of no-apology a teen might make when forced to do so by the middle school principal. Apologizing for hurting someone’s feelings is not the point; By not addressing the false and mischievous claim, Poibert stood by what she said. It tripled. She might have just said, “Sorry you snowflakes can’t stand the truth” and then added an “intent.”

The void in Boebert’s apology was exacerbated by a follow-up phone call with Omar, in which she refused Omar’s request in the media to apologize so that she and all Americans could see that such behavior was egregious. “She kept asking for a public apology, so I told Ilhan Omar that she should make a public apology to the American people for her anti-American, anti-Semitic, and police rhetoric,” Poubert said.

So, instead of folding his bad hand, Poubert’s hand retracted four times.

Commented by Ilhan Omar. An understandable move, sure, but one that will undoubtedly fuel the self-righteous fire of the false indignation that characterizes Boubert’s rule. This is a group that demands absolute respect – including its right to disrespect anyone else.

Later on November 29, the Council on American-Islamic Relations called for Boebert to be blamed, essentially for all of the above. “That’s enough,” said Robert McCaw, director of government affairs at the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “Charging one of the first American Muslim women elected to Congress to be un-American and sympathizing with terrorists represents a disgusting new low for Representative Poppert. Republican leaders in Congress, beginning with House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, must condemn this bigotry and demand that she apologize Representative Boebert immediately, clearly and publicly. If she again refuses to do so, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Hoyer must censure her. Failure to do so would indicate that Islamophobia is an acceptable form of bigotry in the halls of Congress.”

No matter what Congressional leadership does, Poebert will undoubtedly continue to prove that it is a “ridiculous waste of House time.”


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