(FiveNation.com)- Progressive Representative Ilhan Omar, a member of the infamous “Squad,” is putting pressure on her party’s leader, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Minnesota representative said recently that she would expect Pelosi to place sanctions on Republican Representative Lauren Boebert from Colorado before the end of the year, for suggesting that Omar is a terrorist.
On Sunday, Omar appeared with Jake Tapper of CNN and said:
“I have had a conversation with the speaker, and I’m very confident that she will take decisive action next week … It’s important for us to say, this kind of language, this kind of hate cannot be condoned by the House of Representatives. And we should punish and sanction Boebert by stripping her of her committees, by rebuking her language, by doing everything that we can to send a clear and decisive message to the American public that, if the Republicans are not going to be adults and condone — condemn this, that we are going to do that.”
The remarks Omar is referring to, which started a feud between her and Boebert, happened just a few weeks ago. Boebert was sharing a story about an interaction she had with Omar in the Capitol building, where she suggested, in a roundabout way, that Omar was a terrorist.
Boebert’s remarks were:
“I was getting into an elevator with one of my staffers, and he and I were leaving the Capitol, we’re going back to my office and we get in the elevator and I see a Capitol Police officer running hurriedly to the elevator. I see fret all over his face.
“And he’s reaching. The door is shutting. I can’t open it. What’s happening? I look to my left and there she is, Ilhan Omar, and I said, ‘Well she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine.'”
After being criticized for the remarks, Boebert apologized on twitter to “anyone in the Muslim community I offended.” She even called Omar directly to apologize, but the progressive representative hung up on her.
In the days that followed, CNN unearthed a video of Boebert giving a speech in September where she suggesting Omar was “evil” and “black-hearted.”
Now, Omar is trying to put pressure on Pelosi to do what she and the Democrats have already done to other Republicans they don’t like — sanction them and strip them of committee assignments. They did that already earlier this year to Republican Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona.
The House even went as far as formally censuring Gosar for posting an edited video showing him killing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, another member of the Squad.
During the censure proceedings, Pelosi said:
“We cannot have a member joking about murdering each other or threatening the President of the United States. Disguising death threats as a video doesn’t make it less real. It’s a sad day for the House of Representatives, but a necessary day.”
Now, Pelosi must decide whether she should take more “necessary” action on another Republican member of the House.