Kevin McCarthy Fails To Condemn Lauren Boebert's Islamophobic Remarks

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Published on 29 Nov 2021, 19:00
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy issued a statement on Saturday about Lauren Boebert's disgustingly Islamophobic remarks about Representative Ilhan Omar, where McCarthy completely failed to condemn Boebert. All he said was that they are going to facilitate a conversation between the two so that they can get "back to business" and have actual discussions, but that is far from good enough. Boebert should be expelled, as Ring of Fire's Farron Cousins explains.

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*This transcript was generated by a third-party transcription software company, so please excuse any typos.

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy issued a statement this past weekend where he attempted to put the matter to rest over Lauren Boebert's bigotry and Islamophobia. Here is the statement that Kevin McCarthy released. I talked to Congresswoman Lauren Boebert today. She has apologized for what she said and has reached out to Congresswoman Omar to meet next week. I spoke with majority leader Steny Hoyer to, today to facilitate that meeting so that Congress can get back to talking to each other and working on the challenges facing the American people. Cool, awesome statement. Nowhere in that statement did you actually condemn what Lauren Boebert did. Nowhere in that statement did you say that what she said was wrong. And for anybody who wasn't paying attention, again, because this news did break over the Thanksgiving week. So a lot of people weren't paying attention to the news, but here it is.

Lauren Boebert at a recent gathering, told a story of how she was in the elevator with Ilhan Omar and she joked to her colleague that, well, she doesn't have a backpack. So I guess we don't have to worry, you know, implying that she could be a bomber of some kind, a terrorist. And then they made a joke about the jihad squad actually showing up for work today. This is not the first time that Boebert has used the phrase jihad squad. She actually used it on the floor of Congress not that long ago during the vote to file contempt charges against Steve Bannon. So that's what happened. She, she showed her bigotry. She showed her Islamophobia. She attacked a fellow member of Congress with these, you know, racist slurs and Kevin McCarthy, leader of the Republicans in the House, couldn't even condemn it. Just said, hey, we're going to get these two together. They're going to chat and then everybody's going to be cool.

That's not how it works, Kevin. Lauren Boebert should be expelled from Congress for these comments alone, not to mention everything else she has ever done, but let's, let's put all that aside. We've talked about all that at length. For these comments alone, for a sitting member of Congress to say such hateful, hurtful and bigoted things, especially about another member of Congress, that's grounds for dismissal right there. Any other workplace in the United States would have fired her on the spot for these kind of comments. You don't believe me? You go up to a Muslim coworker and you say these same things and you see how long you're still employed. And if we can't hold our elected officials to a higher standard than what we hold workers at a fast food joint, then something is terminally wrong with our Congress. Lauren Boebert needs to be expelled, of course, Republicans are never going to do that.

But honestly, that shouldn't stop Democrats at this point from doing to her, what they recently did to, you know, Marjorie Taylor Greene, to other Republicans out there. They need to be stripped of their committees, have any and all power that they may have in that Congress taken away from them and there should also be a vote to expel them. I know the vote will fail. I know the vote will fail. I'm not worried about that. I want them to send a message to the American public that this kind of behavior is not going to be tolerated in the halls of Congress. Because God knows Kevin McCarthy's not going to do it because the man doesn't have a spine.