Pelosi Fast-Tracks New Rule Protecting Ilhan Omar From Criticism

Pelosi Fast-Tracks New Rule Protecting Ilhan Omar From Criticism

( – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi passed a bill on Tuesday to fight Islamophobia. The bill would create a designated office within the State Department to help unify the Democratic party, and the world, against anti-Muslim hate speech. The House of Representatives voted 219-212 in favor of the bill as in-fighting and name-calling between certain lawmakers continued.

Last month, a Facebook video surfaced of Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), comparing Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to a terrorist. Soon after, Boebert apologized for her comment on Twitter, reached out to Omar, and agreed to a phone call to discuss the video’s contents and offer her a truce.

Omar didn’t think her tweet was good enough and demanded a public apology. Boebert disagreed, saying she’d already apologized and instead demanded Omar publicly apologize for her “anti-American” rhetoric. Omar apparently hung up on Boebert, saying publicly that the phone call was unproductive and that Boebert refused to apologize for her “hurtful and dangerous comments.”

Several Democratic lawmakers have called for Boebert to be removed from serving in certain committees for her Islamophobic comments against Omar. However, Pelosi refuses to act out of fear that Boebert’s popularity would only increase within the Republican members of Congress and the GOP.

Earlier this year, progressive leaders removed Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) from certain committees for “promoting violence” against Democrats. Their removal didn’t work as intended and only increased their popularity. So, as far as Pelosi is concerned, this bill will have to be good enough for now.

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