Pressley offering measure condemning Boebert

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) is offering a resolution condemning Rep. Lauren Boebert's (R-Colo.) use of Islamaphobic rhetoric — including her recent comments directed at Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSenate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Overnight Defense & National Security — DOD watchdog to review extremism screening Omar calls for closure of Guantánamo Bay prison after 20 years of 'lawlessness and cruelty' MORE (D-Minn.) — that would also remove her from her current committee assignments.

The effort by a member of the so-called Squad of liberal lawmakers that also includes Omar follows widespread criticism of a joke offered by Boebert, who compared Omar to a terrorist. Omar is Muslim and wears a hijab. 

The Washington Post first reported the Pressley resolution. 

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It's not clear whether the move will have the support of Democratic leaders in the House, though there have been talks about a resolution broadly condemning Islamophobia. There have been growing cries among Democrats to take action against Boebert as separate videos of her making remarks about Omar have circulated.

In the videos, Boebert jokes that it is safe to be in an elevator with Omar since she is not wearing a backpack. Omar has said the story that she was in an elevator with Boebert is false.

A source familiar with Pressley's plans confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday that 12 Democratic lawmakers have so far co-sponsored the resolution, including Reps. Cori BushCori BushMissouri State Highway Patrol: Ignore Gotham City alert The Memo: Biden's overpromising problem Centrist Democrats urge progressives to tamp down rhetoric MORE (Mo.), Judy ChuJudy May ChuPressley offering measure condemning Boebert Democratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal White House to host lawmakers as negotiations over agenda hit critical stage MORE (Calif.), Jesús García (Ill.), Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezSixteen Hispanic House Democrats ask EPA for tougher methane rule Pressley offering measure condemning Boebert Democrats livid over GOP's COVID-19 attacks on Biden MORE (Calif.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDesperate Dems signal support for cutting Biden bill down in size Sanders, 50 Democrats unveil bill to send N95 masks to all Americans Centrist Democrats urge progressives to tamp down rhetoric MORE (Wash.), Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeTreasury rolls out quarters featuring Maya Angelou, first Black woman on the coin A presidential candidate pledge can right the wrongs of an infamous day Rep. Bobby Rush tests positive in breakthrough case MORE (Calif.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse Democrats inquire about possible census undercount in Detroit, other communities Michigan redistricting spat exposes competing interests in Democratic coalition Tlaib announces run in new Detroit district with Lawrence retiring MORE (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLouisiana Rep. Troy Carter announces positive COVID-19 test Joining Pelosi, Hoyer says lawmakers should be free to trade stocks Schumer prepares for Senate floor showdown with Manchin, Sinema MORE (N.Y.) and Jamaal Bowman (N.Y.).

“For a Member of Congress to repeatedly use hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric and Islamophobic tropes towards a Muslim colleague is dangerous. It has no place in our society and it diminishes the honor of the institution we serve in,” Pressley said. “Without meaningful accountability for that Member’s actions, we risk normalizing this behavior and endangering the lives of our Muslim colleagues, Muslim staffers and every Muslim who calls America home. The House must unequivocally condemn this incendiary rhetoric and immediately pass this resolution. How we respond in moments like these will have lasting impacts, and history will remember us for it.”

Earlier this month, Pressley, along with Bowman, Bush, Jayapal and 34 other progressive lawmakers, called for Boebert to be stripped of her committee assignments.

“Rep. Boebert has repeatedly weaponized dangerous, anti-Muslim bigotry at our colleague Representative Ilhan Omar (MN-05). Instead of apologizing, Rep. Boebert has continued her Islamophobic rhetoric and chosen to spread hateful speech even further. In the face of death threats and vitriol being spewed at Rep. Omar, Representative Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyJoining Pelosi, Hoyer says lawmakers should be free to trade stocks Budowsky: To Dems: Run against the do-nothing GOP, Senate Overnight Defense & National Security — Texas hostage situation rattles nation MORE (CA-23)’s decision to allow and embolden continued hostility from his members speaks clearly to the Republican party’s willingness to allow hate and division to grow at the expense of our people, our values, and our institutions," they wrote in a statement at the time.

McCarthy, the GOP leader in the House, contacted Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerJoining Pelosi, Hoyer says lawmakers should be free to trade stocks Hoyer calls for 'clear and prudent firearms guidelines' from Capitol Police Board Desperate Dems signal support for cutting Biden bill down in size MORE (D-Md.) about setting up a phone call between Omar and Boebert to clear the air. Unsurprisingly, that call ended in acrimony, with both lawmakers criticizing the other in separate statements.