Omar calls McCarthy 'a liar and a coward' for reaction to Boebert comments

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.) on Sunday blasted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report GOP's McCarthy has little incentive to work with Jan. 6 panel MORE (R-Calif.) for his reaction to Rep. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertRand Paul cancels DirecTV subscription after it drops OAN Top House Democrat pushes for 'isolation boxes' for maskless lawmakers Congress restores strict health protocols during omicron-fueled surge MORE's (R-Colo.) Islamophobic comments about her, calling the GOP leader “a liar and a coward.”

“McCarthy is a liar and a coward. He doesn't have the ability to condemn the kind of bigoted Islamophobia and anti-Muslim rhetoric that are being trafficked by a member of his conference,” Omar told co-host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperMcCaul says US withdrawal from Afghanistan has emboldened Russia on Ukraine Sunday shows - Voting rights legislation dominates Texas Republican: FBI probe into synagogue hostage taker spreads to London, Tel Aviv MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked about McCarthy.

Pressed on why McCarthy does not have the ability to condemn such remarks, Omar said, “Because this is who they are,” referring to the Republican Party.

“And we have to be able to stand up to them, and we have to push them to reckon with the fact that their party right now is normalizing anti-Muslim bigotry,” she added.

The clash between Omar and Boebert first broke out after video emerged of the Colorado Republican telling a story about being in an elevator with Omar, noting that the Minnesota Democrat did not have a backpack with her.

“Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine,” Boebert said.

The incident and a subsequent video of Boebert making Islamophobic comments about Omar at an event in September ignited Capitol Hill, with Democrats calling for Boebert to be reprimanded, including being stripped of her committee assignments. Republican leadership, however, has not been willing to take those steps.

McCarthy on Friday said Boebert apologized for her actions, including personally, and had a phone call with Omar. Tapper noted, however, that Boebert doubled down on her comments after the phone call.

Asked by Tapper about if she thinks House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat GOP senator knocks Biden for 'spreading things that are untrue' in voting rights speech MORE (D-Calif.) will ultimately move to hold a vote on stripping Boebert of her committee assignments, Omar said she had a conversation with the top Democrat and is “very confident that she will take decisive action next week.”

Omar said Pelosi made a “promise to me that she will take care of this,” adding, “I believe her.”

The Minnesota Democrat also knocked Boebert on Sunday, telling Tapper that it is “unbecoming of a congresswoman to use that kind of derogatory, dangerous, inciting language against a colleague.”