The call did little to quell tensions between the two lawmakers, as Omar says he hung up on Boebert, as he “refused to publicly acknowledge his hurtful and dangerous comments.”
“She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call,” Omar said in a statement.
In the post on social media, Boebert says she spoke to Omar and she told him, “I reflect on my previous comments, now as a strong Christian woman who values faith deeply, I have never I don’t want to hurt anyone’s religion.” She confirmed that Omar had asked for a public apology – and instead challenged Omar to apologize to himself for some of the comments he had made in the past.
“I will fearlessly continue to put America first, never sympathizing with terrorists,” Boebert said. “Unfortunately Ilhan can’t say the same thing and our country is worse for it.”
In his statement, Omar reiterated his call for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to take action against Boebert.
“I believe in engaging with those with whom we respectfully disagree, but not when that disagreement is rooted entirely in bigotry and hatred,” Omar said in his statement. “To date, the leadership of the Republican Party has done nothing to condemn and hold its own members accountable for repeated instances of anti-Muslim hatred and persecution.”
On Friday, Boebert apologized on Twitter to “anyone in the Muslim community who offended” after a video surfaced of him making anti-Muslim remarks about Omar last weekend. In a video posted to Facebook earlier this month, Boebert alleged that Omar was mistaken for a terrorist in an elevator on Capitol Hill. Boebert’s comments were flagged by the Twitter account PatriotTech, a left-wing group that researches right-wing extremism and is affiliated with the liberal Pac Medas Touch.
Last week, Omar called on House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and McCarthy to take action against Boebert, who has repeatedly made anti-Muslim remarks and referred to Omar, one of two Muslim women in Congress, as “jihadist”. As a member of the squad.”
Responding to Boebert’s comments, Omar said in another tweet, “Normalizing this bigotry puts at risk not only my life but the lives of all Muslims.” “Anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in Congress.”
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski contributed to this report.