Dozens of Democratic lawmakers want Lauren Boebert to be stripped of her committee assignments following her anti-Muslim 'Jihad Squad' comments

Dozens of Democratic lawmakers want Lauren Boebert to be stripped of her committee assignments following her anti-Muslim 'Jihad Squad' comments
House Democrats say Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert should lose her committee assignments over Islamophobic comments she made about Rep. Ilhan Omar.Getty
  • House Democrats want GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert to lose her committee assignments.
  • Boebert has faced scrutiny over a video of her making Islamophobic comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Dozens of House Democrats are collectively calling for Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado to be stripped of her committee assignments following her anti-Muslim remarks about Rep. Ilhan Omar.

In a letter released Wednesday, five House Democratic caucus chairs — Reps. Pramila Jayapal, Joyce Beatty, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, and Raul Ruiz — led the call for Boebert to face "consequences" for her anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Separately, 38 members of the House also issued a statement Thursday calling for Boebert to be removed from her committees.

Earlier this month, a video of Boebert making Islamophobic comments about Omar went viral. In the video, Boebert described running into Omar in an elevator and referred to her by the term "Jihad Squad."

Omar denied the story and said the far-right Colorado congresswoman "looks down when she sees me at the Capitol."


"This whole story is made up. Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout," Omar continued. "Anti-Muslim bigotry isn't funny & shouldn't be normalized. Congress can't be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslims tropes get no condemnation."

Boebert later apologized on Twitter. "I apologize to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar," she wrote. "I have reached out to her office to speak with her directly."

Omar said later, however, that her phone call with Boebert had been "unproductive" and that Boebert had "doubled down on her rhetoric."

During a press conference earlier this week, Omar played recordings of death threats she received, including an expletive-laden voicemail in which the caller accused her of being a "jihadist."

"There must be consequences for vicious workplace harassment and abuse that creates an environment so unsafe for colleagues and staff that it invites death threats against them," the letter from the caucus chairs said. "There must be consequences for elected representatives who traffic in anti-Muslim and racist tropes that make all Muslims across the country less safe."


The chairs also pointed the finger at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, accusing him of failing to lead his caucus to "condemn hate and bigotry" or "maintain any standards of decency within the halls of Congress."

A separate statement issued by nearly four dozen House progressives on Thursday called for Boebert to be removed from all committee assignments.

"Rep. Boebert has repeatedly weaponized dangerous, anti-Muslim bigotry at our colleague Representative Ilhan Omar," the statement said.

"Muslims across the country are looking to Congress at this moment, watching to see if those they sent to represent their interests in Washington are going to stand up in the face of blatant, vicious Islamophobia," the lawmakers said.

Boebert sits on the Committee on Natural Resources, the Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the United States, the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, and the Committee on the Budget.


She would not be the first Republican to lose her committee seats this year.

In November, Rep. Paul Gosar was censured and lost his seats on both the House oversight and Natural Resource committees after he tweeted an anime video edited to show a character with his face killing a character with the face of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And in February, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene lost her positions on the Education and Labor Committee and the Budget Committee after 11 House Republicans crossed party lines to vote to strip her of the seats, accusing her of promoting conspiracy theories and endorsing political violence.