"We should punish and sanction Boebert by stripping her of her committees, by rebuking her language," Omar said. "By doing everything that we can to send a clear and decisive message to the American public that if the Republicans are not going to be adults and condemn this, that we are going to do that."
"I've had a conversation with the Speaker, and I'm very confident that she will take decisive action next week," Omar said. "As you know, when I first got to Congress, I was worried that I wasn't going to be allowed to be sworn in because there was a ban on the hijab. She promised me that she would take care of it. She fulfilled that promise. She's made another promise to me that she will take care of this, and I believe her."
Omar pressed on to call House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., a "liar and a coward" during the CNN interview for his defense of Boebert. McCarthy had said that Boebert had "apologized publicly" and "apologized personally."
"Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments," Omar said. "She instead doubled down on her rhetoric and I decided to end the unproductive call."
During Thanksgiving break, last month, a clip of Boebert telling supporters in Colorado about a recent encounter in an elevator with Omar emerged to the internet, where she delivered insulting comments about Omar's religion.
"I look to my left and there she is: Ilhan Omar. And I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine,’" Boebert said. "I looked over and I said, ‘Oh look, the jihad squad decided to show up for work today.'"
Omar shot back on Boebert's account of the meeting, tweeting, "Fact, this buffoon looks down when she sees me at the Capitol, this whole story is made up." She continued, "Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout."
Omar's fellow "Squad" member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., grilled Democratic leadership in the House a few days ago for not immediately stripping Boebert of her committee assignments.
"It’s embarrassing that there is any hesitation on this. How can we have different consequences for different kinds of bigotry or incitement?" Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "This should be treated equally and consistently. Incite against a member and you’re stripped. End of story. She refuses to even apologize."