- Donald Trump has backed controversial Colorado lawmaker Lauren Boebert for re-election.
- Trump’s approval comes less than 24 hours after Parliament passed a bill to combat Islamophobia.
- The bill was a tacit reprimand of Boebert’s Islamophobic comments, in which she insinuated that Rep. Ilhan Omar is a terrorist.
Former President Donald Trump has given a luminous endorsement to controversial Colorado congresswoman Lauren Boebert.
Trumps Boebert’s approval was announced on Twitter via her spokeswoman Liz Harrington.
“Congresswoman Lauren Boebert has done an amazing job in her first term as a representative of Colorado’s Third District. She is a fearless leader, a defender of America First Agenda and a fighter against Loser RINOs and Radical Democrats,” Trump wrote in his endorsement.
“She will continue to be tough on crime, strong on borders and always protect our underprivileged Second Amendment. Lauren has my full and total support for her re-election!” added Trump.
Boebert responded to Trump’s support, tweeting: “I am more than humbled and honored to receive the support of President Donald J. Trump! I will ALWAYS stand by the America First agenda and President Trump! Join our campaign today by depositing $ 20.22.”
Trump’s approval of Boebert for the upcoming midterm elections came the day after the House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill to combat Islamophobia. The “Combating International Islamophobia Act,” which was passed Tuesday, was an implicit reprimand by Boebert for Islamophobic comments she made about the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Ilhan Omar.
In November, a video of Boebert went with Islamophobic comments about Omar went viral. In the video, Boebert described running into Omar in an elevator, referring to her as part of a “Jihad Squad,” and insinuating that Omar is a terrorist.
Omar denied the elevator incident ever happened and called Boebert a “puffon” and said the far-right congresswoman from Colorado “looks down when she sees me at the Capitol.”
“This whole story is fabricated. Sad that she thinks bigotry gets her influence,” Omar continued. “Anti-Muslim bigotry is not fun and should not be normalized. Congress can not be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslim troops get no condemnation.”
Boebert later apologized Twitter, says: “I apologize to everyone in the Muslim community I insulted with my comment about Rep. Omar,” she wrote. “I have approached her office to speak to her directly.”
However, Omar later said her phone call with Boebert had been “unproductive” and that Boebert had “doubled her rhetoric.”
The controversy swirling around Boebert led the President of the Democratic Caucus and progressive members of the Democratic House to urge Boebert to see the consequences of his anti-Muslim rhetoric and be deprived of his committee duties. However, the House’s minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, has signaled that the Republicans in the House of Representatives would not take action against Boebert.
Trump, for his part, has also spread baseless conspiracy theories that Omar married his brother and left Somalia when she fled as a child.
Omar has called the rumors “absurd and offensive” and released a lengthy statement and timeline of her 2016 marriage history.
Boebert is currently facing Republican Marina Zimmerman in the primary election for his seat. Carpenter tweeted in November that she would “take the garbage out” when she urged voters to support her over Boebert. Zimmerman describes himself on his campaign website as a “hard-working, get it done conservative,” appealing to voters who want to “restore sensibility, courtesy and ethics in Congress.”