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► As The Washington Post reports, some Congressional Democrats are pushing for action to be taken against Rep. Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert for her anti-Muslim comments in recent weeks:
Five House Democratic caucus chairs, along with 36 other members of the Progressive Caucus, are calling for Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) to be stripped of her committee assignments, citing her repeated “anti-Muslim” attacks against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
“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 Democratic chairs wrote in a letter, alluding to threats Omar has received after the attacks by Boebert.
“There must be consequences when Members of Congress demonize an entire religion and promote hate from their positions of public trust,” they wrote.
The letter — signed by Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Chair David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) — also criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), saying he has not properly disciplined Boebert for her attacks.
Congressional Republican leaders, meanwhile, are much more concerned about internal caucus relationships than racist comments from members. From a separate story in The Washington Post:
House Republicans have decried the public feuding this week among a small group of GOP lawmakers as detrimental to the party’s ability to win back the House in the 2022 midterm elections because it distracts from their attacks on Democrats’ agenda.
But little has been said publicly by party leaders or rank-and-file members about whether they find the source of this feuding problematic: Islamophobic attacks by some Republicans against a Democratic congresswoman who is Muslim.
The party’s focus on the political ramifications of the infighting rather than the substance of the disagreement has led civil rights groups and Democrats to charge that Republicans are embracing, or at least enabling, bigotry.
“The GOP has made it very clear that they are not condemning this bigotry, this violent rhetoric, and in fact they are allowing this to become the political foundation to raise more money and to get more clout — and if there is any remaining traditional moral leadership within the GOP, I’m asking where it is,” said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
As The Denver Post reports, some Republican supporters of Boebert are falling back on the trope that “there’s no such thing as bad publicity.”
► Meanwhile, Boebert is facing a different problem that has serious legal implications. As Ernest Luning reports for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman:
A comedy writer and documentary filmmaker is asking federal and state authorities to investigate U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, accusing the Silt Republican of abusing her position to squelch a political critic.
In letters delivered in late October to the acting U.S. attorney for Colorado and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, Toby Morton, a Tulsa, Oklahoma, resident, said he wants them to determine whether Boebert improperly used a congressional staffer and the assistance of law enforcement officials in an attempt to shut down a satirical website he maintains and discourage him from producing a film about the freshman lawmaker…
…Morton’s complaints focus on what he described as a threatening email allegedly sent to him in May by Boebert’s press secretary and an encounter in July between Boebert and Morton’s cameraman outside Shooters Grill, the restaurant she owns in Rifle, that culminated in a social media account linked to Boebert posting an image of the cameraman’s license plate and name.
A Boebert spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Richard Painter, the chief White House ethics lawyer under former President George W. Bush and one of Morton’s lawyers, told Colorado Politics that he was alarmed by Morton’s allegations suggesting potential abuse of police power.
► The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Colorado. As Colorado Public Radio notes, experts still aren’t clear on risks of Omicron compared to other variants.
► Republican Matt Knoedler, a former Colorado lawmaker, discussed the nonsense idea that Democrats are “rigging” elections with John Eastman, the former visiting professor at CU who advised former President Trump on legal strategies for stealing the 2020 election.
Eastman, meanwhile, has asserted his right to avoid self-incrimination by invoking the Fifth Amendment in response to a Congressional subpoena.
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