Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., called House Republicans the ”Ku Klux Klan caucus” after fellow progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., went public Tuesday with a graphic death threat left anonymously on her voicemail.
”People truly don’t understand the scale, intensity, and volume of threats targeting Ilhan Omar,” Ocasio-Cortez posted to Twitter on Wednesday. ”[House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy is so desperate to be speaker that he is working with his Ku Klux Klan caucus to look aside and allow violent targeting of women of color members of Congress. This cannot be ignored.”
The tweet included a link of Omar publicly announcing the profanity-laden threat and playing it at a press conference Tuesday.
A voice is heard calling Omar a Muslim ”jihadist” and a traitor who should be tried in front of a military tribunal.
The voice said there are ”plenty” of people who would like to see Omar ”removed” from the Earth.
Omar said she received the threat after her recent dust-up with Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., over a joke Boebert told in a public forum in her home state that insinuated one of her staffers was acting concerned when he saw Omar, a Muslim, getting into an elevator, according to an article in Forbes.
”She doesn’t have a backpack, she wasn’t dropping it or running, so we’re good,” Boebert reportedly said.
After Omar publicly chided Boebert for the remark, the two were on a call for Boebert to apologize for offending Omar, but the call did not go well, Forbes reported. Continue reading at Newsmax.