Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) on Wednesday criticized parliamentary minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R) for tolerating bigotry by members of his caucus against Democratic women of color.
“Kevin McCarthy is so desperate to be a speaker that he is working with his Ku Klux Klan caucus to look aside and allow violent targeting of the woc [women of color] members of Congress, ”Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
She linked to a video of Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Broadcasting a recording of a death threat she received this week following Islamophobic attacks by extremist Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Colo. ).
Ocasio-Cortez said people did not understand the scale, intensity and volume of threats targeting Omar, adding that “it cannot be ignored.”
“The GOP has the freedom to incite without consequence,” wrote the New York lawmaker. “They don’t have to pay for the required security of their actions, we do. They make money with it.
Just before Thanksgiving, Boebert joked with Colorado supporters that Omar was a terrorist weeks after he described the Muslim lawmaker in the House as a member of the ‘jihad squad’, an Islamophobic reference to the ‘squad’ , a group of progressive Democratic lawmakers. of color.
And in September, Boebert suggested that Omar was a suicide bomber at another event, saying, “She doesn’t have a backpack, she wasn’t dropping it and running, so that’s fine.”
McCarthy has ignored calls to condemn or hold Boebert to account for his hate speech. He has repeatedly avoided denouncing even the most extremist members of his party.
Ocasio-Cortez was also targeted by a far-right Republican last month when Representative Paul Gosar (R-Arizona), a lawmaker who has been repeatedly linked to white nationalists, posted an anti-animated video. -immigration edited to represent him killing her. .
He was censored by the House for it, but only two Republicans – Representatives Liz Cheney (Wyo.) And Adam Kinzinger (Illinois) – supported the measure.
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