Ilhan Omar claims 'Islamophobia' behind attempt to get her off Foreign Relations Committee

By Jen Krausz on
 January 30, 2023

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) claimed on Sunday that House Republicans who want to remove her from the Foreign Relations Committee are Islamophobic and want to deny Muslims a voice, even though the real reason is her anti-Semitic comments.

Omar spoke on CNN's State of the Union along with Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, both (D-CA), who were removed from the House Intelligence Committee because of their own indiscretions.

"It is politically motivated, and in some cases motivated by the fact that many of these members don't believe a Muslim refugee, an African, should even be in Congress, let alone have the opportunity to serve on the Foreign Affairs Committee," she said.

Host Dana Bash responded by asking whether she was "accusing Kevin McCarthy of racism."

"I mean, I'm not making any accusations," Omar responded. "I'm just laying out the facts. You remember Donald Trump coming into my state and saying Muslims, Somali refugees are infiltrating our country. You remember Marjorie Taylor Greene coming to Congress after Rashida [Tlaib] and I got sworn in and saying Muslims are infiltrating Congress. You remember [Lauren] Boebert saying that I was a terrorist. What did McCarthy do? He said, ‘she apologized, and we don't have to worry about her Islamophobia.’"

Omar's removal can only be accomplished with a full House vote, and McCarthy may not have the votes to do it.