Boebert lets loose on ‘jihad squad member’ Omar on House floor, hits on illegal marriage to brother claim

Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert let loose on a gaggle of Democrats during a floor speech in which she defended a GOP colleague, Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, ahead of a vote to censure him over an anime he posted to his Twitter feed.

“Democrat policies are so pathetic and have done so poorly that the left has nothing else to do but troll the Internet looking for ways to get offended,” she began, “and then try to target members and strip them of their committees. This is a dumb waste of the House’s time.”

Members were debating an anime posted to Gosar’s Twitter feed Democrats say promoted violence against President Joe Biden and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

“But since the Speaker has designated the floor to discuss members’ inappropriate actions, shall we?” Boebert continued.

“The jihad-squad member from Minnesota has paid her husband, and not her brother husband, the other one, over a million dollars in campaign funds,” she said, a reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who has been accused of marrying her brother to defraud the U.S. government of education funds. “This member is allowed on the Foreign Affairs Committee while praising terrorists.”

“A Democrat chairwoman incited violence in the streets outside a courthouse,” Boebert continued, likely a reference to Rep. Maxine Waters, who traveled to Minneapolis ahead of a jury verdict in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer now convicted of killing George Floyd.

“And now, the cherry on top. My colleague and three-month presidential candidate from California, who is on the Intelligence Committee, slept with Fang Fang, a Chinese spy,” Boebert said of Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). “Let me say that again. A member of Congress who receives classified briefings was sleeping with the enemy.”

“This is unacceptable!” Boebert hollered as her time expired.

After deliberations and debate, the House voted 223-207 to censure Gosar and remove him from his committee assignments. Two Republicans — Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois — voted with Democrats.

Swalwell’s links to suspected Chinese spy Christine Fang, who was also known as “Fang Fang,” were first unearthed by Axios in December. The findings and allegations prompted Republican members to draft a resolution demanding that Swalwell be removed from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, but Pelosi tabled the resolution.

The Axios report said that Fang was targeting what she and her handlers believed were up-and-coming American politicians including Swalwell. Federal agents alerted the California Democrat to her behaviors in 2015; he then cut ties with her and has never been accused of any wrongdoing.

As for Omar, Boebert was likely citing previous reports indicating that Omar’s campaign dished out some $2.8 million to her husband’s political consultancy firm during the 2019-2020 election cycle.

Gosar is the second Republican stripped of his committee assignments by Democrats this year. In February, Democrats voted to kick Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off of her committee assignments over previous tweets indicating support for various political conspiracies.

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