Lauren Boebert's 'backpack joke' about meeting Ilhan Omar - but Muslim ...

Lauren Boebert's 'backpack joke' about meeting Ilhan Omar - but Muslim ...
Lauren Boebert's 'backpack joke' about meeting Ilhan Omar - but Muslim ...

Colorado congresswoman Lauren Boebert sparked fury on Thursday when video emerged of her telling an Islamophobic joke to a crowd of supporters - recounting a supposed encounter which was quickly confirmed as a lie.

Boebert, a 34-year-old gun rights activist and fervent Trump supporter, was speaking during what the website Patriot Takes said was a Thanksgiving gathering.

Commanding the stage like a stand-up comedienne, she told the crowd: 'Actually I have an Ilhan story for you.'

She began to describe an encounter with Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota congresswoman who - along with Rashida Tlaib - is the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. 

Lauren Boebert, the Colorado congresswoman, was at an event where she told a story about Ilhan Omar, representative for Minnesota

Lauren Boebert, the Colorado congresswoman, was at an event where she told a story about Ilhan Omar, representative for Minnesota

With the Stars and Stripes hanging behind her, Boebert tells her 'joke'

With the Stars and Stripes hanging behind her, Boebert tells her 'joke'

'So the other night was not my first 'jihad squad' moment,' said Boebert.

'I was getting into an elevator with one of my staffers. And he and I were leaving the Capitol, we're going back to my office, we get in the elevator, and I see a Capitol Police officer running, hurriedly, to the elevator.

'I see threat all over his face, and he's reaching. The door's shutting, and I can't open it.

'I look to my left, and there she is. Ilhan Omar.

'And I say well, she doesn't have a backpack, we should be fine.'

The crowd reacted with a mixture of shocked gasps and muffled

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