More than 400 congressional staff are calling on House leaders to “categorically reject the incendiary rhetoric” in the workplace following the recent ant-Muslim remarks by Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., about Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. “As passionate public servants, we each have chosen to pursue a career in public service to work towards a better future for our country,” the aides wrote in an open letter to the chamber's leadership. “However, the recent remarks by Rep. Boebert have heightened the climate of Islamophobia on the Hill, creating a feeling of anxiety and fear for many Muslim staff, our families, and communities, and leaving many of us to look to our congressional leaders for support.” NBC News obtained a copy of the letter on Tuesday, which was signed by more than 50 Muslim aides and is being released Wednesday. Boebert, who is known for her incendiary rhetoric, suggested in a video that surfaced online last month that Omar, who is Muslim and wears a hijab, was mistaken for a terrorist in an elevator both were riding in at the U.S. Capitol. Omar immediately criticized the video as "bigotry" and said the event Boebert described never occurred. The Colorado Republican apologiz . . . read the full article here.
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FAC: the U.S. Capitol
DATE: Jan. 6, Tuesday, Wednesday, last month, the next day
NORP: Muslim, Democratic, Republican, ant-Muslim, Republicans
CARDINAL: one, two, more than 50, More than 400