By Grace Panetta Insider
House GOP members descended into an intraparty Twitter quarrel on Tuesday morning, which was sparked by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene denouncing her colleague Rep. Nancy Mace as “the trash in the GOP conference” and pushing Islamophobic stereotypes by accusing the South Carolina lawmaker of being “gal pals” with the “Jihad Squad.”
At the heart of this digital fight were Islamophobic comments GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert recently made about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar. Boebert called Omar, who is Muslim, part of a “Jihad Squad” and said a Capitol Police officer had “fret all over his face” when he stepped into an elevator with Boebert and Omar.
Boebert said she told the officer, “Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine.” The comment implied Omar could be a terrorist.
Mace rebuked Boebert for her comments in a Monday appearance on “CNN Newsroom.”
“I have time after time condemned my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for racist tropes and remarks that I find disgusting and this is no different than any other,” Mace told CNN, adding: “We all have a responsibility … to lower the temperature, and this does not do that.”
Greene lashed out at Mace on Tuesday, writing on Twitter: “@NancyMace is the trash in the GOP Conference. Never attacked by Democrats or RINO’s (same thing) because she is not conservative, she’s pro-abort.
“Mace you can back up off of @laurenboebert or just go hang with your real gal pals, the Jihad Squad. Your out of your league.”
The “Jihad Squad” is an Islamophobic insult referring to Omar and her progressive allies.