House debate over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s proposal to establish an anti-Muslim bias office within the State Department was derailed on Tuesday night when GOP Rep. Scott Perry called Omar anti-Semitic.
He also implied she had ties to a terrorist organization just weeks after GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert joked Omar was a suicide bomber.
Audible gasps could be heard from Democrats in the chamber after Perry stunningly claimed the Democrat-backed bill was written to silence ‘critiques of terrorism.’
The hour-long debate was paused after House Democrats lodged a formal objection and asked Perry’s comments to be stricken from the record.
Perry derided the ‘lack of definition’ of Islamophobia in the bill’s text and said it was purposely vague because ‘you’re either going to be persecuted or you’re not depending on who you vote for.’
He dismissed the legislation as ‘attempts to placate an anti-Semitic member of this chamber,’ referring to Omar.