WASHINGTON — House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has vowed to bar Democrats Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell and Ilhan Omar is no longer a member of House committees.

McCarthy was threatened by the threat repeated this weekThe, was in response to Democrats for removing Reps. Paul Gosar (Arizona) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Georgia) from their committee assignments by 2021 because of highly inflammatory comments, including Omar.

The putative reasons for Omar’s prospective committee ban are a little more hazy. Somalian Refugee, Omar is the first African-born member to the Foreign Affairs Committee. CommitteeOmar is frequently targeted by members of the GOP.

Republicans have often claimed Omar, who has represented Minnesota’s 5th
District, since 2019, has been an antisemite. But Omar said she believes McCarthy wants her off committees because she’s Muslim.

“I do not actually think that he has a reason outside of me being Muslim and thinking I should not be,” Omar shared his story with The Sunday Review. “If you look at the comments from Republicans, it’s precisely for only that reason.”

Omar and his supporters have been targeted by Republicans for many years. conspiracy theories While being positive about her, she brushed aside the egregious comments and behaviors of other members of their party like when Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo. Omar was repeatedly called a terrorist Who might demolish the Capitol?

Steve Scalise, the House Majority leader (Republican-La.). According to Steve Scalise, the Republican House Majority Leader (R-La.), Tuesday’s statement stated that Republicans might consider eliminating members from certain committees since Democrats did it.

“The Democrats set a precedent that we urged them strongly not to go down last Congress,” Scalise said. “They decided they would break the precedent that had been in place for over 200 years and remove members of the opposing party that our party selected to be on committees, so that was a practice they set.”

Scalise, however, declined to comment on whether any Democrats could be kicked because neither party had yet appointed committee members. Rep. Pete Aguilar, a California member of Democratic Leadership, stated Tuesday that Democrats are working on committee assignments and declined to be seated. “hypothetical” Question about what would happen to McCarthy if he blocked his members.

Kevin McCarthy, House Speaker, has made a vow to expel Rep. Ilhan Omar (center) taken from House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Republicans Gosar, Greene were these committee assignments from the previous Congress. Gosar in 2021 You posted this video to social media While depicting violence against President Joe Biden, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(D-N.Y.), Greene repeatedly posts racist conspiracy theories about racism and advocates for executions of the top. Democrats, including Omar.

McCarthy said last year that he would allow Greene and Gosar to return to their committees when Republicans regained control of the House — a statement made the same week the pair participated in an actual white nationalist conference.

McCarthy can block Swalwell (both Californian) and Schiff from going back to the House Intelligence. Committee because it’s a “select” Committee over which the speaker holds more power than regular standing committees. Republicans have criticised Schiff for exaggerating what was actually happening. bogus information A discredit spy dossier about Donald Trump Swalwell contacts with an alleged Chinese spy Swalwell, who attempted to support his political career between 2011 and 2015, was not charged with any wrongdoing.

However, Omar should be removed from House Foreign Affairs CommitteeIf Democrats were to back her, this would probably require the support of the majority vote in the House.

Omar was accused of antisemitism after her highly inflamatory criticisms of Israel’s government. 2019: The congresswoman apologized for her “it’s all about the Benjamins” tweet — which she said was meant to criticize pro-Israel lobbying groups. The House Republicans have acted quickly since then. began calling Omar will be removed McCarthy’s vow to Foreign Affairs in November that he’d uphold.

“I promised you last year that as speaker she would no longer be on Foreign Affairs, and I’m keeping that promise,” McCarthy spoke to the Republican Jewish Coalition.

Numerous progressive Jewish organizations exist published their own letter a few weeks later opposing McCarthy’s vow, writing that the groups “categorically reject the suggestion that any of her policy positions or statements merit disqualification from her role on the committee.”

“As crude and as cynical as it is for the nativist factions in our government, targeting Muslims is reliably good politics,” Sumayyah Waheed (senior policy counsel, Muslim Advocates), a Washington-based national civil rights group, said:

“By stripping Rep. Omar of her committees, McCarthy kills two birds with one stone: He attempts to silence an effective, principled voice on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and he stokes the ugly culture of anti-Muslim hate for cheap political points,” Elle added.

Omar is the only Muslim woman elected to Congress. She has suffered a string of Islamophobic attacks from Republicans and was threatened with her death. A poster featuring Omar and the September 11 attacks appeared in March 2019. posted at an event The Republican Party of West Virginia sponsored the sponsorship In July 2016, then-president Donald Trump stated that the four women of color who were elected to Congress as progressives in the Republican Party of West Virginia had been named the “Squad,” including Omar, should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”

“To date, the Republican Party leadership has done nothing to condemn and hold their own members accountable for repeated instances of anti-Muslim hate and harassment,” Omar said in November 2021 After Boebert did not apologize to Congresswoman, She was believed to be a terrorist.

“This is not about one hateful statement or one politician; it is about a party that has mainstreamed bigotry and hatred. It is time for Republican Leader McCarthy to actually hold his party accountable.”