Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) had a particularly vicious insult for his colleague Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) on Friday, calling her “trash” for portraying Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) as a terrorist.
“Lauren Boebert is TRASH,” Kinzinger said simply in a tweet. That led Boebert’s sole Republican challenger in next summer’s primary, Marina Zimmerman, to retweet the comment, adding: “Help me take out the trash.”
— Marina Zimmerman for Congress (@Marina4Colorado) November 26, 2021
The putdown was triggered after Boebert spoke to constituents in Colorado earlier this week and shared an appalling anti-Muslim story involving Omar.
Boebert claimed she had just stepped into an elevator with Omar at the U.S. Capitol recently when a concerned police officer rushed over before the doors closed.
“I look to my left and there she is, Ilhan Omar,” Boebert said in a video clip of her tale. “I say, well, she doesn’t have a backpack, we should be fine.”
She also claimed she glanced at the Democratic lawmaker and said: “Oh, look, the jihad squad decided to show up for work today.”
The problem is, Omar said none of that happened.
“Fact, this buffoon looks down when she sees me at the Capitol, this whole story is made up,” Omar tweeted. “Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout.”
Fact, this buffoon looks down when she sees me at the Capitol, this whole story is made up. Sad she thinks bigotry gets her clout.
Anti-Muslim bigotry isn’t funny & shouldn’t be normalized. Congress can’t be a place where hateful and dangerous Muslims tropes get no condemnation. https://t.co/S1APT7RbqW
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 26, 2021
Boebert tweeted an apology Friday to “anyone in the Muslim community I offended” and called the fury over her tale an “unnecessary distraction.”
People were still loving Kinzinger’s “trash” tweet, though — and Zimmerman’s comment.
Not quite true. Trash at least can be usefully recycled.
— Janice Hough (@leftcoastbabe) November 26, 2021
On behalf of Trash everywhere,..you take that back!
— CJ Palmstrike (@CJPalmstrike) November 26, 2021
you'd think she'd stay under the radar, considering she's paid very well for a job she's severely underqualified for 🤔
— Rob Bulai 🇨🇦 (@RBulai) November 26, 2021
Boebert is the voice of the GOP. Their silence condones her.
— LinHoHi1 (@LinHoHi1) November 26, 2021
And we take out the trash by voting. One person, one vote. What say you @RepKinzinger
— Vote Blue. Asylum is legal. Thankfully Pfizered x3 (@KateisBlu) November 26, 2021
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.