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Politics Ilhan Omar’s GOP challenger tweets ‘I am an American’ after Omar describes herself 6 other ways

11:15  26 february  2020
11:15  26 february  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (born October 4, 1982) is an American politician serving as the U. S . Representative for Minnesota' s 5th congressional district since 2019.

Ms Omar is a US citizen who emigrated from Somalia with her family after fleeing the country' s civil war. The chants, which came after Mr Trump criticised Ms Omar and three other congresswomen, were widely condemned, including by some Republicans. " I was not happy with it.

One of at least eight candidates aiming to unseat U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., gave a brief reply this week after Omar posted six ways that she identifies herself.

“I am an American,” wrote Republican Dalia al-Aqidi, a former Iraqi refugee who hopes to replace Omar in representing Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.

“That’s why I’m running for Congress,” al-Aqidi added.

The response came shortly after Omar’s Twitter message late Sunday, in which the freshman congresswoman listed ways that she describes herself.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar , the freshman Democrat from Minnesota, publicly apologized Monday after she faced backlash for tweets condemned by both sides of the aisle as anti-Semitic.

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“I am, Hijabi, Muslim, Black, Foreign born, Refugee, Somali,” Omar wrote.

Then, appearing to provoke her critics, Omar added, “Easily triggering conservatives, Right wing bloggers, anti Muslim bigots, tinfoil conspiracy theorists, birthers, pay me a [dollar] to bash Muslims fraudsters, pro-occupation groups and every single xenophobe since 2016.”

Omar ended the post with a laughing-face emoji and a GIF showing her addressing an audience, saying “Hello Hello!”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, also blasted the Omar post, writing, "in today's Leftist world of intersectionality, 'American' is deemed embarrassing & gauche."

During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” in January, al-Aqidi, a journalist, spoke out against what she described as “hateful rhetoric” coming from Omar since she took office.

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Ilhan Omar , who on Election Night became with first elected Somali- American lawmaker in the nation.Rep. Omar asked Judge Davis for “compassion” I had written a response here, but I am just exhausted by the cynical dishonesty and false outrage and am withdrawing from this discussion and

Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday defended Rep. Ilhan Omar against the backlash to her comments slamming pro-Israel groups and politicians, which have been called anti-Semitic.

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“As an American citizen, my duty is to defend my country and my duty is to stand up to her hatred and racism that she's spreading within her community, within the country, and even worldwide,” al-Aqidi said. “Ilhan Omar is harming every American with her hatred, her standing against what we believe in, [and] against our own Constitution.”

Like Omar, al-Aqidi came to the U.S. with her family to flee a nation ravaged by war. But unlike Omar, al-Aqidi said she has stopped considering herself a refugee.

“I came to the U.S. more than 25 years ago. So, basically, I'm not a refugee anymore. I'm not an Iraqi anymore. I'm an American. Period,” she said on “Fox & Friends.”

Omar’s comments about Israel have frequently drawn accusations that she is anti-Semitic. But the congresswoman has insisted she opposes all forms of bigotry.

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Like al-Aqidi, many commenters on social media this week were quick to notice that Omar had opted not to describe herself as an American.

“Hmm. I don’t see that you identify as a US citizen???” one commenter wrote. “You should not be in Congress!”

“Not surprising that you didn’t identify at all as American,” another wrote. “I have no problems with any of the above except that. You were elected by Americans to serve Americans. Thank goodness you don’t purport to represent me.”

“She leaves out American,” another Twitter user wrote. “Doesn’t even occur to her.”

Others offered other suggestions that Omar could add to her description list.

“And a one and done congressperson,” one commenter wrote.

Still others reacted by saying Omar’s attention seems directed away from her Minnesota constituents.

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“That’s a lot about you,” one person wrote. “Can we talk about our state of Minnesota now and what we are working on here? I really tire of how much you focus on… well, you.”

According to the election website Ballotpedia, at least three Democrats will challenge Omar in the party’s primary election Aug. 11. They are community organizer John Mason, lawyer Antone Melton-Meaux and community clinic founder Leila Shukri Adan.

At least five Republicans are vying for Omar’s House seat as well. They are al-Aqidi and technology professional Lacy Johnson, special education professional Danielle Stella, minister Lucia Vogel, activist Alley Waterbury and former sales manager Brent Whaley.

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