Far-left progressive “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is a darling of the left-leaning media, but her time basking in the political limelight may be drawing short.
Cicely Davis, a Black Republican challenger, has emerged with a promise to put a stop to the “radical transformation of America” that she believes will result from the leftist policies espoused by Omar, Breitbart reported.
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News Saturday on Sirius XM, Davis keyed in on the recent overwhelming defeat of an Omar-backed referendum that would have defunded and abolished the Minneapolis Police Department, and replaced it with a “public safety commission.”
“There was an assumption that because [Omar] backed it, and because [Attorney General] Keith Ellison backed it and promoted it, that it would go through. And so I think there was a complacency there, but the people stood up,” Davis said. “Just to remind the people, my district is 63% liberal, and so this is the significance of them voting against, at 57% of the voters, voted against saying they wanted more police presence, not less.”
“And so the reality is, is that progressives have been using this public safety reform as a Trojan horse for the radical transformation of America and the Minneapolis people stood up and said, ‘no’, and that to me is absolutely shocking,” she added.
Major police endorsement
In an interview with Fox Business immediately following the early November elections, Davis had said of that police defunding measure’s defeat, “Fifty-seven percent of citizens made it very clear that they do not want to defund the police, they want more police presence, not less. And that tells me in a D +29 district that demographics do not determine destiny.”
“And so I am leading a movement here, and the people very much made it very clear that they want more police presence, not less. And their voices have been heard, and common sense reigned on Tuesday night,” she continued.
Davis added that her “movement” was centered on “kitchen table issues, it’s police reform, it is public safety, it’s education, it’s revitalization of Minneapolis, and it is about what’s in your paycheck. You know what it’s about — how you’re paying your bills and if you have enough money to do so.”
At the same time as the Fox interview, Davis also revealed that her candidacy had received an important endorsement from the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA), the state’s largest association representing more than 10,000 law enforcement and public safety officials in Minnesota.
In the Breitbart interview, Davis acknowledged that she would need to “ride this wave” of pushback against leftist anti-police attitudes in order to prevail in the heavily Democratic district, as well as be able to appeal to the “common sense” of liberals facing those “kitchen table issues” that transcend partisan politics.
Part of her plan involves creating a psychological “permission structure” in her conversations with liberal voters, which includes building “a relationship, rapport, and trust” with them, that will help convince those voters to give themselves “permission” to vote for a Republican when they’ve always previously voted for Democrats.
“We need someone who can come in and kind of calm things down and be a real champion for this district,” Davis concluded. “But leave people to where, you know, there’s common sense and there is a way that we can work together, stand shoulder to shoulder, and really represent and change the narrative for Minnesota.”