Far-left Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is easily one of the most controversial Democrats in Congress, but her tenure in Congress may be short-lived.
Another challenger has stepped forward and announced her bid to unseat Omar in November — and the outspoken Democrat won’t be able to play the identity politics victim to fend off this particular challenger.
Omar “needs to be stopped”
The latest individual to announce their intention to replace Rep. Omar in Congress is journalist Dalia al-Aqidi, a former refugee from Iraq who is a Republican and supports President Donald Trump. Al-Aqidi and her family fled Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and became U.S. citizens in the 1990s, according to the New York Post.
She shared her campaign announcement video on Twitter on Thursday. Watch:
It’s time to defend America! I’m running for Congress because we’re not as divided as Ilhan Omar and the far-left would have us believe. I’m running to bring us closer together. https://t.co/sa9dsHHTeO
— Dalia al-Aqidi (@Dalia4Congress) January 16, 2020
In a recent interview with Fox News, al-Aqidi said, “[Omar] needs to be stopped,” and added, “I truly believe that I’m strong enough to beat her at her own game.”
Omar often resorts to identity politics when challenged, citing her minority status to counter critics, but that won’t work this time: al-Aqidi can check off many of the same boxes. Both are female, Muslim, and came to America as refugees — al-Aqidi from Iraq and Omar from Somalia.
Having “basically the same” circumstantial background is likely where the similarities end, though, as al-Aqidi has expressed her desire to bring more people together instead of working at further “dividing” America, as she has accused Omar of doing.
Positive, pro-U.S. views versus negative anti-Americanism
“Muslims, Christians, Jews are all Americans,” al-Aqidi said, in reference to Omar’s history of divisive language. “Every time [Omar] opens her mouth she says something either anti-U.S. or anti-Semitic.”
“I am loyal to the country that gave me a chance, gave me a brighter future,” al-Aqidi said, which stands in stark contrast to how Omar “continually tries to weaken the country and divide us.”
“Trashing the other side will get you nowhere,” she said, and vowed to try to resolve conflicts with the opposing party in order to get things accomplished. Her priorities include bolstering national security in America and abroad, improving education, and supporting the booming economy — an area where President Trump is “doing great.”
“I’m ready to fight and I believe that I could win,” she said of her challenge against Omar.
Omar faces multiple challengers
Al-Aqidi will first have to get past a number of other Republican candidates — at least five others so far — who’ve already announced similar intent. It should also be noted that the possibility exists that none of the Republicans will face off against Omar in November, as the congresswoman is also facing a primary challenge from at least two Democrats.
It will be very interesting to see how things play out if al-Aqidi and Omar do face off in the 2020 election, and how Omar would respond with her typical trifecta of victim cards — female, Muslim, refugee — being effectively neutralized.