Far-left Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) may have won her primary, but she still doesn’t have the support of one of Minneapolis’s top Democrats – Mayor Jacob Frey (D).
The Washington Examiner reports that Frey recently participated in an interview in which he rebuked Omar for a number of things, including her inability to work with others, her self-centered approach, and more.
The Democrat primary for Minnesota’s fifth congressional district took place on Tuesday.
The race was between the far-left Omar and Dan Samuels, who is considered to be more of a centrist Democrat. Samuels, for example, campaigned against Omar’s support for defunding the Minneapolis Police Department. Frey, it ought to be noted, backed Samuels in the race.
On Tuesday, Omar just barely managed to fend off Samuels’s challenge. The congresswoman won by a margin of two percentage points – 50% to 48% – which, in terms of votes, is less than 3,000.
This was a huge contrast to Omar’s 2018 and 2020 primaries. In 2018, for example, Omar won by over 14,000 votes, and, in 2020, her margin of victory was over 35,000 votes. It is for this reason that commentators are arguing that Omar’s popularity is seriously waning.
In November, Omar will face off against Republican Cicely Davis.
Frey participated in the aforementioned interview, with a local television outlet, just after Omar’s primary victory. The mayor really let the congresswoman have it.
Frey, regarding Omar’s narrow victory, said, “that should send a message to any elected official, that they have to work with a broad set of their constituency – they have to work with everyone.”
Frey then blasted Omar for “sending out vitriolic tweets and being mean-spirited,” saying:
Most importantly, it’s not just about sending out vitriolic tweets and being mean-spirited. It’s about working together. It’s about partnering on some of the most controversial issues that we have – that’s why I support Don, and, at the same time, I’m hopeful that congresswoman Omar will – nobody’s asking anybody to shift their beliefs or shift what they believe in, but shift, at least, to be able to work with other people around top issues as opposed to just making it about yourself.
Frey went on to slam Omar for wanting to defund the police, for not having an urgency to work on key issues – such as public safety – and more.
Frey ended with a piece of wishful thinking, expressing optimism that Omar will change her ways after her narrow election win.