Muslim Republican launches GOP Challenge to Ilhan Omar: 'She Needs To Be Stopped'
Dalia al-Aqidi looks to take Omar's seat and 'beat her at her own game'
Muslim Iraqi refugee, Dalia al-Aqidi, is launching her campaign to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., after saying she was tired of hearing the congresswoman play "identity politics" while using language she believes is "dividing" America.
Al-Aqidi joins a growing field of Republicans looking to take on Omar.
"She needs to be stopped," al-Aqidi told Fox News.
"I truly believe that I'm strong enough to beat her at her own game."
Al-Aqidi explained that Omar would be limited in using her background as a Muslim woman who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia to distinguish them in the race.
She also criticized the use of identity politics on the campaign trail.
"Muslims, Christians, Jews are all Americans," she said while going on to blast Omar's past' anti-Semitic' comments.
"Every time she opens her mouth, she says something either anti-U.S. or anti-Semitic," al-Aqidi said.
Last year, President Donald Trump called on Omar to resign after an anti-Jewish tirade that has been widely regarded as anti-Semitic.
“I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” Trump said of the freshman lawmaker.
Al-Aqidi accused Omar of only being interested in raising her own political profile rather than helping her constituents.
"I am loyal to the country that gave me a chance, gave me a brighter future," she said, claiming that Omar "continually tries to weaken the country and divide us."
Al-Aqidi has experience as a journalist, including as a White House correspondent for Alhurra, a U.S.-based Arabic channel that airs in the Middle East.
She adds that the one thing she has learned is that regularly attacking your opponents is not an effective strategy in politics.
“Conflict resolution is an art. You cannot do anything without a conversation. You talk to the other side and try to figure out something that will be acceptable," she said.
"Trashing the other side will get you nowhere."
"I'm ready to fight, and I believe that I could win," she said.
Last year, Omar's pro-Trump Republican 2020 challenger was suspended from Twitter after calling for her rival to be "hanged" for "treason."
31-year-old GOP congressional candidate Danielle Stella hoped to unseat Minnesota Rep. Omar in next year's elections and describes herself online as a mother and a special education teacher.