Ilhan Omar Declares She's a 'Foreign-Born Refugee,' GOP Rival Replies: 'I'm American'
Dalia al-Aqidi gives simple but powerful reply to congresswoman
U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar's GOP challenger, Dalia al-Aqidi, gave a simple but powerful reply to the congresswoman's tweet where she described herself as "Hijabi, Muslim, Black, Foreign-born, Refugee, Somali."
“I am an American,” replied al-Aqidi during a mic drop moment for the 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.
Omar’s Twitter message late Sunday listed six different ways that she describes herself.
The response came shortly after Omar’s Twitter message late Sunday, in which the freshman congresswoman listed ways that she describes herself.
“I am, Hijabi, Muslim, Black, Foreign born, Refugee, Somali,” Omar wrote.
She then appeared to provoke her critics:
“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 her post with a laughing-face emoji and a GIF showing her addressing an audience, saying, “Hello Hello!”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas blasted Omar, writing:
"In today's Leftist world of intersectionality, 'American' is deemed embarrassing & gauche."
In January, al-Aqidi, spoke out against what she described as “hateful rhetoric” coming from Omar since she took office.
The Republican said 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."
“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.”
More than a little odd that “American” doesn’t make the list. Wonder why? She is a sitting member of the US Congress. But, in today’s Leftist world of intersectionality, “American” is deemed embarrassing & gauche. https://t.co/8cNGac9X0f— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 24, 2020
Hmm. I don’t see that you identify as a US citizen??? You should not be in Congress!— Diane 🇺🇸🌺 (@DianeNoMoreLies) February 24, 2020
Unlike Omar, al-Aqidi said she has stopped considering herself as 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.”
Like al-Aqidi, many commenters on social media noted Omar did not describe herself as 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.”