Controversial Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) will face an unexpected Republican challenger in this November’s election — from a Muslim refugee woman like herself.
Dalia al-Aqidi, a journalist and former White House correspondent from Iraq, argues that since taking office in 2019 Omar has done nothing but seek to divide and undermine America, and that despite apparent similarities with Omar, she is nothing like the freshman Minnesota congresswoman.
“On the surface, we look the same. We’re both women, refugees, Muslims, but we couldn’t be further apart,” al-Aqidi said in announcing her run for office.
“The difference is that while Dalia has used her life experience to expose oppression and boost the U.S, Omar has done the opposite — stoking fear, inspiring hatred, inciting violence, and embarrassing the U.S.,” her campaign website states.
“To put it simply, Ilhan Omar needs to be stopped,” al-Aqidi argues.
But al-Aqidi also views her and Omar’s similar backgrounds as a strength of her campaign, telling Fox News that Omar won’t be able to use her backstory as an identity politics ploy since the two candidates’ backstories are “basically the same.”