It is officially the beginning of the end for Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. And nothing gives us more evidence of that than her new opponent for the 2020 election. However, it isn’t just because she has an opponent so much as what this person stands for and that her usual tactics simply won’t work.
Enter Dalia al-Aqidi. Now al-Aqidi is not your average contender. At first glance, she and Omar may appear to be pretty similar. For starters, she is a woman. She is also Muslim. And a refugee from a war-torn country as well. But the buck stops there.
Al-Aqidi is also an upstanding member of the Republican party, and one who loves her nation dearly, unlike Omar, who always mentions her disappointment in America.
In her first campaign ad, al-Aqidi says, “We might seem nearly alike, both Muslims, both women, both refugees, but we couldn’t be further apart.”
She explains herself by saying, “She spends her time in Congress sowing seeds of division, actively supporting our enemies. She claims to speak for all Muslims, but she does not speak for me.”
Al-Aqidi escaped the iron fist of Iraq under Saddam Hussein in 1988 and found herself in America. Shortly afterward, she gained her US citizenship. She is not a politician by career. Instead, she has experience in journalism and was a radio anchor for some time, according to her campaign website.
The Iraqi refugee is known to be very outspoken against Islamic terrorism, as she has personally lived through it and seen the destruction it can cause. She is also a massive advocate in fighting against other forms of terrorism and cruelty around the globe.
Omar, on the other hand, only seems to support the horrors our world can sometimes display, even those who hurt her own people.
Take her position on the attacks of September 11, for one. Instead of contributing them to acts of hatred and violence by an extreme group of religious radicals, she offhandedly referred to them as a time when “some people did something.”
Those attacks killed thousands of Americans on that day, and thousands more over the years since. And yet all she can say is “something” happened.
The only reason she even mentioned this wee bit about the attacks at all is that she was complaining that people of her religion are unfairly judged because of them. She didn’t admit the considerable loss of life, the terrible illnesses that came about as a result, or the pride America should feel for standing up to those who wish us ill. What she did do was essentially say, ‘because this insignificant thing happened, my fellow Muslims are being discriminated against and it’s unfair.’
Now, to be fair, Muslims do often face discrimination due to their faith and because of the fear 9/11 instilled in many Americans. It is unfair, and things should be done and said to combat it. But belittling one of the most tragic attacks of our time is not one of those.
And this isn’t the only time Omar has used her religion and ethnicity as an excuse to fight off her enemies. She continually claims her heritage and history as a refugee as a reason why she is better than someone else. It is a card she plays at nearly every turn, or when she feels she will out-maneuvered if she doesn’t.
Think of all the times Omar has called someone racist, misogynistic, or a bigot.
But against the likes of al-Aqidi, those predictable tactics aren’t likely to work. After all, how can she be against Muslims, against women, or against immigrants and refugees when she is one herself? And as such, the constituents of Minnesota’s District 5, which happens to have a large immigration population, won’t be losing anything.
They will still have a Muslim woman working to represent them in D.C.; only this one will actually do the job instead of defending terrorist regimes.
As al-Aqidi wrote, “Ilhan Omar defends the Muslim Brotherhood. She defends Hamas, which is a terrorist group, according to the US laws. The same laws that sent her to Congress.”
If Omar expects to win against such a formidable and America-loving opponent, she had better come up with a new game plan. But even then, it’s not likely to amount to much, America is already sick and tired of her divisive ways and ready to appoint someone who is willing to fight for us, not for their own gain.