(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Ilhan Omar, “Squad” member and Minnesota leftist activist, is facing a new challenger in her district who threatens to use Omar’s obsession with identity politics against her, The Western Journal reported.
Shukri Abdirahman, a black Somali immigrant, has launched a bid to unseat Omar.
“Ilhan Omar was given a second chance when America took her in—but chose to ridicule the very country that saved her life,” Abdirahman tweeted.
“When I was welcomed as a legal American citizen, I responded by joining the U.S. Army. Now I’m taking a stand to give hope to the people of Minneapolis.”
Ilhan Omar was given a second chance when America took her in — but chose to ridicule the very country that saved her life.
When I was welcomed as a legal American citizen. I responded by joining the U.S. Army.
Now I’m taking a stand to give hope to the people of Minneapolis. pic.twitter.com/yVqZPN0lWT
— Shukri Abdirahman (@ShuForCongress) February 28, 2022
In a video attached to the tweet, Abdirahman told the story of her family’s flight from Somalia.
“In fear of our lives, my family fled war-torn Somalia to the slums of Kenya, where we spent nearly four years in a refugee camp waiting with hopes to come to America,” Abdirahman said.
“From Somalia to Minnesota, my family and I were welcomed as legal American citizens. America had saved my life.”
Abdirahman said she was inspired by the film “Black Hawk Down,” and decided to join the military “to give back to the men and women who gave their lives so [she] could have a second chance.”
Even after becoming an American citizen, Abdirahman’s life was difficult—struggling with an abusive husband, homelessness, and more—but she refused to lean on government assistance.
“Our lives, our pride and dignity can no longer be bought in exchange for votes that only keep the elite in power who disappear and abandon us after election season is over,” she said.