In an interview with Fox News on Friday, Iraqi refugee and congressional candidate Dalia al-Aqidi explained why it was so important to her that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) be relieved of her seat in Congress. Running against Omar in the 2020 election, al-Aqidi told the hosts of “Fox & Friends” that the Minnesota Islamist is “doing irreparable harm” to the United States with “her hatred and racism.”
“I’m running because Ilhan Omar is doing irreparable harm not only to her district, not only to her state, to the whole country,” al-Aqidi said. “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. I have a question for Ilhan Omar that needs to be answered. Ilhan Omar is harming every American with her hatred, her standing against what we believe in, against our own Constitution.
“I believe in building bridges. We are not enemies,” al-Aqidi continued. “We are all Americans and we can fight together, and we can discuss issues together. Her achievement [is] she claims that she passed this and that in the Congress, which is the majority Democrat so it’s not achievement. She needs to work for her constituents. She needs to represent them.”
The Iraqi refugee said that Omar is in Congress working on behalf of interests that have little or nothing to do with those of her voters.
“She doesn’t care about her district. She’s done nothing for her district,” she said. “All she’s done is to harm her district, harm her followers, so many now, they are looking for someone else, and I’m here to say, do you know what? We Americans, we’re not divided. We all love our country, and let’s not take your hate [for] Trump against America. We are all Americans, and we can stand together, defend our country.”
It’s unlikely that any Republican candidate – even one who shares a similar backstory to Omar – can win in this particular Minneapolis district, but al-Aqidi’s campaign is an important one, nonetheless. It’s time for voters in this district – and Democrats as a whole – to recognize the harm Omar is doing with her platform. She has been a cancer on Congress since her election, an anti-Semitic stain on Washington that needs to be wiped clean. There’s no room for Islamism to gain even the smallest foothold in our government, and if it takes an actual Iraqi refugee to get people to see this, then we wish al-Aqidi all the luck in the world.