The trail-blazing Muslim, Somali American leader & Rep. Ilhan Omar wins re-election to US House of Representatives.


US Representative Ilhan Omar has won a second term in Congress Minnesota’s 5th congressional district in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

38-year-old defeated her Republican challenger, African American Businessman Lacy Johnson, by 64.6 percent of the vote to 25.9 percent, according to The Associated Press news agency with 99 percent of votes counted.

Omar is the first Somali American member of the US Congress and one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress in 2018.

Omar has built a national profile that started when the one-time refugee from Somalia was elected to the Minnesota Legislature in 2016.

She has frequently become a target of criticism and defamatory comments from the president and other Republicans.

Last month, Omar hit back at Trump, calling him “racist” after he disparaged her during a campaign rally and falsely implied that she is not American.

Omar is vocal in her opposition to other US-foreign allegiances, including the relationship with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Her aggressive advocacy on liberal issues, anti-Israel comments, and eagerness to take on US President Donald Trump has made her even more prominent


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