Dalia al-Aqidi is a Muslim Iraqi refugee who says she’s uninterested in listening to Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., play identification politics whereas utilizing language she believes is “dividing” America.
So she is launching a marketing campaign to unseat her in November.
Al-Aqidi, who mentioned her newly launched marketing campaign in an interview with Fox Information, joins a rising subject of Republicans trying to tackle Omar. “She must be stopped,” al-Aqidi instructed Fox Information in a cellphone interview. “I actually consider that I am robust sufficient to beat her at her personal sport.”
‘I actually consider that I am robust sufficient to beat her at her personal sport.’
She defined that in a race between the 2 of them, Omar could be restricted in utilizing her background as a Muslim girl who got here to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia to tell apart them — as a result of they are “principally the identical” in that backstory, she stated.
Al-Aqidi decried using identification politics on the marketing campaign path.
“Muslims, Christians, Jews are all Individuals,” she stated, whereas happening to blast Omar’s previous feedback which have been labeled anti-Semitic.
“Each time she opens her mouth she says one thing both anti-U.S. or anti-Semitic,” al-Aqidi stated. Omar has apologized for previous tweets about Israel that performed on anti-Semitic tropes.
Al-Aqidi additionally alleged that Omar is extra considering elevating her personal political profile than serving to her constituents.
“I’m loyal to the nation that gave me an opportunity, gave me a brighter future,” she stated, claiming that Omar “frequently tries to weaken the nation and divide us.”
Omar’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon al-Aqidi’s candidacy and accusations.
Al-Aqidi, who has 31 years of expertise as a journalist, together with as a White Home correspondent for Alhurra, a U.S.-based Arabic channel that airs within the Center East, says that one factor she has discovered is that often attacking your opponents will not be an efficient technique in politics.
“Battle decision is an artwork. You can’t do something and not using a dialog. You speak to the opposite aspect and take a look at to determine one thing that shall be acceptable,” she stated.
“Trashing the opposite aspect will get you nowhere.”
As for her personal platform, al-Aqidi says her fundamental considerations are safety at dwelling and overseas, the economic system – the place she says President Trump is “doing nice” – and training.
“I am able to combat and I consider that I may win,” she stated.
There’s a pretty lengthy line of candidates hoping to tackle Omar and the opposite members of the group of freshman congresswomen often known as the “Squad.”
Omar is dealing with major challenges from Democratic group organizer John Mason and lawyer Antone Melton-Meaux. On the GOP aspect, al-Aqidi joins businessman Lacy Johnson, special-education skilled Danielle Stella, minister and missionary Lucia Vogel, activist Alley Waterbury, and former auto gross sales supervisor Brent Whaley.
Squad member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., additionally has a cadre of opponents from each events hoping to unseat her, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., is dealing with a GOP problem from David Dudenhoefer, the chairman of his district’s Republican celebration. Of the Squad, solely Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., stays unopposed.