//Iraqi refugee launches GOP problem to Ilhan Omar: She must be stopped

Iraqi refugee launches GOP problem to Ilhan Omar: She must be stopped

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.

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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.’

— Dalia al-Aqidi, GOP challenger in search of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s seat

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.

Dalia al-Aqidi is looking to challenge Rep. Ilhan Omar. 

Dalia al-Aqidi is trying to problem Rep. Ilhan Omar. 

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.

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“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.”

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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.