//GOP candidate Dalia al-Aqidi on difficult Ilhan Omar, being ignored by mainstream media

GOP candidate Dalia al-Aqidi on difficult Ilhan Omar, being ignored by mainstream media

Media Angle is a column providing views on at this time’s media panorama from the newsmakers themselves.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, has change into a family title as a member of the so-called Democratic “Squad” that was elected to Congress in 2018. The Somali-born member of the Home has rapidly change into a outstanding voice of the progressive left usually on the heart of controversy, from her disagreement with President Trump to allegations of partaking in anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Dalia al-Aqidi is hoping to defeat Omar and switch her seat pink in November.

Rising up in Iraq below the rule of dictator Saddam Hussein, al-Aqidi stated she felt like a “hostage” with out the liberty to specific herself, because the Iraqi regime managed the media and forbade any criticism of the federal government.

“Freedom was a forbidden phrase. Freedom was a phrase that we dreamt of and that we yearned for,” al-Aqidi told the Conservative Political Motion Convention (CPAC) viewers in late February.

In 1988, al-Aqidi and her household fled Iraq and arrived in america as refugees, and she or he later turned an American citizen. She emerged as a broadcast journalist to audiences within the Center East to push again towards “toxic” regional retailers like Al Jazeera.


As a Muslim immigrant and an outspoken supporter of President Trump, al-Aqidi vows to offer again to the nation she loves a lot by operating for Congress and in search of to assist flip Minnesota’s fifth District seat in the Home of Representatives again to Republicans. She competes in her main race on April 5.

Chatting with Fox News’ Media Angle at CPAC, al-Aqidi took a shot at CNN, talked about how her background as a journalist helps her on the marketing campaign path, and the way she thinks the media can restore belief with the American folks.

MEDIA ANGLE: How does your journalism background carry over into your political run?

Dalia al-Aqidi: Nicely, it helps me with my marketing campaign as a result of I get folks to speak naturally and that is who I’m. That is why I have been doing journalism for 31 years. And nationally, after I sit with anyone, even when I do not sit subsequent to somebody and there’s a wall, I’ll get the wall to speak. So these expertise assist lots for me, in a really brief time period within the district, to get to know so many individuals and so many residents… I may speak to them, I may really feel what their issues are as a result of that is what I have been doing for the previous 30 years.

MA: For those who may sit down with Ilhan Omar as a reporter and never as an opponent, what would you ask her?

al-Aqidi: Oh, my God. I am not even anymore as a result of I’ve requested for an interview proper after she acquired elected and my producers by no means had a solution.

MA: So she would not even speak to you?

al-Aqidi: No, no. And I reached out on Twitter to her saying, “I do know who’s grooming you,” and I used to be shadowbanned on Twitter. After which I made a decision, “You recognize what? I do not need to interview her anymore. I will her district to speak to her folks.” And I stored coming after that to do my analysis, till I fell in love with Minneapolis, and that is why I made a decision to maneuver.


MA: You point out that you simply had been ‘shadowbanned’ on Twitter — are you able to clarify?

al-Aqidi: He–[al-Aqidi campaign communications director] David Reaboi–discovered it. I used to be doing my issues on Twitter, posting issues after which I acquired a textual content from David saying “Dalia, the place have you ever been?” And I used to be like, “What? I have been on Twitter.” So apparently, with my cellphone and with my mates, with David, we tried to achieve out to seek out me, to seek for my title, I used to be nowhere to be discovered for a couple of days… I requested Twitter–no reply. After which I acquired an e mail from Twitter saying “Oh, it was an error. We fastened it.” … What was it, a “glitch” or an “error?”

David Reaboi: Yeah, you were not in a position to auto-complete. So you’ll search for Dalia on the time, it was a special username @Dalia30 and nothing would come up.

al-Aqidi: So you discover all of the Dalias on this planet besides me.


MA: Following the 2018 midterms, there was glowing protection of the variety among the many newly-elected Democratic lawmakers. Do you suppose there’s any distinction between how the media portrays the variety of Democrats versus the variety of GOP candidates?

al-Aqidi: You wouldn’t know until you learn Fox, otherwise you watch Fox Information, otherwise you learn the suitable publications. Apart from this, you’ll by no means know.

MA: Is there any media outlet that has offended you essentially the most with the way in which they cowl Ilhan Omar?

al-Aqidi: CNN, positively. CNN is No.1… In relation to Ilhan Omar, Al Jazeera is No. 1– Al Jazeera Arabic and English, as a result of the way in which they interview her, it is disgusting and it is sickening to each journalist on this planet. CNN as nicely. However a few months in the past when Iraqi protestors, when the peaceable protestors had been protesting in the midst of Baghdad, and when the Shia militias attacked the U.S. embassy, CNN and different mainstream media stored insisting that these are the peaceable protestors, giving a really huge likelihood for the Shia militias and giving them legitimacy… I personally emailed all of the mainstream media, particularly CNN, and so they simply by no means corrected it. So many issues like this have been occurring.


MA: Are you able to converse extra broadly to the present state of the mainstream media and whether or not you suppose Republicans have been handled pretty?

al-Aqidi: I do not suppose Republicans have been handled pretty. They had been by no means handled pretty. Conservatives, basically, are by no means handled pretty. And it isn’t simply within the U.S. Have a look at the U.Okay. Even BBC. Folks suppose that BBC is impartial, which it just isn’t. Conservatives, basically, haven’t been handled pretty all around the world.

MA: How do you suppose you’ve got been handled by the media?

al-Aqidi: If we’re speaking in regards to the mainstream media, I do not suppose I’ve seen my title anyplace. I have been talked about a few instances due to the race, however no person ever got here out or tried to achieve out… Everyone knows that mainstream media could not care much less about us, and everyone knows that it is their battle as nicely, and that is what they suppose they’re doing. And that is why folks like us won’t ever be talked about within the mainstream media retailers. However they hold portray that lovely image of Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Sanders and all of the far-left.

MA: There may be mistrust for the media amongst many Individuals. As a journalist, what’s one thing you suppose the media can do to revive the belief it as soon as had?

al-Aqidi: Cease telling lies. They need to cease telling lies.