by Andrea Widburg
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Somalia) exploded on the national political scene in 2018, when she ran for and won a seat in the House of Representatives. Born in Somalia, she and her family had escaped that war-torn country when she was a small child and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya. Omar came to America in 1992, when she was 10.
Omar was a perfect candidate to take over the seat that Keith Ellison vacated when he moved on to become deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee. As was Ellison, Omar is a Muslim representing Minnesota’s 5th congressional district — that is, Minneapolis and some suburbs — an area that is politically Progressive and that has a large Muslim population.
Beautiful, poised, articulate, and with impeccable Progressive credentials, Omar was a shoo-in. She also entered Congress at the same time as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib. All young, all leftist, all arrogant, the four women were dubbed “the Squad” and proceeded to act as if they owned Congress.