An immigrant from war ravaged Iraq is so tired of the incumbent congresswoman she will run against her at the general election on Nov. 3.
Dalia al-Aqidi has confirmed she will stand as a Republican for election in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, which is currently occupied by Democratic Party Rep. Ilhan Omar.
Al-Aqidi decided to run for public office because she became increasingly concerned about what she claimed to be Omar playing identity politics and using words that are “dividing” the nation.
“She needs to be stopped,” al-Aqidi told Fox News. “Every time she opens her mouth she says something either anti-United States or anti-Semitic … Muslims, Christians, Jews, are all Americans.”
After making the controversial remarks on social media, Omar was shamed into apologizing for her posts about Israel.
Al-Aqidi is determined to beat the incumbent in the upcoming election by introducing herself as a Muslim Iraqi refugee who fled Somalia, which is “basically the same” story Omar used to win the 2019 general election.
“I truly believe that I’m strong enough to beat her at her own game,” al-Aqidi said.
Al-Aqidi is also upset about Omar seeming to be more interested in advancing her political career by being divisive instead of actually helping voters in her district.
“[Omar] continually tries to weaken the country and divide us,” al-Aqidi said. “I am loyal to the country that gave me a chance, gave me a brighter future.”
The candidate has substantial experience in the media, including a White House correspondent role for Arabic broadcaster Alhurra. From this she has learned from the mistakes of those who always attack political rivals and believes conflict resolution is a more effective strategy.
“Trashing the other side will get you nowhere,” she said. “Conflict resolution is an art. You cannot do anything without a conversation. You talk to the other side and try to figure out something that will be acceptable.”
Al-Aqidi hopes her candidacy will help protect the nation from the divisive influence of leftists.
“It is time to defend America,” she said on Twitter. “I am running for Congress because we’re not as divided as Ilhan Omar and the far-left would have us believe. I am running to bring us closer together.”
Al-Aqidi is not the only candidate who hopes to take down the left-leaning group of Democratic congresswomen known as the “Squad.” Businessman Lacy Johnson, special education professional Danielle Stella, religious leader Lucia Vogel, activist Alley Waterbury, and former car sales manager Brent Whaley are standing for election as Republican candidates.