Muslim Iraqi refugee Dalia al-Aqidi is tired of hearing Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s absurd liberal rants that are filled with language being used to “divide” our country.
So Dalia came up with a plan. She is launching a campaign to unseat the identity politics-playing Democrat in the next election in November. In order to face Omar, she will need to beat five other Republican candidates in the primaries.
"She needs to be stopped," al-Aqidi told Fox News during an interview. "I truly believe that I'm strong enough to beat her at her own game."
Fox News reports:
She explained that in a race between the two of them, Omar would be limited in using her background as a Muslim woman who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia to distinguish them — because they are "basically the same" in that backstory, she said.
Al-Aqidi decried the use of identity politics on the campaign trail.
"Muslims, Christians, Jews are all Americans," al-Aqidi said, "Every time she opens her mouth she says something either anti-U.S. or anti-Semitic.”
"I am loyal to the country that gave me a chance, gave me a brighter future," she continued, and added that Omar "continually tries to weaken the country and divide us."
Al-Aqidi, who has 31 years of experience as a journalist, including as a White House correspondent for Alhurra, a U.S.-based Arabic channel that airs in the Middle East, says that one thing she has learned is that regularly attacking your opponents is not an effective strategy in politics.
“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," she said.
"Trashing the other side will get you nowhere."
As for her own platform, al-Aqidi says her main concerns are security at home and abroad, the economy – where she says President Trump is "doing great" – and education.
"I'm ready to fight and I believe that I could win," she concluded.