One of the progressive left’s darlings faces a primary challenge today in Minnesota’s 5th district.
Ilhan Omar will square off in the primary against a centrist, pro-police challenger.
‘The Squad’ member has supported the “defund the police” movement that has resulted in chaos in deep-blue cities.
Don Samuels, Omar’s challenger in the primary, is a former Minneapolis City Council member who has made rising crime an issue in the race.
Rep. Ilhan Omar is facing a challenge from the center in her congressional primary in Minnesota on Tuesday.https://t.co/yj32ar5no9
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) August 9, 2022
CBS Minnesota reported:
Don Samuels’ north Minneapolis base suffers from more violent crime than other parts of the city, and the moderate Democrat helped defeat a ballot question that sought to replace the city police department with a new public safety unit.
Omar has defended calls to redirect public safety funding more into community-based programs.
Samuels and others also successfully sued the city to force it to meet minimum police staffing levels called for in Minneapolis’ charter. Samuels says Omar, one of the leading voices in the national progressive movement, is divisive. He’s attracted big bucks to his campaign, though Omar as the incumbent has a significant cash advantage.
Omar, who crushed a similar primary challenge two years ago from a well-funded but lesser-known opponent than Samuels, has said she expects to win easily.
Ilhan Omar also faces criticism from her Somali American constituents for meddling in the Horn of Africa through her position in the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee.
.@IlhanMN faces a primary today. Few outside her district know that she has used her House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee vice chair to advance US meddling in the Horn of Africa, though it has become a source of anger among many Somali American constituents. https://t.co/oFHkFnNcrT
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) August 9, 2022
The Grayzone noted:
This was his first concert in North America and he’s likely unfamiliar with Ilhan’s record in the House and on the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights, where she serves as vice chair. (Karen Bass currently chairs the subcommittee, and vice chairs the National Endowment for Democracy, the regime change wing of the US government, and is all but certain to become the next mayor of Los Angeles come November.)
Ilhan, an African immigrant and the only Black person on the subcommittee besides Bass, is a shoe-in to become chair if Democrats hold onto the house, unlikely as that may seem.
Many Africans shudder at that thought, however –– not only in Somalia, her country of origin, and the rest of the Horn of Africa, but also in the African Great Lakes Region and in diasporas from both regions.
When I organized a Twitter space discussion with Somali American activists on Ilhan’s record, I heard an outpouring of anger not only over her perceived neglect of her district, where violent crime is surging, but also over her role in the removal of Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and support for a candidate affiliated with her personal clan. This was but one of examples of the congresswoman’s role in advancing US meddling in the Horn of Africa.
Here’s a clip from the concert where Ilhan Omar was viciously booed by the Somali American crowd:
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was booed last night by thousands of the Minneapolis Somali community last night at a Somalia Independence Day celebration concert.
“Go home! Go home!” pic.twitter.com/40TPX4M4NA
— Rebecca Brannon (@RebsBrannon) July 3, 2022