Opinion columns and televised debates about her, reactions to her comments from the top spheres of Washington including the president, Donald Trump, and even some death threats, have been part of the first months of Ilhan Omar as a congressman.
Omar, 37, became the first congresswoman born in Africa and one of the first two Muslim women to reach the Capitol, along with Rashida Tlaib, after the last legislative elections last November.
Her atypical profile and some of his statements related to Israel have been the perfect mix for his political opponents, including Trump, have charged against this Democratic Party legislator.
Her arrival and first months at the Capitol have been marked by the following events:
– END A PROHIBITION OF CARRYING HEAD COVERED BY RELIGIOUS REASONS IN THE CONGRESS
On its first day of operation in January, the lower house of the 116th Congress passed a law that allows head scarves to be worn for religious reasons in the hemicycle for the first time in 181 years.
“This is my choice, protected by the first amendment of the Constitution,” said Omar about the fact that she is the first and only legislator to wear her head covered with a “hijab”.
– PRESSURE TO TERMINATE WITH MIGRATORY VETO AGAINST COUNTRIES WITH MUSLIM MAJORITY
From the start of her campaign until today, Omar has advocated the abolition of Trump’s immigration veto against nationals from Muslim-majority countries, such as Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.
In the first place, the president’s initiative had several judicial setbacks, but his last travel ban on those born in those countries was backed in June by the Supreme Court.
– TWEETS AGAINST THE INFLUENCE OF ISRAEL IN THE COUNTRY DEEMED AS “ANTISEMITIC”
The congresswoman has denounced in several tweets in recent months the political influence in the country of the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC and the supposed “loyalty” of some legislators to Israel.
These statements were branded as anti-Semitic by some politicians of the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, and Trump took the opportunity to accuse the opposition of this bias against the Jews.
Omar’s comments resulted in a bipartisan resolution of the House in March against “anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism and other forms of intolerance.”
– REPUBLICANS CLAIM THAT OMAR IS WITHDRAWN FROM THE COMMITTEE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE LOW CHAMBER
Trump and other Republicans, such as Vice President Mike Pence, have unsuccessfully claimed that Omar is removed from the influential Foreign Affairs Committee of the House.
The president of said committee, Democrat Eliot Engel, has assured that this will not happen, although he has asked Omar to apologize for the statements about the influence of Israel.
– DEATH THREAT: “I AM GOING TO PUT A BULLET IN HER FUCKING SKULL”
A 55-year-old man, identified as Patrick Carlineo, was arrested earlier this month in New York State on charges of “threatening to assault and murder” Omar, whose office he called and threatened to “put a bullet in his fucking skull”.
If found guilty, the suspect could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and pay a fine of up to $ 250,000.
– VIDEO POSTED BY TRUMP ON OMAR AND SEPTEMBER 11, 2011
The latest controversy has arisen with Trump’s reaction to a speech that Omar gave last March to the civil rights organization of Muslims, the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The video published by Trump repeats several times the fragment of Omar saying “some people did something”, interspersed with images of planes crashing into the Twin Towers and smoke coming out of the Pentagon, something that the president accompanied in his tweet with the message: ” WE WILL NEVER FORGET THIS!”.
After the commotion caused, Trump said yesterday that he did not regret having retweeted that video, which exceeded ten million views, although he finally removed it from his account in the social network.
– DEMOCRATY UNION TO PROTECT OMAR AND DENOUNCE TRUMP
The Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, and several of the candidates for the nomination of that party for the 2020 presidential elections, such as Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have stepped forward defending Omar and criticizing the racist attitude from posting the video.
Pelosi has spoken to congressional security officials after Trump’s tweet “to ensure that the Capitol Police are conducting an assessment of their security measures to protect Representative Omar, her family and her staff.”