Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar reflected on the results of the presidential election, citing the efforts of communities to elect Donald Trump out of office and praising especially those led by communities he had targeted during his time in the White House.
“Every single person who attacked President Trump, especially black women and their communities, have all organized and mobilized to get rid of him. And that is glorious,” the U.S. representative from Minnesota tweeted on Sunday, repeating what she told correspondent Ali Velshi earlier that day during an MSNBC interview.
“We should not lose sight of the fact that it is not just a rebuke from the American people that will eventually send him to the devil on January 20,” said Omar Velshi. “But it is a rebuke that comes from the communities he has targeted over the past four years, and that is really the most joyful part of this election.
Every single person who has attacked President Trump, especially black women and their communities, have all organized and mobilized to get rid of him. And that is glorious.
Always a joy @AliVelshi. pic.twitter.com/S2jauGS2Rn
– Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 8, 2020
The Congresswoman herself was subject to verbal attacks by Trump during his presidency. Along with other members of the Congressional “squad”-New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, and Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib- she often fought with the President over his racist rhetoric, which in several cases included comments explicitly directed at the progressive group of members of the U.S. House.
In the final phase of Trump’s re-election campaign, he resurfaced with accusations that Omar had illegally entered the U.S. and “hates our country. The Somalia-born congresswoman came to the US as a refugee when she was 12 years old. Omar will resume her seat in the House of Representatives for another term after winning her re-election on Tuesday in the 5th Congressional District of Minnesota.
Amid Trump’s recent attacks on Omar during his campaign, coupled with racist and xenophobic statements about how a Biden Harris administration would increase the number of refugees living in Minnesota, the Republican incumbent insisted that he would win the Midwest state “because of Ilhan. According to the Associated Press, Joe Biden secured a majority in the disputed state with more than 7 percent of the vote.
Although Trump’s campaign, in the hope of challenging the results of the presidential campaign, seeks to undermine the counting of votes, the AP and other media on Saturday assumed that Biden would win the election. Omar, like Tlaib, was recognized for her advocacy work in Minnesota and Michigan, another theater of war that turned blue to increase voter turnout before election day.
“We believe that you get what you organize for. We work, analyze and strategize,” Omar tweeted on Sunday. During her conversation with Velshi, the Congresswoman admitted that “a lot of work” lies ahead, but said she was “delighted to see” that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are already drawing up plans to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
“This really speaks to the hunger we all feel for leadership,” she said.
Washington Newsday turned to the Omar and Trump campaign for further comments, but did not receive a response in time for publication.