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Dem Rep. Ilhan Omar Officially Announces If She Will Seek Re-Election

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Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar has announced her future plans in the arena of politics.

The 39-year-old representative and member of “The Squad” has announced that she is going to campaign for reelection in 2022, Fox News reported.

“I still believe in a world where we choose peace over war, diplomacy over bellicosity, and the human rights of all people over the profits of the military-industrial complex. A world where we put human rights at the center of U.S. foreign policy, oppose war and militarism and pursue accountability for human rights abuses wherever they occur,” the representative said. “If you believe a better world is possible, join me.”

This would be the representatives third election in her district if she wins.

Omar became the first Somali American elected to Congress when she won her initial 2018 bid with 78% of the vote, after incumbent Rep. Keith Ellison announced he would not seek re-election. She most recently won her re-election campaign in 2020, with 64% of the vote. She has been a controversial figure at times and was criticized in 2019 for suggesting House supporters of Israel have dual allegiances.

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Omar is a member of a group of Democratic lawmakers referred to as “The Squad,” which also includes Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.).

Omar has helped pass eight bills and amendments into law through four years of being in office, she posted on Twitter.

In December Rep. Omar showed herself to be as radical as her opponents say she is when she went on a tirade against Democrat West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.

During an interview on MSNBC, Omar said it was “complete bullshit” that Manchin said he wouldn’t vote to advance Biden’s multi-trillion dollar legislation.

“I mean, we all knew that Senator Manchin couldn’t be trusted,” Omar said.

“The excuses that he just made, I think, are complete bullsh*t. It is really disheartening to hear him say that he has been trying to get there for the people of West Virginia because that’s a complete lie. The people of West Virginia would greatly benefit from their families having access to long-term elderly care and care for folks with disabilities,” Omar added.

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She continued: “They would benefit from the expansion of the child tax credits; they will benefit from having access to pre-k. There are just so many things that, you know, the people of West Virginia desperately need. And we know that he is not working on behalf of their interests, and I really am just completely disappointed and disgusted by his reasoning.”

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Another progressive, Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, added: “He has continued to move the goalposts, he has never negotiated in good faith and he is obstructing the president’s agenda, 85 percent of which is still left on the table. And in obstructing the president’s agenda, he is obstructing the people’s agenda.”

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“Manchin is Manchin. But what kind of healthy democracy is structured in a way that can allow one man elected by 290,000 voters in one of the least populous states to thwart the agenda of his party and the President who was elected with 81 million votes. We need structural change,” tweeted Sherrilyn Ifill, head of the NAACP’s Legal Defense Council.

And of course, Sen. Bernie Sanders was furious.

“Well, I think he’s going to have a lot of explaining to do to the people of West Virginia, to tell him why he doesn’t have the guts to take on the drug companies to lower the cost of prescription drugs,” he said. “West Virginia is one of the poorest states in this country. You got elderly people and disabled people who would like to stay at home. He’s going to have to tell the people of West Virginia why he doesn’t want to expand Medicare to cover dental hearing and eyeglasses.

“I’ve been to West Virginia a number of times, and it’s a great state, beautiful people, but it is a state that is struggling,” Sanders added. “And he’s going to have to tell the people of West Virginia why he’s rejecting what the scientists of the world are telling us that we have to act boldly and transform our energy system to protect future generations from the devastation of climate change.”

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