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Sun Dec 30, 2018, 04:00 PM

Glorified and Vilified, Representative-Elect Ilhan Omar Tells Critics: 'Just Deal with it'

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WASHINGTON — As a 12-year-old refugee from Somalia adjusting to life in the Virginia suburbs, Ilhan Omar fended off bullies who stuck gum on her scarf, knocked her down stairs and jumped her when she changed clothes for gym class.

Her father “sat me down, and he said, ‘Listen, these people who are doing all of these things to you, they’re not doing something to you because they dislike you,’” Ms. Omar recalled in a recent interview. “They are doing something to you because they feel threatened in some way by your existence.”

Now Ms. Omar is Representative-elect Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, and her father’s words still hold. Nearly a quarter-century later, as Democrats prepare to assume control of the House with an extraordinarily diverse freshman class, she is perhaps Washington’s most glorified and vilified newcomer — a vehicle for the hopes of millions of Muslims and others touched by her life story, and for the fears of those who feel threatened by her.

When she is sworn in on Thursday, Ms. Omar will take her place in the history books as one of the first two Muslim women in Congress — and the first to wear a hijab, or head covering, on the House floor. Her push to change a 181-year-old rule barring headwear in the chamber — which Democrats are expected to immediately adopt — has drawn fire from a Christian pastor, who warned that the floor of the House “is now going to look like an Islamic republic.”

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Mon Dec 31, 2018, 06:11 AM

1. She's awesome

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Mon Dec 31, 2018, 07:00 AM

2. Bil-tawfeeq!

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Mon Dec 31, 2018, 08:23 AM

3. That Christian Pastor Could NOT Be Stupider!

One head covering out of 435 makes the chamber like an Islamic republic?
What an idiot!!!!!

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Mon Dec 31, 2018, 10:10 AM

4. I like her more every day

There's a Chinese phrase 无为, "wu wei", meaning "do not-do", with the sense of causing change without seeming effort (it's important in a lot of Chinese martial arts). She really just seems to wu wei herself to the top of a lot of news cycles, and that's definitely a gift. Keep an eye on her; I think she's going places.

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