Women, Muslims, Latinos & LGBT people win in US Midterm Elections

Clay Curtis
November 8, 2018

Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI will be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress after winning in Tuesdays midterm elections.

- Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) November 7, 20184/ Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. She will succeed the first Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, who vacated the seat to run in Minnesota's attorney general race.

"And one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress", she declared to a cheering crowd in her victory speech.

Omar shared her experience facing Islamophobia on the campaign trail, saying there are "people who are in positions of influence who look at someone like me, who's Muslim, who is a woman, a black woman, an immigrant, a refugee - and don't recognize me as an American".

Ahead of the race, Tlaib told CBS: "The first thing I think about when somebody says you're going to be the first Muslim is celebrate this moment".

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Tlaib is endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, a burgeoning left-wing group that also counts New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among its members.

Omar stated that President Trump's "politics of fear" motivated her to vie for the seat. She spent four years of her childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya.

Tlaib explicitly supports the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel and its replacement of a unitary Palestinian state.

Congresswoman Karen Bass, projected to win a fifth term in Tuesday's United States midterm elections, has visited Kenya twice in recent years. The first refugee ever elected to Congress. She has said she would vote to impeach President Donald Trump if given the chance.

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This seat has been held by Democrats since 1963. She was defeated in the general election in November of a year ago.

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