Ilhan Omar, Rashida Talib win re-election to US House of Representatives
Muslim Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib secured a second term in Congress on Tuesday, in a big win for the Democrats so-called “The Squad”.
US media called races for Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar and Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib, with Tlaib beating her Republican opponent by a wide margin.
Palestinian-American Tlaib and Somali-American Omar were the first Muslim women elected to Congress in 2018.
The woman are part of a quartet of like-minded congresswoman known as “The Squad” who are admired on the Left for challenging the status quo in Washington.
Squad members Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York also retained their seats.
“Our sisterhood is resilient,” Omar tweeted alongside pictures of all four women as she celebrated her victory.
“We are building a movement that sees my struggle as inherently tied to your struggle, and sees a world where all workers can be uplifted,” Omar also tweeted.
“Together. Today’s vote – the results of this election – are not the end. This is just the beginning.”
Ocasio-Cortez in particular has been the target of near-constant Republican ire – while also endorsing leftists who take on members of the Democratic party’s old guard.