Minnesota Representative Ihan Omar spoke out on Wednesday evening to claim that President Donald Trump is “terrified” of her because of her “intersectionality” as a Muslim woman who is also an immigrant.
Fox News reported that Omar made the comments during an appearance on the late-night comedy show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.” During the appearance, Omar said that as a child who came to the United States from Somalia, she never imagined that she would one day be part of an effort to impeach an American president.
“A lot of people think we take joy in impeaching this president because we don’t like him,” Omar said. “But we take joy in making sure that when we say we’re going to protect the rule of law, that the American people know that we are serious about that.”
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“I, however, am just always so happy when I think that Don Jr. is upset,” host Samantha Bee replied.
“That does slightly make me happy,” Omar agreed jokingly.
“Why do you think that the president focuses so much on you?” Bee asked, referring to the frequent sparring between Trump and Omar.
“I think he is terrified by any women who are practicing ‘Shine Theory,’ who have each other’s back,” Omar responded, referring to a concept of mutual empowerment that was developed by American businesswoman Aminatou Sow and journalist Ann Friedman. “But for me, I think he is terrified at the fact that I sit on the intersectionality of many identities that he really despises: a woman, an immigrant, Muslim, refugee, and Punjabi in one beautiful package.”
Omar was then asked how she feels about “perpetually being taken out of context” by her political opponents, to which she responded by saying she “doesn’t really care that much” about that because her critics “are just vilifying and dismissing my voice anyway.”
“The fact that I live rent-free in their head doesn’t mean they get to live rent-free in mine,” Omar added.
Later in the appearance, Omar said she believes “rehabilitation” is possible for “white supremacists” like White House adviser Stephen Miller, going on to say that they could “use some light, some love, some joy” in their lives.
This comes three months after Omar pledged that she would continue to be Trump’s “nightmare” after the president said that she and her fellow “Squad” members should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”
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