Historic vote for Muslim women in U.S. elections

Americans for the first time sent a Muslim woman to Congress - actually two: Palestinian American Rashida Tlaib, of MI, and Somali American Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota.

Minnesota's Ilhan Omar joined "The View" on Wednesday to talk about her journey making history as the first Somali-American to win a seat in U.S. Congress.

Omar made history in 2016 when she was elected the first Somali-American legislator in the U.S.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported a 21 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the first six months of 2018. A former state representative, Tlaib, won the seat long held by Democrat John Conyers, who resigned in December amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Omar's family fled Somalia in 1991 due to civil war.

Ilhan Omar, whose platform included support for Medicare for All, criminal justice reform and the increase of minimum wage, won the seat over Republican Jennifer Zielinski.

Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna tribe, is a well-known community activist in her solidly Democratic district, working tirelessly to encourage Native Americans - who make up two percent of the USA population - to vote.

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Another Muslim woman, Ilhan Omar, who is running in Minnesota's 5th District, is also expected to win.

Omar will not only be among the first Muslim women elected to Congress. She previously served in Michigan's state legislature.

The 42-year-old Tlaib is a Palestinian-American.

MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators. She ran for lieutenant governor and served one term as the state party chair.

Some analysts who have closely followed Washington politics say Tuesday night's election outcomes are unsurprising.

She said although her disdain for President Donald Trump's policies on immigration, health care and other issues motivated her to run, that was not the only reason.

There was no Republican on the ballot in the overwhelmingly Democratic district.

  • Sonia Alvarado