Ever since becoming one of the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress—an honor she shares with fellow Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan—Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota found herself a favorite target of President Donald Trump, his supporters, Evangelical Christians and other assorted bigots and conspiracy theorists.
But just what is it about Omar that they love to hate?
The Democrat thinks she knows and shared it with her followers on Twitter stating:
"I am Hijabi, Muslim, Black, Foreign born, Refugee and Somali."
I am, Hijabi Muslim Black Foreign born Refugee Somali Easily triggering conservatives, Right wing bloggers, an… https://t.co/XIRrBm2vRJ— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar)1582517432.0
But Canadian born Republican Senator Rafael "Ted" Cruz thought Omar forgot one of the things that easily triggers "conservatives, right wing bloggers, anti-Muslim bigots, tinfoil conspiracy theorists, birthers, "pay me a $ to bash Muslims" fraudsters, pro-occupation groups and xenophobes."
Sharing her post, Texas Senator Cruz added American to her list of triggering qualities.
More than a little odd that “American” doesn’t make the list. Wonder why? She is a sitting member of the US Congre… https://t.co/UrWoHaxsfJ— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1582566578.0
Omar asked Cruz why he thought her status as a naturalized US citizen was triggering for people like himself.
Are you suggesting being an “Ameican” should be on a list of things that are triggering about me? That says a lot… https://t.co/xnxP8TU4vv— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar)1582577806.0
However people thought Cruz's response made her point better than her own post.
Of course, Omar's post triggered responses from plenty of the other characters on her list like conspiracy theorists and other liars.
@sean_antrim @tedcruz @IlhanMN The new Birtherism, for the stupidly racist— Beige Dynamite (@Beige Dynamite)1582566932.0
@sean_antrim @tedcruz @IlhanMN Oh look it's trash reply guy— SensibleTwitr (@SensibleTwitr)1582578042.0
@Money_Moose @IlhanMN Are you actually confused here. Her original tweet was about things that trigger "conservat… https://t.co/6HuX6KCI2h— A Marianne Williamson and Google Analytics Fan (@A Marianne Williamson and Google Analytics Fan)1582581081.0
@Money_Moose @IlhanMN You obviously didn't read her original tweet ... I guess literacy isn't something you can be proud of.— Arthur Casey (@Arthur Casey)1582580945.0
Like all members of the House of Representatives, Omar is up for reelection in 2020. While the hate is strong and the lies and propaganda are plentiful, the only opinions that will matter in November are her constituents in Minnesota's 5th congressional district.
Omar's book This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman is available for pre-order here.