Trailblazing female Democrats make history in election to US Congress

Democratic US congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib celebrates with her mother and brother at her midterm election night party in Detroit Michigan
Americans elect Muslim women to Congress for the first time
Author

08 November, 2018

Voters in Minnesota and MI this morning elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the US Congress, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war and a Detroit-born Palestinian-American.

Rashida Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, and Somali-American Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women elected to the US House of Representatives, after winning their contests in MI and Minnesota.

The two politicians will increase the total number of Muslims in the House to three.

Among those elected was Somali-American, Ilhan Omar, who easily won the election in Minnesota district.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reported a 21 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in the first six months of 2018.

Tlaib will fill the seat formerly occupied by Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who left office a year ago amid accusations of sexual misconduct. After fleeing the country's civil war, she spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the USA when she was 14.

Republicans, with a strong grip on the senate, unseated a string of Democratic senators up for re-election in states Trump won in 2016. In an interview with CBS Wednesday, the newly elected congresswoman said she plans on embracing refugees.

What Stacey Abrams Will Tell Us About America Tonight
Channel 3's Caitlyn Chastain is in Atlanta tonight at an Abrams watch party to bring you full coverage from Georgia. She wrote it, her T-shirt said it, she said it, and she even sang it - vote.

Manchester United vs Everton
Pogba fakes the shot and rolls it to Martial who curls a first-time effort from 18 yards into the far corner. STAR MAN - Realistically, this label should be shared between Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.

Essential Red Dead Redemption 2 Tips To Know Before Starting
But while the Xbox One X is out ahead on performance, that doesn't mean the PS4 version is a slouch. A companion app for iOS and Android will be available to download on the Read Dead 2 release day.

Rashida Tlaib has become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American Democrat running for the House in Minnesota, could join Tlaib in Congress.

Rashida is also the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress.

Tlaib, 42, was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.

Meanwhile, Michigan's heavily democratic Jewish community is figuring out ow to react to this wave of Muslim-American progressives who mostly share the same views on domestic policies but who could substantially differ when it comes to Israel.

The former state representative also ran on a liberal platform, backing Medicare for All, immigration reform and a call to overturn Trump's executive order banning most people from five Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.

Both women have served as state lawmakers. She came to the U.S. more than two decades ago as a refugee.

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


More news


  • Alec Baldwin arrested after NY  parking spot spat

    Alec Baldwin arrested after NY parking spot spat

    The driver of the station wagon told police Baldwin hit him with his hand, but wasn't sure if it was a punch or a slap. This is not 60-year-old Mr Baldwin's first run-in with the law - in 2014, he was arrested for disorderly conduct.
    China bus crash caused by fight between passenger and driver

    China bus crash caused by fight between passenger and driver

    However, Liu did not get off and later asked the driver to stop the bus when she realised she missed her destination. The bus was pulled out of the river on Wednesday, and divers have so far recovered 13 bodies with two still missing.
    Trump embraces 'really good friend' Ted Cruz

    Trump embraces 'really good friend' Ted Cruz

    Not brutal in the sense that it was ever close: Cruz led Trump by a single delegate after the Iowa caucuses, and then never again. We all know the answer, obviously: In the moment, Trump said what he needed to say to crush a political opponent.
  • Trump holds campaign rally in Florida

    Trump holds campaign rally in Florida

    Anyone in line at that time will be allowed to vote. "And we've had 168,000 people that have taken advantage of early voting". So how exactly did this shark race election prediction work? Republicans say the law is necessary to deter voter fraud.
    Jose Mourinho to ask Gary Neville for help for European matches

    Jose Mourinho to ask Gary Neville for help for European matches

    It starts at the back, and as a team collectively, and we will be working on it every day". How we played in the second half was fantastic, but we want to be a "whole game" team.
    Patriots injury updates: Rob Gronkowski, Sony Michel reportedly will be tested pregame

    Patriots injury updates: Rob Gronkowski, Sony Michel reportedly will be tested pregame

    In 2014, Adams took advantage of more looks when the Patriots chose to focus on then-top Packers wideout Jordy Nelson. The concern in this game for Green Bay fans is going to be some of the trade activity the team recently had.
  • Floyd Mayweather Will Fight In RIZIN FF

    Floyd Mayweather Will Fight In RIZIN FF

    The fight, which will be contested under "special rules", is slated on New Year's Eve at the Saitama Super Arena . Maybe he'll face Nasukawa in a straight boxing match; that would seem to be the most likely outcome.
    With eye on aid, Pakistan PM meets Chinese counterpart

    With eye on aid, Pakistan PM meets Chinese counterpart

    Li said the former cricket star's visit would "further consolidate and develop the firm, enduring ties between our two countries". He conveyed his desire to work with him for strengthening Pakistan-China Strategic Cooperative Partnership for shared future.
    Kelly absent from show following blackface comments

    Kelly absent from show following blackface comments

    She was No. 1 in her time slot, sometimes rivaling her colleague, Bill O'Reilly, as the biggest ratings draw in all of cable news. However, Kelly spokesman Davidson Goldin told CNN Business that NBC has not been in touch with Kelly or her representatives.
  • Zola critical of Chelsea duo after cup win

    Zola critical of Chelsea duo after cup win

    Despite his mistake, Chelsea fans have high hopes that Tomori can return to the club and fill John Terry's boots. Although he recovered well, Derby lost 3-2 to Chelsea and therefore were went home empty-handed.
    Pogba and Martial fire Manchester United to victory over in-form Everton

    Pogba and Martial fire Manchester United to victory over in-form Everton

    Graeme Souness, Jamie Redknapp and Alex Scott reflect on the big talking points from Manchester United's win over Everton . Pickford made the games first real save in the 23rd minute beating a Martial blast away for a corner that came to nothing.
    Red Dead Redemption 2 out today | PlayStation 4

    Red Dead Redemption 2 out today | PlayStation 4

    Hotels are the main way locations where players can have Arthur Morgan become a clean member of the Red Dead Redemption 2 world. Don't worry, the upgrades will travel with you from camp to camp as you progress, so these are worth investing in early on.